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Nice Info Sir, In Odia it is called as Bichuati Plant, it is a shrub and it's leaves have itching property like Kapikachhu .
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31 Top Benefits Of Prickly Pear (Nagfani) For Skin, Hair & Health stylecraze.com Oct 18, 2017 12:00 PM ￼ A fruit belonging to the cactus family that possesses a wide range of benefits. That’s what the prickly pear is. Do not be intimidated by its look as the fruit pulp is delicious, more than you’d expect it to be. It is often regarded as an excellent cure for a hangover. Let us look at this fruit in detail to know more about benefits of prickly pear, its nutrition profile and also simple ways to include it in your diet. Let’s get started! Table Of Contents What Is Prickly Pear? Prickly pear is a fruit that grows on the leaves of the Nopales cacti, belong to the genus Opuntia, it’s scientific name is Opuntia ficus-indica. It is also referred to as Nagfani in Hindi, Nagajemudu in Telugu, Kallimullpazham in Malayalam, and Dindla in Gujarati. The younger plants are edible and often part of the Mexican diet. The other edible parts of the prickly pear cactus are the flowers, stems, and the leaves. Widely known as “cactus pear”, prickly pear by different names in different countries and regions like Tuna, Nopal, Nopales, Barberry figs, Indian figs. Prickly pear is a cylindrical fruit that has a firm outer skin with barbs and softer inner flesh, which is edible. It is green initially and turns reddish-pink as it matures in most plants (1). It can be eaten raw, boiled, or grilled. It is also used to make juice and jams. These tasty, oval fruits sprout from the tops of prickly cactus leaves and range in various colors from deep red-green to yellow or purple. It’s taste is similar to watermelon/raspberries and it has cucumber-like fragrance. What Is The History Of Prickly Pear? Being a cactus, the prickly pear plant can survive in dry weather conditions. It is said to have originated in Mexico and the northern countries of South America, which fall under the arid to semi-arid climate categories. In these regions, it has been a diet staple for thousands of years. It was later found to be used in the Middle East and Indian subcontinent as well. With increasing popularity, prickly pear cacti are now cultivated in Europe and Australia too. The fruit is relished not just for its flavor but also for its health benefits. Its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-aging properties have made this thorny fruit popular. So, why are these fruits food for you? Why Are Prickly Pears Good For You? Prickly pear is rich in many nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber. These make it a wonderful and healthy addition to your diet for both culinary and medicinal purposes. Their low cholesterol and saturated fat content make them a suitable option for many people across the globe who are suffering from obesity and heart disease. These versatile fruits are not a hassle to cut or prepare. If you have access to them, go ahead and purchase a few. Let us look at this fruit’s nutrition facts now. Prickly Pears Nutrition Facts When we talk about the nutritional value of prickly pear, it contains magnesium, amino acids, antioxidants, vitamins C and B, beta-carotene, iron, calcium, potassium, and many other nutrients. Having one cup of this fruit can be a good source of a considerable part of the daily intake value of many vitamins and minerals. Bear in mind that the calcium found in this traditional desert plant may not be present in its biologically active form. It is present in the form of a non-absorbable complex (calcium oxalate). Nutrition Facts Serving Size 149g Amount Per ServingCalories 61Calories from Fat 6% Daily Value*Total Fat1g1%Saturated Fat 0g0%Trans FatCholesterol 0mg0%Sodium 7mg0mgTotal Carbohydrate 14g5%Dietary Fiber 5g21%SugarsProtien 1gVitamin A1%Vitamin C35%Calcium8%Iron2% Vitamins Amounts Per Selected Serving %DV Vitamin A64.1IU1%Vitamin C20.9mg35%Vitamin D––Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol)––Vitamin K––Thiamin0.0mg1%Riboflavin0.1mg5%Niacin0.7mg3%Vitamin B60.1mg4%Folate8.9mcg2%Vitamin B120.0mcg0%Pantothenic Acid––Choline–Betaine–Vitamin C35%MineralsAmounts Per Selected Serving%DVCalcium83.4mg8%Iron0.4mg2%Magnesium127mg32%Phosphorus35.8mg4%Potassium328mg9%Sodium7.5mg0%Zinc0.2mg1%Copper0.1mg6%Manganese––Selenium0.9mcg1%Fluoride––Fats & Fatty AcidsAmounts Per Selected Serving%DVTotal Fat0.8g1%Saturated Fat0.1g0%Monounsaturated Fat0.1gPolyunsaturated Fat0.3gTotal trans fatty acids–Total trans-monoenoic fatty acids–Total trans-polyenoic fatty acids–Total Omega-3 fatty acids34.3mgTotal Omega-6 fatty acids277mg The amount of vitamin C present in one cup of prickly pear constitutes 35% of our daily value intake, whereas magnesium constitutes 32% of the DV. It is also rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which are the healthy forms of fats that possess anti-inflammatory properties. Now that we have a brief understanding of the nutrients found in prickly pear cactus fruit, let us look what the presence of these nutrients implies. The many health benefits of this fruit are discussed below. What Are The Health Benefits Of Prickly Pear Cactus? Some of prickly pear health benefits include its ability to lower cholesterol levels, aid in weight loss, improve the digestive process, fight cancer cells, decrease the risk of diabetes, boost the immune system and reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s. Read on to know more. 1. Potential Role In Weight Control ￼ Image: Shutterstock Obesity is a global epidemic and needs to be managed at the earliest. Instead of resorting to extreme measures like harmful medications or surgery, a simple solution to this problem could be consuming plenty of dietary fiber. Prickly pear fruit contains fiber that will make you feel full for longer and reduce hunger pangs. It also helps in the elimination of dietary fat by binding it and excreting it from the system. As the intestines do not get a chance to absorb the dietary fat, this fruit effectively helps in weight control and even weight loss (2). 2. Helps Lower Cholesterol Continuing on the weight loss tangent, prickly pear can also help reduce the cholesterol levels in the blood. Its fiber (pectin) content can be held responsible for this as it helps eliminate LDL cholesterol from the body. Experiments have shown that prickly pear can reduce both plasma levels and hepatic levels of cholesterol (3, 4). Also, certain phytosterols found in cactus seed oil can alter cholesterol metabolism in a positive way (5). Hyperlipidemia, the condition of high cholesterol levels, can also be brought under control. 3. Source Of Essential Micronutrients The essential micronutrients found in prickly pear are vitamin C, folate, vitamin B6, riboflavin, niacin, iron, magnesium, calcium, and potassium. Of these, the highest % DV is held by vitamin C and magnesium (6). Consumption of one cup of this fruit on a regular basis can provide your body with these micronutrients that are required for various physiological and metabolic processes. 4. Fights Cancer Cells The flavonoid compounds in prickly pear lower the risk of breast, prostate, stomach, pancreatic, ovarian, cervical, and lung cancers. They were shown to inhibit the growth of cancer cells in the lab and mice models. They also caused the death of these cancerous cells at higher concentrations (7). These compounds also have the ability to remove free radicals and improve the activities of pro-oxidant enzymes. 5. Prevents Ulcers Both physical and mental stress can cause changes in the gastrointestinal mucosa and result in gastric ulcers. Inflammation occurs as there is an increase in the pro-inflammatory compounds that damage the gastric wall. Prickly pear exerts a positive effect on the gastric mucosa, and this activity is mainly facilitated by a compound called betanin found in this fruit. The gastric mucus production is regulated, and there is also a reduction in the pro-inflammatory chemicals. As a result of this, the chances of developing ulcers are highly reduced by the consumption of prickly pear (8). 6. Blood Sugar Regulation ￼ Image: Shutterstock Cactus pear is often touted for its hypoglycemic activity. This means that the ingestion of this fruit or its extract can lower high blood glucose levels as well as maintain normal levels. Different experiments on both diabetic and antidiabetic rats have shown a decrease in blood glucose levels. The main mechanism of this reduction is a decrease in the intestinal absorption of glucose (9, 10). Prickly pear cactus fruit’s fiber and pectin content are considered responsible for this activity. Once the blood sugar levels are brought under control, type II diabetes can be managed easily. 