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AGARU Botanical name : Aquilaria agallocha Roxb Family : Thymeleaceae SANSKRIT SYNONYMS : Aguru, Krishnaguru AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES Rasa : Tikta, Katu Guna : Lakhu, Snigdha Virya : Ushna Vipak : Katu Prabhava : Sheet-prashamanak PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES English : Eagle wood, Aloe wood Hindi : Agar Malayalam : Akil, Karakil Distribution : In the forests of Bhutan, Bengal, Assam and Myanmar. PLANT DESCRIPTION A moderate to large sized tree, grows about 20 m in height. leaves linear- lanceolate or sometimes ovate- oblong, long, silky glossy and faintly parallel nerved; flowers small, greenish on very slender pilose petioles found in umbels, on younger branchlets, fruits mildly compacted, tomentose capsules. The agar wood obtained is formed is the heartwood of old tree. The tree contains plenty of oleoresin. The wood burns with a bright flame giving off a pleasant smell, with cedar oil. MEDICINAL PROPERTIES Plant pacifies vitiated vata and kapha, halitosis, dyspepsia, anorexia, cardiac debility, skin disease, ulcers, inflammations, rheumatoid arthritis, cough, asthma, hiccough, kidney disease and general debility. Useful part : Heartwood, Oil. Various Yoga : Anu taila Chandanabalalaksadi taila Maha narayana taila Rasnadi churna Shrigopal taila Khadiradi gutika Rasnadi kwath churna Bala taila Brahmi vati (Swarna Yukta) Irimedadi tailaDr. Hemant Adhikari11 Likes22 Answers
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Identity this plant(creeper) Elaborate the medicinal uses of this plant.Dr. Vasundhara Nanavaty3 Likes31 Answers
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Castor root benefits Of all the substances capable of aphrodisiac and Vata balancing effects, castor root is the best. Udavartahara – relieves bloating, gas distension in abdomen Pleehaghna – useful in spleen disorders, splenomegaly Gulmahara – useful in abdominal tumors Bastishoolahara – relieves bladder pain Antravruddhinut – useful in hernia Shonita Vikara – relieves blood imbalance disorders Shoshahara – relieves emaciation, dehydration Shoolaghna – relieves abdominal colic pain Margashodhana – cleanses gut Shwasahara – useful in treatment of asthma and chronic respiratory disorders. Kasahara – useful in cough and cold Anahahara – relieves gas, fullness of abdomen, bloating Kati Basti Rujahara – relieves pain in lower back and bladder region. Shiroruji – relieves headache Mehahara – useful in urinary tract disorders and diabetes Amavatahara – useful in rheumatoid arthritis Shothahara – relieves swelling, edema, anti inflammatory Eranda Phala – Castor fruit uses: Svaadu – sweet in taste Sakshara – slightly alkaline, strong in nature Laghu – light to digest Ushna – hot Bhedi – purgative Vatajit – Balances Vata Dosha Castor leaf benefits: Vataghna – Balances Vata Dosha Kaphahara – Balances Kapha Dosha, Krimihara – antimicrobial, useful in worm infestation Mutradoshahara – useful in urinary tract infection Pitta Prakopi – increases Pitta Gulmahara – useful in abdominal tumors Bastishoolahara – relieves bladder pain Vruddhi – useful in hernia Mutrakrichrahara – Relieves dysuria, urinary retention, acts as diuretic In case of snake bite, once after the treatment is properly done, to remove remnant poison from the body, young castor leaf shoot is made paste with water, filtered. That water is given for drinking. It is also used in treating Aconitum and opium toxicity. Castor fruit uses: Atyushna – It is very hot Katu – pungent taste Gulmahara – useful in abdominal tumors Shoolahara – relieves abdominal colic pain Anilapaha – Balances Vata Dosha Yakrut hara – useful in liver disorders Pleehahara – useful in spleen disorders, splenomegaly Udarahara – useful in ascites, enlargement of abdomen Arshanut – useful in piles, haemorrhoids Deepana – improves digestion strength Kaphavatahara – Balances Kapha and Vata Dosha Castor seeds without the hull are used for birth control, leprosy, and syphilis. The hull (the seed cover) is poisonous and not used orally. Castor flower uses: It balances Vata Dosha but may worsen bleeding disorders. Since all parts of castor useful to balance Vata dosha, they are used in treating paralysis, sciatica, neuropathies, neurological pains etc. External application of castor leaf and root – Castor leaf is dipped sesame oil and heated till it becomes hot. This is applied over blunt injuries, arthritis, painful joints to relieve pain. Castor oil leaf and root is made paste with sesame oil or castor oil, slightly heated and applied externally to relieve migraine, low back ache, sciatica pain, arthritis pain, mastitis and skin disorders associated with pain. Root bark has emetic & purgative action & cures lumbago skin diseases, dysponea, hydrocele, flatulance, piles, cough, head ache, leprosy, arthrities, calculus & dysuria, fever, swelling, mental diseases, painful micturation & the seeds cure hepatities & plenities. Tender leaves allay pains in the bladder. The roots are sweet, acrid, astrigent, thermogenic, carmative, purgative, anthelmintic, emollient, diuretic, aphrodisiac, galactagogue, sudorific, expectorant & depurative. Which cures gulma, amadasa, constipation, inflammations, fever, ascitis, strangury, bronchities, cough, leprosy, skin diseases, vitiated conditions of vata, colic, coxalgia & lumbago. Root bark used for emetic & purgative purpose, benificial in lumbago & skin diseases. Castor Leaves are diuretic anthelmintic & galactagogue cures burns, nyctalopia, strangury, vitiated conditions of that is rheumatoid arthrities, urodynia & anthralgia. Leaves externally applied to boils & sores in the form of poulties. Castor Flowers cures urodynia & glandular tumors. Castor Seeds are acrid, thermogenic, digestive, cathartic & aphrodisiac cures dyspepsia. Oil obtained from seeds is slightly bitter, acrid, sweet, antipyretic, thermogenic & viscous. The white variety is specially used in fever & red variety is used in swelling, pallor, & mental diseases.Dr. Swati B Pawara19 Likes14 Answers