7. Nopal Cactus Cleans The Colon The high fiber content of prickly pear not only helps in lowering blood sugar/glucose and cholesterol levels but also helps in regulating the general functioning of the colon. Enough glucose is absorbed, and unhealthy fats and excess bile are eliminated from the body. This keeps the colon in optimum health. The inflammation and oxidative stress that the colon is being subjected to are also alleviated. The antioxidants present in prickly pear eliminate the free radicals and inflammation-inducing compounds, thus cleansing and protecting the colon (11). 8. Soothes The Stomach In Mexico, prickly pear is commonly used as a dietary supplement. People consume prickly pear daily to regularize their bowel movements. This helps to maintain a healthy digestive system and prevents constipation. The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of compounds found in cactus pear are also responsible for aiding stomach health and soothing it (12). 9. Protects The Liver We often consume carcinogens and other compounds that can damage the liver without realizing the damage they can cause. Here’s a solution. Consume prickly pear as a juice or in the form of jams or jellies to prevent liver damage. It contains plenty of antioxidants that can reduce the oxidative stress caused by such compounds on the liver. It exerts hepatoprotective activity that mainly involves eliminating free radicals and increasing the body’s antioxidant activity against these compounds (13). 10. Reduces Hangovers ￼ Image: Shutterstock This fruit has the ability to reduce the effects of a hangover. Prickly pear juice reduces the production of inflammatory mediators that induce the uncomfortable feeling during alcohol hangovers. It also reduces other symptoms like nausea and dry mouth (14). 11. Immune System Booster The vitamin C content of prickly pear is responsible for this particular health benefit. Vitamin C boosts the body’s immune response against various infections. It increases the production of white blood cells that undertake the process of killing and eliminating infectious microorganisms from the body. Vitamin C also acts as an antioxidant and reduces the free radical damage throughout the body. This also gives the immune system a boost (15, 16). 12. Reduces Risk Of Colon Cancer Prickly pear contains various types of antioxidants like flavonoids, quercetins, gallic acid, phenolic compounds, betacyanins, etc. The antioxidant activity of these was tested against colon cancer cell lines, and the viability of these cells was greatly affected by them (17). Quercetin, especially, plays a key role in the disruption of a certain pathway involved in the development of cancer cells (18). 13. Protects Against Heart Disease The fiber content of prickly pear helps reduce cholesterol levels in the body and maintain blood pressure. Hence, hypertension and bad cholesterol are brought under control. These factors are associated with atherosclerosis, coronary heart disease, and other heart diseases. Cactus fruit’s antioxidants also help to enhance cardiovascular health (19, 20). The biologically active flavonoids in prickly pears normalize the blood platelet stickiness, which helps to maintain good cardiovascular health (21). Hence, herbal doctors often recommend consuming prickly pear for alleviating cardiovascular disease. 14. Alleviates Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) Prickly pear is rich in the mineral potassium. When ingested, this mineral can reduce the pressure on the blood vessels and lower the elevated blood pressure levels. Regular intake of prickly pear can maintain normal blood pressure levels and give relief from hypertension. The betalain found in this fruit also strengthens the inner walls of the blood vessels, further aiding in the promotion of cardiovascular health (22). 15. Osteoporosis Protection ￼ Image: Shutterstock This fruit is anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antihistamine in nature. It also contains flavonoids that prevent the release of the compounds that help in inflammation of the joints and muscles caused due to gout, arthritis, exercise, fibromyalgia, and allergies. Osteoporosis, which is essentially an inflammatory disease, can be prevented and treated with prickly pear supplementation (23). 16. Stroke Prevention A decrease in total body fat and elevated cholesterol, glucose, and blood pressure levels can all impact cardiovascular health in a very positive way. As these levels are reduced in the body, the risk of stroke or heart attack goes down (24, 25). 17. Reduces Frequency Of Migraine Headaches Migraine is a chronic inflammatory condition that is characterized by the presence of a severe headache (usually on one side of the head) with disturbances in digestion and vision. And to alleviate this inflammation, anti-inflammatory compounds are needed. These are found in abundance in the prickly pear fruit, especially the compound indicaxanthin. This is technically a dietary pigment that can reduce various pro-inflammatory factors in the body (26). If consumed frequently, this fruit can help people deal with migraines. It also reduces their intensity and frequency. 18. Alleviates Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) Cramps, back pain, headaches, and breast tenderness are common symptoms that woman experience during PMS. Most of these symptoms are associated with an increase in the levels of prostaglandins (hormone-like chemicals) in the body. Prickly pear is known to inhibit the synthesis of prostaglandins, thus alleviating PMS symptoms (27). 19. Strengthens Bones And Teeth Our teeth and bones are composed of calcium, and our diet is the only source of this mineral. The body obviously cannot synthesize calcium by itself. One cup of fresh prickly pear fruit contains 83 milligrams of calcium, which constitutes about 8% of the daily intake recommended by the FDA. This calcium intake will strengthen our bones and teeth (28). 20. Promotes Digestive Health ￼ Image: Shutterstock Fiber is an important part of our diet when it comes to digestive health. And prickly pear is loaded with fiber. This aids smooth digestion of various components of the food we eat and enhances the activity of the digestive enzymes. Additionally, the fiber from the fruit can help in the smooth elimination of wastes from the body (29). 21. Makes Your Nails Healthy Prickly pear seed oil can be used to moisturize dry and damaged nails and restore the health of the nails and cuticles. It contains moisturizing fatty acids like linoleic acid, oleic acid, and palmitic acid. Small concentrations of other fatty acids are also found (30). What Are The Benefits Of Prickly Pear For The Skin? The seeds of this fruit are cold pressed to prepare a beauty oil. It possesses many properties that give it the following benefits: 22. Anti-Aging Properties It contains skin-softening vitamins E and K. It also contains a good amount of skin hydrating and nourishing fatty acids. These prevent the formation of wrinkles and fine lines, thus making prickly pear oil a good anti-aging agent (30). 23. Anti-Inflammatory Agent This xerophytic plant’s oil has great inflammation-fighting capabilities because of the presence of anti-inflammatory compounds. The betalains and phenolic compounds exert this effect when the oil is applied topically on the skin. Swelling and irritation due to insect bites, scrapes, or inflammatory skin conditions like psoriasis and dermatitis can be reduced by the application of this oil. 24. Brightens The Skin Tone This oil is also often used for its skin brightening properties. Linoleic acid, which is a fatty acid, not only nourishes the skin but also eliminates dullness. It also protects the skin from UV radiation (31). 25. Helps Achieve Smoother Skin It is super hydrating for dull and dry skin. Linoleic, oleic, and palmitic fatty acids, which are found in major proportions in prickly pear seed oil, supply the skin with the oils it lacks. 26. Heals Cuts, Wounds, And Blemishes Phenolic compounds are also found in good concentrations in prickly pear oil, which exert antioxidant effects on the skin and help repair damaged skin (32). Cut wounds, scars, and other blemishes that may have formed due to various reasons will start healing and fading over time. Apply this oil regularly to reap its healing benefits. 27. Reduces Dark Circles Dark circles under the eyes are formed due to many reasons. Lack of sleep, dehydration, and oxidative stress are the major factors that can cause your under eye area to become dull and get a bluish-purplish tinge. Prickly pear seed oil contains skin nourishing fatty acids that also possess skin brightening properties. In conjunction, these properties can help to lighten your dark circles. All of these properties make prickly pear seed oil an excellent choice for mature, aging, and/or damaged skin. Let us now look at the benefits of prickly pear for your hair. How Does Prickly Pear Benefit Your Hair? Both the fruit and the oil from its seeds can be used to smoothen hair texture, reduce hair fall, increase hair growth, and improve hair health overall. 28. Nourishes Hair We already know that the oil from the seeds of this cactus fruit contains plenty of fatty acids, minerals, and vitamins that can benefit the skin. Similarly, these can also nourish the scalp and hair by providing the healthy oils they may be lacking. A special mention is required for prickly pear’s vitamin E content that can deeply condition the hair. 29. Makes Your Hair Shiny ￼ Image: Shutterstock You can use prickly pear oil to make your hair glossy. This oil can give you double the amount of fatty acids and protein than argan oil, which is a popular oil used for restoring the natural hair shine. 30. Reduces Hair Loss The pulp of this fruit is often added to hair care products as its antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds can give relief from many scalp conditions and, in turn, reduce hair loss and stimulate hair growth (33, 34). 31. Natural Hair Conditioner Here’s a simple recipe to concoct your own hair conditioner at home using prickly pear cactus: You Will Need 1-2 large nopal cactus pads1/2 cucumber2-3 tablespoons extra virgin coconut oil1-2 tablespoons coconut milk (optional) What You Have To Do 1. Wash the cactus carefully and peel it to remove all the thorns and barbs. 2. Dice this into small squares and add chopped cucumber to it. 3. Add the olive oil and coconut milk and blend everything. 4. Apply this on the scalp and hair. 5. Let it sit for 20-30 minutes and then rinse it off thoroughly. Make sure no residue remains in your hair. This cactus pear hair mask will make your hair healthy, silky, and soft. It is also useful to protect your hair from the scorching sun and rejuvenate heat-damaged hair. Those were the benefits of the fruit. Now, let’s see where you can buy these delectable fruits. Where To Buy Prickly Pear Cactus Fruit? Prickly pears can be easily found in regular grocery stores. If you cannot find them there, try the Mexican or Middle Eastern vegetable markets. See the next section to know how to make prickly pear a wonderful addition to your diet. How To Incorporate Prickly Pear Into Your Diet? ￼ Image: Shutterstock The prickly pear cactus plant has different parts that are edible. The pad of the cactus, which is often referred to as the nopal, is used as a vegetable in Mexican dishes. Its texture is similar to that of okra when cooked. It is boiled or grilled and is added to soups and salads mostly. Apart from the cactus pad, the fruit or the pear itself can be eaten. Like any other fruit, you can simply rinse it, peel it, and eat it fresh. The flowers of this plant are often used as garnishing or added to salads for extra flavor. Eating the prickly pear fruit is not a difficult process. All you need to do is peel the skin and eat the fleshy pulp present inside. Be careful of the spines when you are handling the fruit initially and the seeds when you are eating it. Many people also prepare jams and jellies from prickly pear fruit. If you do not have access to a store where you can purchase this fruit from, there are extracts available in the market. The dosage of these extracts would depend on the concentration, and it is best if the manufacturer’s recommendation is followed. Prickly pear water is also available in the market these days. This is prepared from the juice of the fruit and filtered water, along with some additional ingredients like lemon juice. Prickly pear is used in various forms to serve various purposes. These uses are given below. Uses Of Prickly Pear Cactus As A Supplement Due to its benefits for lowering blood sugar levels, supplements for type 2 diabetes patients have been designed. The extract is also used to lower cholesterol, target obesity, and lower the risk of heart disease. This supplement is available usually in a powder or a pill form. People also use the supplement before drinking alcohol to reduce the symptoms of an alcoholic hangover. Juice And Pulp The juice or the pulp (without seeds) of the prickly pear fruit is extracted to make jams and jellies. The juice, by itself, can be very tart. It is often added to lemonade or margaritas for that extra zing. To reduce the tartness and still benefit from this amazing xerophyte, jams and jellies are prepared. Medicinal Uses When it comes to usage in medicine, prickly pear is used in medications for: Type 2 diabetesHigh cholesterolObesityAlcohol hangoverHeart diseaseColitisDiarrheaViral infectionsBenign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) (35) Now that we covered the many uses of this fruit, it is also important to know how to select the best fruit and store it so that you can derive the maximum benefits. Read on to know how. How To Select And Store Cactus Pear Mid-August is considered the best time to harvest prickly pear cactus fruit. Once you have located a plant, follow these steps: Using a pair of tongs, gently pluck the fruit from the cactus pad. It should come off easily. Beware of the spines on the nopales and also the glochids (microscopic spines) on the fruit. Using gardening or leathergloves can help prevent any spines from piercing your skin.Transfer the fruits to a large, clean bowl or bucket. Make sure to leave at least one fruit per cactus pad so that your harvesting does not interfere with the plants’ reproduction process.Pick fruits that are ruby colored (or other colors seen in prickly pear). Do not pick the ones that are still green at the ends.Rinse the fruits with water thoroughly. Swirl them around gently while doing this to get rid of the spines. Cactus pear fruits remain ripe for about a week. They can also be refrigerated for 3-4 days in a plastic bag. Here is how you can cut and prepare prickly pear fruit. How To Eat Prickly Pear Cactus Rinse the fruit thoroughly in a colander using cold water. Keep swirling it around gently while doing this to get rid of the all the spines.Once all the spines have been removed, gently pat the fruit dry using a soft napkin.Take a sharp knife and cut the top and bottom parts of the fruit and discard them.Cut lengthwise to peel off the skin, similar to how you would peel an orange with a knife.Chop or slice the fruit, as per your preference, and eat it. Though the seeds are safe to ingest, many people prefer not to as they are too hard. If you are still confused about how to consume this exotic fruit, we have some simple but delicious recipes for you below. Any Prickly Pear Recipes? 1. Prickly Pear Lemonade ￼ Image: Shutterstock You Will Need 1 prickly pear2 tablespoons lemon juice1 cup water1/2 tablespoon sugar5-6 ice cubesMint leaves for garnishing Recipe Add the sugar and lemon juice to water and mix well.Cut the prickly pear in half and remove the pulp present inside. Add this to the lemonade.Blend all of these for 15-30 seconds.Strain the mixture to remove the seeds.Add ice cubes and drink this refreshing lemonade with a twist. 2. Prickly Pear Puree You Will Need Prickly pear Recipe Rinse and peel the fruit. De-seed it.Squash the flesh thoroughly for a couple of minutes until you get a smooth puree.Store this in an airtight container in the refrigerator. 3. Prickly Pear Ice Cream You Will Need 1 cup prickly pear juice1/8 cup lemon juice1 quart half and half1 teaspoon sea salt2 cups sugar1 teaspoon tangerine zestA pinch of lemon zest Recipe Combine all the ingredients and pour into an ice cream maker.Let it run for about 20 minutes.Freeze the ice cream overnight or for at least six hours. 4. Prickly Pear Cactus Jelly You Will Need 2 1/2 lbs prickly pear fruit3-4 tablespoons lemon juice2 cups sugarPeel of half a lemonWater Recipe Singe off the spines on the fruit and carefully peel them.Cut into inch-long chunks and transfer to a pot. Add enough water to cover the entire fruit.Bring this to a boil and then let it simmer for 10 minutes.Strain this using a cheesecloth to remove all the seeds. Use a wooden spoon to mash the pulp and get all the juice from it.To this prickly pear juice, add the lemon juice, sugar, and lemon peel.Cook this at high heat and keep stirring regularly until you get a jelly consistency.Store in airtight jars in the refrigerator for up to six months. Let me now summarize some key facts about prickly pear for you. What Are The Facts About Prickly Pear I Need To Know? Prickly pear is also known as the nopal cactus and has flat, oval green leaves called pads, which are covered in spines.The fruits arise from the top of the cactus pads and are edible.This fruit, which is also called as the cactus pear, cactus fig or tuna, is usually red.Prickly pear is rich in vitamin C, magnesium, and omega fatty acids. It contains zero cholesterol.Even the pads of this plant are edible. They are commonly used in soups and salads.The fruits can be ingested by themselves or in the form of juice, jams, jellies, and even candy.Cactus fig is beneficial for the treatment of many ailments like high cholesterol, obesity, hypertension, heart disease, and stomach issues. Even though this fruit has plenty of benefits, it can, at times, cause reactions in a few people. Here are the side effects experienced. Side Effects Of Prickly Pear Cactus Upset stomach, diarrhea, bloating, and headache are the most common side effects noticed (36).Nasal inflammation or asthma can be caused due to an allergy to it.Eating broiled nopal stem can have an extreme hypoglycemic effect. This is not seen when raw stems or ripe fruit are eaten.It can interfere with the body’s ability to absorb certain medications due to its diuretic properties.Pregnant or women who are breastfeeding should not intake prickly pear in any form as it can interfere with the fetus’ or child’s development. Let us now look at some of the commonly asked questions by our readers about prickly pear. Expert’s Answers For Readers’ Questions What can reduce the skin irritation caused by prickly pear contact? The spines (glochids) present on prickly pear can come in contact with the skin and at times, cause allergic reactions such as hives. These usually subside within an hour or so. If the spines have pierced the skin, carefully pluck them using tweezers or cellophane tape. To reduce the itching and irritation, you can use over-the-counter steroids or antihistamines. Does prickly pear/tuna increase hemoglobin? Is it safe to consume? Prickly pear has been known to increase hemoglobin. However, there is no clinical proof for this. However, it is absolutely safe to consume. So, go ahead and try it. Does prickly pear cause constipation? Prickly pear is often used to relieve constipation because of its fiber content. Irrespective of this, excessive intake can actually cause constipation because of the high amount of fiber blocking the intestines. Hence, it is best to consume it in moderate amounts. How to prune prickly pear cactus? Pruning is best done in spring or late summer to remove damaged, poorly formed, or excessive cactus pads. Using protective hand gear and clothing, carefully trim the pads at their bases. It might be best to cut off some of the top parts of the pads first to get better access to the base. If you are unsure about pruning the plant yourself or the cactus has grown out too much, get professional help. Are all prickly pear cactus edible? What kind of cactus is edible? The genus Opuntia consists of different species of cacti that are edible. You can identify these plants by their oval, flattened, green, and spine covered pads. The prickly pear cactus (O. Ficus-indica) is the most commonly eaten species. How many calories are in cactus pears? One cup of cactus pear contains around 61 calories. Is a cactus a fruit or a vegetable? The prickly pear cactus is one of those plants that is a vegetable and a fruit. The green pads are the vegetable whereas the red pear is the fruit. Have you ever tried prickly pear fruit? Or have you had a chance to have one of those delicious Mexican dishes with the cactus pads in it? Share your experience with us in the comments section. Stay healthy! Recommended Articles:Dr. Tapan Kumar Sau4 Likes16 Answers
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Panchakarma- Five Teatments -1 Pancha Karma is the cornerstone to Ayurvedic management of disease. Pancha Karma is the process which gets to the root cause of the problem and corrects the essential balance of 'Tridosha' in body. Pancha Karma is not only good for alleviating disease but is also a useful tool in maintaining excellent health. Ayurveda advises undergoing Pancha Karma at the seasonal changes to clean the body, improve the digestion and to improve the metabolic processes. Panchakarma is a Sanskrit word that means "five actions" or "five treatments ". This age-old science of purifying the body is an ancient branch of Ayurveda, The Treatment in Ayurveda consists of two main types. One is Shaman Chikitsa, used to subdue the vitiated Doshas, due to which any ailments may be produced. It is administered by using various medicinal herbo-mineral preparations. However, if the Doshas are vitiated beyond a particular level, they give rise to various endotoxins, which have a tendency to be accumulated in the minute channels. These are beyond the level of pacification and hence need to be eliminated or removed from the body. In such cases, the second type of treatment, which is Shodhan Chikitsa or cleansing therapy, is indicated. Since it consists of the five types of main therapies, it is known as the Panchakarma Chikitsa. Panchakarma has been given a special place in all the ancient Ayurvedic texts. Aacharya Charak, the author of the most important ancient text on internal medicine, has described a wide use of Panchakarma therapy for almost all the major diseases. Two separate sections, Kalpa Sthanam, and Siddhi Sthanam in Charak Samhita describe the details of special decoctions and other preparations used for Panchakarma therapy. Panchakarma includes three parts namely: Poorva Karma (Preparatory Methods)which includes : Paachan (Digestion) Snehan (Internal and external oleation) Swedan (Fomentation) Pradhan Karma (Main methods)which includes : Vaman (Induced vomiting) Virechan (Induced purgation) Basti (Medicated enema) Nasya (Nasal medicine) Rakta Mokshan (Artificial bloodletting) Pashchat Karma (Post-Therapeutic Measures)which includes: Sansarjan Krama (Specific dietetics), DhumaPana (smoking of medicinal cigars) and some rules to follow specific activities. Purvakarma : Pre-purification Measures Before the actual operation of purification begins, there is a need to prepare the body in prescribed methods to encourage the body to let go of the toxins. The two procedures are 'snehan' and 'swedan'. Snehan is the oil massage. Oil is applied to the entire body with a particular type of massage which helps the toxins to move towards the gastro-intestinal tract. Oil massage also makes the superficial and deep tissues soft and supple. Snehan is given daily for three to seven days, as indicated. Swedan is sudation or sweating and is given every day immediately following the snehan. An herbal concoction may be added to the steam to further loosen the toxins from the individual. Swedan liquefies the toxins and increases the movement of toxins into the gastro-intestinal tract. After three to seven days of snehan and swedan, the doshas become well "ripened". A particular panchakarma method is then given according to the individual's constitution and disorder, prakruti and vikruti, respectively. Panchakarma - Five Basic Shodhans: Cleansing Methods 1) Vaman : therapeutic vomiting or emesis 2) Virechan : purgation 3) Basti : enema 4) Nasya : elimination of toxins through the nose 5) Rakta moksha : detoxification of the blood Vaman: Emesis Therapy When there is congestion in the lungs causing repeated attacks of bronchitis, colds, cough or asthma, the Ayurvedic treatment is therapeutic vomiting, vaman, to eliminate the kapha causing the excess mucus. First, after the snehan and swedan, three to four glasses of licorice or salt water is administered, then vomiting is stimulated by rubbing the tongue which triggers the vomiting center through the gag reflex. One may alternatively take two to three glasses of salt water which will also aggravate kapha and then rub the tongue to induce vomiting. Once the mucus is released the patient will feel instantly relieved. It is likely that congestion, wheezing and breathlessness will disappear and that the sinuses will become clear. Therapeutic vomiting is also indicated in chronic asthma, diabetes, chronic cold, lymphatic congestion, chronic indigestion and edema. Emetic Substances: madan-emetic nut, madhuka-yastimadhu-licorice, neem-bitter leaf, bimbi, kutaj-kurchi- conessi bark, murva-clematis, triloba-devdaru-deodar, Cedrus deodara, Salt, NaCl, ela-cardamom, nux vomica. Indications for Vaman : used for all kapha type disorders good for pitta headache, dizziness, and nausea will help to release blocked emotions respiratory congestion bronchitis chronic cold sinus congestion kaphagenic asthma Contra-Indications for Vaman : below the age of 12 or over age 65 menstruation pre-menstrual period (one week prior) pregnancy emaciation delicate or sensitive person with too much fear, grief or anxiety hypoglycemia vata prakruti vata diseases heart diseases during vata season acute fever diarrhea obesity Virechan : Purgation Therapy When excess bile, pitta, is secreted and accumulated in the gall bladder, liver and small intestine, it tends to result in rashes, skin inflammation, acne, chronic attacks of fever, biliary vomiting, nausea and jaundice. Ayurvedic literature suggests in these conditions the administration of therapeutic purgation or a therapeutic laxative. Virechan is facilitated with senna leaves, flax seeds, psyllium husks or triphala in a combination that is appropriate for the individual person. Virechan Substances: Senna, prune, bran, flaxseed husk, dandelion root, psyllium seed, cow's milk, salt, castor oil, raisins, mango juice, triphala. Indications for Virechan: allergic rash skin inflammation acne, dermatitis, eczema chronic fever ascites biliary vomiting jaundice urinary disorder enlargement of the spleen internal worms burning sensation in the eyes inflammation of the eyes conjunctivitis gout Contra-Indications for Virechan: low agni acute fever diarrhea severe constipation bleeding from rectum or lung cavities foreign body in the stomach after enema emaciation or weakness prolapsed rectum alcoholism dehydration childhood old age ulcerative colitisAyurveda-Panchakarma Basti & Nasya -2 Basti: Enema Therapy Vata's predominant site is the colon. Ayurvedic basti involves the introduction into the rectum of herbal concoctions of sesame oil, and certain herbal preparations in a liquid medium. Basti, is the most effective treatment of vata disorders, although many enemas over a prescribed period of time are usually required. It relieves constipation, distention, chronic fever, cold, sexual disorders, kidney stones, heart pain, backache, sciatica and other pains in the joints. Many other vata disorders such as arthritis, rheumatism, gout, muscle spasms and headaches may also be treated with basti. Vata is a very active principle in pathogenesis. If we can control vata through the use of basti, we have gone a long way in going to the root cause of the vast majority of diseases. Vata is the main etiological factor in the manifestation of diseases. It is the motive force behind the elimination and retention of feces, urine, bile and other excreta. There are eight main types of basti, according to traditional texts, each with their own indications and contra-indications as listed below. 1. Anuvasana (oil enema) is used in pure vata disorders and when a person is having excess hunger or dryness related to vata imbalances. 2. Niruha-Asthapana (decoction enema) is used, among other conditions, for evacuation of vata, nervous diseases, gastro-intestinal vata conditions, gout, certain fever conditions, unconsciousness, certain urinary conditions, appetite, pain, hyperacidity and heart diseases. 3. Uttara Basti (through the urethra with men or vagina with women) is used for selected semen and ovulation disorders and for some problems involving painful urination or bladder infections. This is not to be used for someone with diabetes. 4. Matra Basti (daily oil enema) is used by someone emaciated by overwork or too much exercise, too much heavy lifting, walking too long of a distance, too much sexual activity or someone with chronic vata disorders. It does not need to be accompanied by any strict dietary restriction or daily routine and can be administered, in the appropriate cases, in all seasons. It gives strength, promotes weight and helps elimination of waste products. 5. Karma Basti (schedule of 30 bastis), 6. Kala Basti (schedule of 15 bastis; 10 oil + 5 decoction) 7. Yoga Basti (schedule of 8 bastis; 5 oil + 3 decoction). 8. Bruhana Basti (nutritional enema) is used for providing deep nutrition in select conditions. Traditionally, highly nutritive substances have been used, such as warm milk, meat broth, bone marrow soup and herbs like shatavari or ashwagandha. General Indications for Basti: constipation low back ache gout rheumatism sciatica arthritis nervous disorders vata headache emaciation muscular atrophy General Contra-Indications for Basti (include but are not limited to the following): Enema therapy should not be used if the patient is suffering from diarrhea, bleeding of the rectum, chronic indigestion, breathlessness, diabetes, fever, emaciation, severe anemia, pulmonary tuberculosis, old age or for children below the age of seven years. for oil enemas: diabetes, obesity, indigestion, low agni, enlarged liver or spleen, unconsciousness, tuberculosis and cough. for decoction enemas: debility, hiccough, hemorrhoids, inflammation of anus, piles, diarrhea, pregnancy, ascites, diabetes and some conditions involving painful or difficult breathing. for nutritional enemas: diabetes, obesity, lymphatic obstruction, ascites. for urethra or vaginal enemas: diabetes Nasya: Nasal Administration The nose is the doorway to the brain and it is also the doorway to consciousness. The nasal administration of medication is called nasya. An excess of bodily humors accumulated in the sinus, throat, nose or head areas is eliminated by means of the nearest possible opening, the nose. Prana, life force as nerve energy, enters the body through the breath taken in through the nose. Prana is in the brain and maintains sensory and motor functions. Prana also governs mental activities, memory, concentration and intellectual activities. Deranged prana creates defective functioning of all these activities and produces headaches, convulsions, loss of memory and reduced sensory perception. Thus nasal administration, nasya is indicated for prana disorders, sinus congestion, migraine headaches, convulsions and certain eye and ear problems. There are six main types of nasya, as listed below. 1. Pradhamana (virechan) Nasya (cleansing nasya) uses dry powders (rather than oils) that are blown into the nose with a tube. Pradhamana nasya is mainly used for kapha types of diseases involving headaches, heaviness in the head, cold, nasal congestion, sticky eyes, hoarseness of voice due to sticky kapha, sinusitis, cervical lymph adenitis, tumors, worms, some skin diseases, epilepsy, drowsiness, Parkinsonism, inflammation of the nasal mucosa, attachment, greed and lust. Traditionally, powders such as brahmi are used. 2. Bruhana Nasya (nutrition nasya) uses ghee, oils, salt, shatavari ghee, ashwagandha ghee and medicated milk and is used mainly for vata disorders. It is said to benefit conditions resulting from vata imbalances such as vata-type headaches, migraine headache, dryness of voice, dry nose, nervousness, anxiety, fear, dizziness, emptiness, negativity, heaviness of eyelids, bursitis, stiffness in the neck, dry sinuses and loss of sense of smell. 3. Shaman Nasya (sedative nasya) is used according to which dosha is aggravated but mainly for pitta-type disorders such as thinning of hair, conjunctivitis and ringing in the ears. Generally certain herbal medicated decoctions, teas and medicated oils are used. 4. Navana Nasya (decoction nasya) is used in vata-pitta or kapha-pitta disorders and is made from decoctions and oils together. 5. Marshya Nasya (ghee or oil nasya) 6. Prati Marshya (daily oil nasya) This helps to open deep tissues and can be done every day and at any time to release stress. Substances Used in Nasya: brahmi, ginger, ghee oils, decoctions, onion, garlic, Piper longum, black pepper, curry pepper, rose, jasmine, mogra flowers and henna. Indications for Nasya: stress emotional imbalances stiffness in the neck & shoulders dryness of the nose sinus congestion hoarseness migraine headache convulsions Contra-Indications for Nasya: sinus infections pregnancy menstruation after sex, bathing, eating or drinking of alcohol should not be used below 7 years or over 80 years of age Click here to read more about 'Nasyakarma' Raktamoksha : Traditional Ayurvedic Method for Purification and Cleansing of the Blood Toxins present in the gastro-intestinal tract are absorbed into the blood and circulated throughout the body. This condition is called toxemia, which is the basic cause of repeated infections, hypertension and certain other circulatory conditions. This includes repeated attacks of skin disorders such as urticaria, rashes, herpes, eczema, acne, leukoderma, chronic itching or hives. In such conditions, along with internal medication, elimination of the toxins and purification of the blood is necessary. Raktamoksha is also indicated for cases of enlarged liver, spleen and gout. Extracting a small amount of blood from a vein relieves the tension created by the pittagenic toxins in the blood. Bloodletting also stimulates the spleen to produce antitoxic substances which helps to stimulate the immune system. Toxins are neutralized enabling radical cures in many blood born disorders. Bloodletting is contraindicated in cases of anemia, edema, extreme weakness, diabetes and in children and elderly persons. Indications for Raktamoksha: urticaria rash acne eczema scabies leukoderma chronic itching hives enlarged liver or spleen gout Contra-Indications for Raktamoksha: anemia edema weakness young children old age during pregnancy during menstruation Read more about Various Diseases and Indicated Panchakarma procedures for them > @Dr. Tapan Kumar Sau19 Likes35 Answers
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TOP 24 HEALTH WONDERS OF IZKHAR/LEMONGRASS- 1. Respiratory Balm: Lemongrass is rich in volatile oils, which have a beneficial, balsamic effect on the respiratory tract, alleviating certain conditions including laryngitis and sore throats. 2. Anti-Pyretic: Inhaling lemongrass vapors increases perspiration and lowers heat, relieving the symptoms associated with flu, cold and hay fever. 3. Relieves Pain: The analgesic compounds in lemongrass essential oils help alleviate muscle spasms, by relaxing the muscles, providing instant relief in cases of abdominal pain, headaches, joint pains, digestive tract spasms, and muscle cramps. 4. Regulates Blood Pressure: Lemongrass’ high potassium content promotes diuresis, which lowers and regulates blood pressure, stimulates blood circulation and reduces hypertension. 5. Repairs Tissues: Lemongrass oil increases the body’s ability to repair damaged connective tissue, by improving blood circulation, in cases of trauma to cartilage, ligaments and tendons. 6. Anti Septic: Lemongrass inhibits the growth of harmful micro-organisms(bacteria, yeast, fungal, parasites, etc.), quickly healing gastrointestinal infections, urinary tract infections and wounds, while preserving the beneficial bacteria. 7. Diuretic: Lemongrass is an effective diuretic (increasing the frequency of waste disposal through urine), effectively eliminating toxins and uric acid, cleansing and alleviating the digestive, liver, pancreas, kidneys, and bladder functions. 8. Relives Constipation/Indigestion: Lemongrass regulates intestinal function and motility, by destroying bad bacteria and parasites, repopulating the good bacteria in the colon, effective in curing indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, intestinal bloating, flatulence, stomach spasms, vomiting and cramps. 9. Antidepressant: Lemongrass tea has long been prescribed in alleviating anxiety and depressive symptoms as it contains nutrients necessary for effective nervous system functioning, and in calming stressed nerves. 10. Anti Cancer: Citral, a compound found in lemongrass, has shown to contribute in the death of cancer cells with no noted negative effect on normal cells. 11. Detoxifier: The anti-oxidant, anti-septic, and diuretic effects of lemongrass make it an important ingredient of any detox diet, as it helps cleanse and purify the liver, kidneys, bladder, pancreas, and increases blood circulation. 12. Fortifies Nervous System: Lemongrass essential oils contain nutrients like magnesium, phosphorous, and Folate, known to nourish and strengthen the functioning of the nervous system, improving concentration, memory and the brain’s ability to process information. 13. Analgesic: Due to its anti-inflammatory and anti-septic properties, lemongrass juice can be used as a valuable aid for treating toothache, muscle pain, joint pain, arthritis, gout and inflammation of the urinary tract. 14. For Women's Health: Lemongrass tea is excellent in providing relief from morning sickness, hot flushes, and in reduction of menstrual pain. 15. Insect Repellent: Citronella oil, extracted from lemongrass leaves and stems, is one of the most potent organic insect repellent, and can be found in soap, perfumery, and flavoring formulations. 16. For Anemia: Iron, essential for the synthesis of hemoglobin (the protein in red cells responsible for carrying oxygen throughout the body), is abundant in lemongrass. 17. For Diabetes: The purifying and cleansing effect of lemongrass tea, help to detoxify the pancreas and improve its functions, thus lowering blood sugar level in diabetic patients. 18. For Gastritis or Heartburn: A regular intake of warm Lemongrass tea therapeutically soothes, and gradually reduces the recurrence of gastritis, acid indigestion, and heartburn. 19. Anti-Cholesterol/Anti-Atherosclerosis: Lemongrass greatly limits cholesterol absorption from the intestines and also the oxidation of LDL-cholesterol in the blood, thus preventing one of the first steps in the formation of atheroscleroticplaques. 20. For Insomnia: Lemongrass purifies the body, nourishes and soothes the nervous system, and counters chemical imbalances which are the main reasons for insomnia. 21. For Weight loss: Some studies indicate that drinking lemongrass tea helps to melt fats through the detoxification process. The diuretic effect helps quick elimination of the toxins and waste in high volume, resulting in weight loss. 22. For Skin Care: Vitamin A, present in lemongrass, aids blood purification and circulation, serves as a refresher, clears up oily skin, and is effective in treating eruptions like acne, pimples, eczema and psoriasis. 23. Controls body odor: Lemongrass has been known to control excessive sweating, avoiding bad body odor. 24. Nutrient Rich: Lemongrass is an abundant source of vitamins A and C, folate, magnesium, zinc, copper, iron, potassium, phosphorus, calcium and manganese; with minute traces of the B vitamins.Dr. Rummana Ansari9 Likes13 Answers
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Amazing Benefits Of Arabian Jasmine For Skin, Hair, And Health stylecraze.com Sep 29, 2017 12:00 PM Welcome to the world of Arabian Jasmine that stretches beyond your favorite jasmine tea and jasmine hair oil. The beautiful white Arabian Jasmine flower with its sensual, exotic, musky and zesty aroma is unarguably the best natural aphrodisiac. No wonder Indian brides are adorned with oodles and oodles of these flowers during their wedding and post wedding celebrations! More than being a beauty add-on, there are benefits of Arabian jasmine flowers that are great for skin, hair, and health. The flowers of this evergreen Arabian Jasmine plant is a traditional Ayurvedic remedy for various conditions, including eye disorders, epilepsy, headache, fever, vomiting, impotence, itches, wounds, and ulcer, to name a few. Packed with powerful anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anesthetic, and analgesic properties, this aromatic herb is a hidden treasure. Now, telling you all about them, in brief, is not enough, right? So, read on to know more about the amazing benefits of Arabian jasmine. Scroll down! Arabian Jasmine—A Brief ￼ Image: Shutterstock Scientific Name- Jasmine sambac Native- Southeast Asia Other Names- Maid of Orleans, Belle of India, Grand Duke of Tuscany, Mogra in Hindi, Gundu malligai poo in Tamil and Mallige in Kannada This aromatic flower lives up to its name that can translate to ‘A Gift From God’ with its plethora of medicinal and decorational uses. Using this flower to cure ailments is nothing new. In earlier centuries, Egyptians and Greeks used this as aromatherapy, an aphrodisiac as well as a stimulant. Our ancestors utilized its paste for healing sores and scars. Chinese people used jasmine to flavor their teas. What makes Arabian jasmine such a beneficial ingredient for health issues? Well, many studies have shown that this miraculous flower is full of active compounds like flavonoids and coumarins that are known to promote vascular health, cardiac glycosides and phenolics that detoxifies our body. Trivia—Did you know that Arabian Jasmine is the national flower of Philippines? Ironical that it’s named Arabian when it originates in Southeast Asia! Benefits Of Arabian Jasmine ￼ Image: iStock Arabian Jasmine offers a multitude of benefits to your skin, hair, and health. Let’s take a look at each one of them. The Many Benefits of Arabian Jasmine Skin Benefits Natural DeodorantSofter SkinToned, Scar-free SkinEases Skin TroublesSafeguards Skin Hair Benefits Natural ConditionerFor Stronger, Longer, And Radiant LocksAnti-lice AgentKeeps The Scalp MoisturizedTreats Scalp Infections Health Benefits Natural AphrodisiacEases Stress And DepressionInnate Antiseptic PropertiesAnti-Cancerous AgentEases SpasmsAlleviates Pain And InflammationEases Cough And ColdNatural Remedy For SnoringAids Weight LossFor A Stronger Digestive SystemCure For FeverImproves Blood CirculationPainless MenstruationEases Labor PainsImpact On Breast MilkHelps DiabeticsRegulates Cholesterol Levels In BloodOther Benefits Skin Benefits of Arabian Jasmine Who doesn’t want to have a skin that is beautiful, glowing and flawless?I bet you have tried every product out there in the market only to regret later that you spent a fortune on cosmetics that didn’t work. Why don’t to switch to a natural ingredient for a change? Yes, Arabian Jasmine, it is! But always blend jasmine with other carrier oils. Although Jasmine is safe, it’s advisable to use it after mixing it with avocado, sweet almond, jojoba, or coconut oil. ￼ Image: iStock 1. Natural Deodorant By now it’s common knowledge that even the most pricey deodorants in the market won’t last beyond a period. Try Jasmine, will you? Why Does It Work The flower as well as the essential oil has ketone in low concentrations. This, in turn, gives it a warm, yet mild fragrance that makes it a natural deodorant option (1). 2. Softer Skin Longing to have a soft and smooth skin? Add a few drops of the oil extracted from jasmine to your bath water. Soak yourself for 10 minutes for an in-bath moisturizer, and see the results for yourself. Or, you can mix jasmine oil with a little aloe vera lotion and apply it on your skin and leave on for a moisturized, soft skin (2). Believe me; you will feel just wow after a bath! 3. Toned, Scar-free Skin Crushed jasmine flowers or jasmine oil, when used along with petroleum jelly or coconut oil, helps to ease stretch marks and scars. It also tones and soothes dry skin and retains the skin’s elasticity (3). 4. Eases Skin Troubles Jasmine, when used as a tea, is known to be an effective cure for scratches, wounds, and cuts (4). It is also an effective home remedy for rashes and redness caused by sunburn. Jasmine juice is an effective cure for cornstoo. 5. Safeguards Skin You already know that the essential oil extracted from Jasmine can keep your skin moisturized and hydrated. Did you know that it can also heal the post acne marks? This way it can protect your skin from the cruelties of the weather too. Why Does It Work The antibacterial, antiseptic, and antiviral properties of jasmine can be utilized in the form of its oil to improve the immunity power of the skin (5). Regular application of this oil on your skin can fight infections and weather impacts. Hair Benefits Of Arabian Jasmine Arabian jasmine offers a whole lot of benefits to the hair too. Here’s how. ￼ Image: iStock 6. Natural Conditioner Aromatic Jasmine serves as an easy and perfect natural conditioner as well. What You Need To Do Prepare jasmine water by steeping 10 to 15 jasmine flowers in plain water. Allow it to cool down and use it as the last hair rinse. It can be mixed with baking soda to be used as shampoo as well as a conditioner. Jasmine water can also be used as a serum to keep your hair conditioned. Jasmine, in the form of oil, can be applied to keep frizzy, curly, and unmanageable hair under control by padlocking the moisture (6). 7. For Stronger, Longer, And Radiant Locks The extract of jasmine leaves strengthens your hair roots, makes hair tensile and prevents it from turning brittle. This also ensures that your strands grow longer and thicker. Fresh extract of jasmine infused with coconut hair oil also gives you longer, fuller hair. Along with maintaining its natural color and sheen, this extract also ensures that you own thicker locks (7). 8. Anti-lice Agent Are lice and bugs making your scalp itchy and irritating? Add a handful of jasmine flowers to a carrier oil (coconut, almond or any other of your choice) and apply it regularly on scalp and hair to shield your hair from the attacks of head lice. 9. Keeps The Scalp Moisturized Jasmine extracts when used along with coconut oil, almond oil, or jojoba oil is known to lock the moisture in the scalp, keeping the scalp hydrated while preventing hair fall and dandruff. So, say bye-bye to dry and itchy scalp with Jasmine (8). 10. Treats Scalp Infections Come monsoon and bacterial-fungal infections attack your scalp. If you are looking for an easy remedy, jasmine can help. What You Need To Do Crush jasmine flower and steep it in coconut oil. Apply this on your infected scalp to treat an infection. The antiseptic and anti-microbial actions of both the ingredients work together, thereby ensuring that the infection subsides at a faster pace (9). Health Benefits Of Arabian Jasmine Last on the list is the sub-section about health benefits that is the most critical portion of this article (I’m sure many of you agree with me!). So, let’s go through the most important ones. ￼ Image: iStock 11. Natural Aphrodisiac Jasmine has been used to enhance libido since time immemorial. Why not make use of it then? Why Does It Work These white flowers have this compelling masculine and sensual fragrance, which bestow them with their magical aphrodisiac powers. It relaxes the person completely, unlocking the sexual inhibitions. It prepares the man and the woman to express themselves while nurturing the reproductive system by triggering the secretion of essential sex hormones (10). 12. Eases Stress And Depression The fragrant and lively jasmine flowers are known to lift your mood and ease stress. Jasmine can also bring you out of depression. What You Need To Do Smell a handful of fresh jasmine buds to counter your stress levels. Alternatively, you can use the pure oil extracted from these leaves. The aromatic ingredients of the flower soothe the senses thwarts off negative thoughts and fill you with energy. Just 2 drops—that is what you need to beat the stress caused by work and exam, fatigue, nervousness, anxiety, tension, and even addiction. While jasmine can ease postnatal depression too, make sure you use the oil instead of flowers for that benefit. Or, add about 10 to 12 jasmine flowers to your water and take a bath to boost your confidence levels, and put your emotions at ease. Why Does It Work Jasmine soothes the nerves by relaxing the automatic nerve activity and decreasing your heart rate. It is full of flavonoid antioxidants that are known to fight oxidative stress. Also, it carries mild sedative property that calms the mind and soul by regulating blood sugar and blood pressure levels (11). 13. Innate Antiseptic Properties Jasmine is also a favorite wound healer. No wonder then that it was used as an alternative to medicines in earlier days. Why Does It Work The presence of benzyl benzoate, benzoic acid, and benzaldehyde in jasmine makes it an effective antiseptic. Choose a fresh homemade oil for topical application on wounds to prevent infections. Inhalation of jasmine scent is also known to ease infections affecting the respiratory system, thwarting cold and cough (12). 14. Anti-Cancerous Agent You can even stem the growth and spread of cancerous cells with jasmine. Why Does It Work Numerous studies conducted on this flower suggest that it is known for its anti-cancerous and cytotoxic activities, both of which can help in easing and preventing cancer. If we look into the past, we can see that the flowers, as well as leaves of jasmine, have been used to shield women from breast cancer (13). 15. Eases Spasms Sometimes, using up different lotions and potions for painful conditions can make it worse. Why not use a single ingredient that can cure everything? Why Does It Work A natural antispasmodic agent, it can be used to ease painful conditions such as congestion, cough, asthma, and spasmodic cholera. It relieves spasms, alleviating the pain experienced under such conditions (14). 16. Alleviates Pain And Inflammation Suffering from a headache or a backache? Apply a drop of jasmine oil and massage. Yes, it heals, and it is a proven grandma’s home remedy for different kinds of pains and aches, including those from arthritis and rheumatism. Why Does It Work Jasmine, along with its anti-noci-perceptive and anti-inflammatory properties, also possesses anesthetic properties, the synergic effects of which helps in faster recovery from painful inflammatory conditions (15). 17. Eases Cough And Cold Sneezing and coughing throughout the day can reduce us into a cranky and grumpy soul. Try something new this time. Why Does It Work The oil extracted from jasmine flowers is a natural expectorant. This clears the phlegm accumulated in your respiratory tracts during cold and cough, giving you a good night’s sleep (16). 18. Natural Remedy For Snoring The unnatural and untimely habit of snoring can be embarrassing for you and annoying for the others too. But, did you know that Jasmine can spare you the awkward situation? Why Does It Work The expectorant property of this oil can be a natural cure for snoring. Sniffing the flower or oil eases the throat, widens the air passage, and keeps snoring at bay (17). Thanks to this wonderful flower, you can now have a sound sleep. 19. Aids Weight Loss Unbelievable but true, jasmine helps you lose weight. Why Does It Work Tender jasmine flowers are picked and infused with tea—green, black, or white. Studies suggest that intake of at least 3 cups of jasmine tea, along with a proper diet and exercise routine, can help cut unwanted flab and trim your waistline by increasing metabolism (18). 20. For A Stronger Digestive System Jasmine can improve your internal system by regulating digestive enzymes and making them effective. Why Does It Work Along with easing the spasms experienced during various digestive disorders, an infusion of jasmine tea is known to offer a cure for ulcers and gastritis too. It not only keeps your gut clean by paving the way for the growth of good bacteria, but it also strengthens your digestive system, developing immunity against infections (19). 21. Cure For Fever The Arabian jasmine flowers, as well as oil, have been used as a time-tested home remedy to bring down the temperature levels during a high fever. Why Does It Work Jasmine improves the circulation levels, eases stress, and relaxes muscles, helping in lowering and reducing fever (20). 22. Improves Blood Circulation Using jasmine can benefit you in a million other ways, especially in making your organ system fit and fine! Why Does It Work Jasmine, when consumed as a tea or massaged topically as oil, is known to improve blood circulation levels. It can be used to keep blood pressure levels under control and thwart off various dreaded cardiovascular conditions such as atherosclerosis, thrombosis, and strokes (21). 23. Painless Menstruation Those five days of menses can be painful. And that makes us reach out for any possible pain-relieving options. Jasmine is one of them! Why Does It Work The oil extracted from Arabian Jasmine is efficient as an emmenagogue, which helps to alleviate the spasms and pain experienced during menstruation. This property also helps in regulating the cycles as well as keeping various premenstrual symptoms, including fatigue and mood swings under control. A nerve-soothing tonic, it helps women smoothly deal with this period. Mix 2 drops of jasmine oil in 1 ml sesame seed oil. Apply on your lower abs, massage gently to get over the pain (22). 24. Eases Labor Pain Now, it may sound absurd, but Jasmine is known to smoothen the delivery process. Why Does It Work A parturient cum uterine tonic, application of jasmine oil is known to ease the anxiety experienced during labor while helping the women relax completely. Once the muscles relax, labor becomes easier (23). What You Need To Do Mix 4 drops jasmine oil with 2 ml jojoba oil for more natural delivery and pain-free recovery soon after. 25. Impact On Breast Milk It’s not wrong to say that Jasmine is perfect for pregnant and lactating ladies because of the plethora of benefits it offers. Why Does It Work While the oil extracted from jasmine flowers is known to be a galactagogue, the flowers as such are known to be a lactifuge. Yes, Jasmine oil has been known to enhance the secretion of breast milk. Women who wish to stop breastfeeding can use jasmine flowers as it is known to halt breast milk secretion within 48 hours. 26. Helps Diabetics Among other things, jasmine can even keep your blood sugar levels under control. Why Does It Work Tea infused with jasmine leaves is known to maintain the blood sugar levels, normalizing the production of insulin. Consuming this tea can help people with diabetes balance their sugar levels. Studies also suggest the regular use of jasmine-infused tea to lower the chances of diabetes, especially if you are obese (24). 27. Regulates Cholesterol Levels In Blood Jasmine, when consumed as tea, is known to lower the levels of bad cholesterol in the blood. It also keeps a tab on the cholesterol levels and keeps health conditions such as heart attacks and strokes at bay. 28. Other Benefits Arabian Jasmine is also known to be therapeutic for conditions such as Leprosy, Otorrhea, Rectal bleeding, Urinary infections, Paralysis, Mental Debility, Giddiness, Liver cirrhosis and Hepatitis. A Word Of Caution ￼ Image: iStock Arabian Jasmine, in the form of flowers, tea, and oil, has countless magical benefits for humankind and have not shown any strong adverse reactions. However, if you are a sensitive person, then it is always advisable to consult your physician before using Jasmine, in any of its forms. How To Use Arabian Jasmine Now, when I have shared multiple benefits offered by Jasmine, it’s only fair that give some incredible usages revolving jasmine. 1. Jasmine Tea What can be better than beginning this list by a delightful jasmine tea recipe? And trust me, it’s simple yet yummy. What You Need Jasmine flower petals 10-12Green tea leaves (to your choice)Hot waterSweetener (honey, sugar to taste) How To Do Mix the petals and green tea leaves and let them infuse overnight. Remove the jasmine petals and store the green tea in a tight jar. Take a pitcher and add hot water to it. Now, add the green tea leaves and leave for 3-5 minutes. Strain in a cup, add sweetener and pour into a cup. Jasmine tea is ready to savor! 2. Jasmine Potpourri For this air-freshener, use up dried jasmine flowers and mix it up with cinnamon sticks, cloves, mace, and dried rose petals. Now, put a few drops of jasmine essential oil and store in an earthen pot for spreading the natural fragrance everywhere! 3. Jasmine Massage Oil To use jasmine as a massage oil, mix a few drops of jasmine essential oil with any unrefined carrier oil of your choice. It works the best when added to coconut and almond oil, though. Massage the oil throughout your body and take a warm bath for relieving stress. 4. DIY Jasmine Perfume Make your favorite jasmine perfume at home by following these simple guidelines. What You Need 1 tablespoon unflavored alcoholHalf tablespoon distilled water15-20 drops of jasmine essential oil6 drops pure vanillaGlass spray bottle How To Make Mix up all the ingredients and transfer them into the glass spray bottle. Store the solution in a cool and dry space and you are done! Arabian jasmine, indeed, is a miraculous flower. Along with its appearance that makes it a beautiful ornamentation for women, the benefits it imparts are also fabulous. Have we missed out any health, skin, and hair benefits of Arabian jasmine? If so, do share with us. 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V v v important DRUGS OF CHOICE ---------------------------------- 1. Paracetamol poisoning- :- - acetyl cysteine 2. acute bronchial- asthma :- salbutamol 3. acute gout :- NSAIDS 4. acute hyperkalemia:- calcium gluconate 5. severe DIGITALIS toxicity :- DIGIBIND 6. acute migraine :- sumatriptan 7. cheese reaction :- phentolamine 8. atropine poisoning :- physostigmine 9. cyanide poisoning :- amyl nitrite 10. benzodiazepine poisoning:- flumazenil 11. cholera :- tetracycline 12. KALA-AZAR :- lipozomal amphotericin- B 13. iron poisoning :- desferrioxamine 14. MRSA :- vancomycin 15. VRSA :- LINEZOLID 16. warfarin overdose :- vitamin-K (NIPER- 2009) 17. OCD :- fluoxetine 18. alcohol poisoning :- fomepizole 19.Epilepsy in pregnancy: carbamezepine safe among older epileptics & lamotrigine, levitracetam safe in newer AED! 20. anaphylactic shock :- Adrenaline 21. MRSA Infection-Vancomycin 22. Malaria in Pregnancy-Chloroquine 23. Whooping Cough or Perteusis- Erythromycin 24. Kawasaki disease-IV Ig 25. Warferin Overdose-Vit-K 26. Heparin Overdose-Protamine 27. Hairy Cell Leukemia-Cladirabine 28. Multiple Myeloma- Melphalan 29. CML-Imatinib 30. Wegner's granulomatosis-Cyclophosphamide 31. HOCM- Propranolol 32. Delirium Tremens-Diazepam 33. Drug Induced Parkinsonism-Benzhexol 34. Diacumarol Poisoning-Vit-K 35. Type-1 Lepra Reaction-Steroids 36. Type- 2 Lepra Reaction-Thalidomide 37. Allergic Contect Dermatitis-Steroids 38. PSVT- 1st-Adenosine, 2nd-Verapamil, 3rd-Digoxin 39. Z-E Syndrome- Proton Pump Inhibitor 40. Chancroid-Cotrimoxazole 41. Dermatitis Herpetiformis-Dapsone 42. Spastic Type of Cerebral Palsy-Diazepam 43. Herpis Simplex Keratitis-Trifluridine 44. Herpes Simplex Orolabialis-Pancyclovir 45. Neonatal Herpes Simplex-Acyclovir 46. Pneumocystis carinii Pneumonia-Cotrimoxazole For Nodulo 47. 47. Cystic Acne-Retinoic acid 48. Trigeminal Neuralgia-Carbamezapine 49. Actinomycosis-Penicillin 50. Plague- Streptomycin 51. Opioid Withdrawal- Methadone 2nd-Clonidine 52. Alcohol Withdrawal- Chlordiazepoxide 2nd-Diazepam 53. Post Herpetic Neuralgia- Fluphenazine 54. WEST Syndrome-ACTH 55. Diabetic Diarrhoea- Clonidine 56. Lithium Induced Neuropathy-AmilorideCommunicable Disease: 57. Tetanus: PEN G Na; TETRACYCLINE; (DIAZEPAM 58. Diphteria: PEN G K; ERYTHROMYCIN 59. Pertusis: ERYTHROMYCIN; AMPICILLIN 60. Meningitis: MANNITOL (osmotic diuretic);DEXAM ETHASONE (anti-inflammatory); DILANTIN/PHENYTOIN (anti-convulsive); PYRETINOL/ENCEPHABO L (CNS stimulant) 61. Cholera: TETRACYCLINE 62. Amoebic Dysentery: METRONIDAZOLE 63. Shigellosis: CO-TRIMOXAZOLE 64. Typhoid: CHORAMPHENICOL 65. Rabies: LYSSAVAC, VERORAB 66. Immunoglobulins: ERIG or HRIg 67. Malaria: CHLOROQUINE 68. Schistosomiasis: PRAZIQUANTEL 69. Felariasis: DIETHYLCARBAMAZINE CITRATE 70. Scabies: EURAX/ CROTAMITON 71. Chicken pox: ACYCLOVIR/ZOVIRAX 72. Leptospirosis: PENICILLIN; TETRACYCLINE;ER YTHROMYCIN 73. Leprosy: DAPSONE, RIFAMPICIN 74. Anthrax: PENICILLIN 75. Tuberculosis: R.I.P.E.S. 76. Pneumonia: COTRIMOXAZOLE; ProcainePenicillin 77. Helminths: MEBENDAZOLE; PYRANTELPAMOATE 78. Meningitis: MANNITOL (dec. ICP) ;DEXAMETHASONE ( relieve cerebral edema) ;DIAZEPAM ( anticonvulsant); PENICILLIN 79. Syphilis: PENICILLIN 80. Gonorrhea: PENICILLIN...Dr. Rummana Ansari27 Likes19 Answers