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Health Benefits of Gandhabahadli Patra (PAEDERIA FOETIDA) ...................................................................................................................... Paederia Foetida is known as Daun Kentut, Kasembukan and Kantutai colloquially. This herb belongs to the family of Rubiaceae. The plant is known as Chinese flower in English, Prasarini in Sanskrit and Gandhaprasarini in Hindi. The word prasarini or spreading was used to describe the properties of this herb. This herb is known to spread easily in the body and work to relax the body nerves. This attribute of the herb makes it a perfect remedy for relieving the problem of rheumatism, contraction in the joints or stiffness. CHARACTERISTICS OF PAEDERIA FOETIDA The Paederia Foetida is found in the Himalayas up to an altitude of 1800 meters above sea level. It can also be found in Orissa, Bengal, Bihar and Assam. This plant is a climber which has ovate to lanceolate leaves. The leaves are around 5 cm long and 2.5 cm in width. The leaves are also membranous and have long petioles. The flowers of the Paederia Foetida are found in scorpiod cymes and are violet in color. The roots of the Paederia Foetida are cylindrical and are compressed from both the sides. The outer part of the roots is covered in root scars. The Paederia Foetida fracture is fibrous and bitter to taste. The fracture is brown in color on the exterior and light brown in color on the inside. THERAPEUTIC POWERS OF THE HERB The Paederia Foetida is useful in relieving a number of ailments like rheumatism, paralysis, abscesses, gout, diarrhea, dysentery, infertility, colic and flatulence. The leaves are used extensively for relieving herpes infection. The roots are used as an emetic and beneficial for relieving spleen inflammation as well as pain in the chest or liver. The entire plant is a tonic, astringent and an antiphlogistic. The bark, root and the leaf are useful in relieving maggots, urethral calculi, asthma, constipation and expulsion of the placenta caused after miscarriage. AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES Rasa: Tikta (bitter) Vipaka: Katu (pungent) Guna: Guru (heavy) Veerya: Ushna (hot) Dosha: Balances vata CARE FOR AILMENTS THE PAEDERIA FOETIDA IS USEFUL IN RELIEVING THE FOLLOWING AILMENTS: The leaves are used in relieving rheumatic pain.This is a useful remedy for relieving the problems of infertility and paralytic patients.A decoction prepared from the extract of Paederia Foetida is used to relieve problems of chronic abdominal pain, arthritis, over eating and abscesses. Around one to 2 teaspoons of this mixture must be taken twice a day for this purpose.The root of the Paederia Foetida is benefiting for relieving the problems of colic, contracting rheumatic pain and gout. It has the properties of a carminative.The Paederia Foetida is used to stimulate the central nervous system.The leaves of the plant are an anti inflammatory and hence are helpful in relieving any kind of inflammation in the body.The entire plant of Paederia Foetida is useful in relieving chronic dysentery and diarrhea.The leaves of the herb are boiled and mashed. This poultice is then applied on the abdomen for relieving the problem of urinary retention.The powdered Paederia Foetida leaves are applied on the abdomen for relieving flatulence.The fruits of the plant are used to relieve tooth pain and for whitening blackened teeth.Decoction of the Paederia Foetida is applied on the forehead with water for bringing down the temperature in fever.Dr. Sanjay Kumar Mallick8 Likes13 Answers
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Name: AGARU Description: Botanical name : Aquilaria agallocha Roxb Family : Thymeleaceae SANSKRIT SYNONYMS : Aguru, Krishnaguru AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES Rasa : Tikta, Katu Guna : Lakhu, Snigdha Virya : Ushna PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES English : Eagle wood, Aloe wood Hindi : Agar Malayalam : Akil, Karakil Classical categorization Charaka – Sheeta Prashamana – Group of herbs to relieve feeling of coldness, moistness Shvasahara – Group of herbs that relieves asthma, bronchitis Shiro Virechanopaga – Group of herbs useful in Nasya treatment Tikta skandha – Bitter tasting group of herbs Distribution : In the forests of Bhutan, Bengal, Assam and Myanmar. PLANT DESCRIPTION A moderate to large sized tree, grows about 20 m in height. leaves linear- lanceolate or sometimes ovate- oblong, long, silky glossy and faintly parallel nerved; flowers small, greenish on very slender pilose petioles found in umbels, on younger branchlets, fruits mildly compacted, tomentose capsules. The agar wood obtained is formed is the heartwood of old tree. The tree contains plenty of oleoresin. The wood burns with a bright flame giving off a pleasant smell, with cedar oil. MEDICINAL PROPERTIES Plant pacifies vitiated vata and kapha, halitosis, dyspepsia, anorexia, cardiac debility, skin disease, ulcers, inflammations, rheumatoid arthritis, cough, asthma, hiccough, kidney disease and general debility. Useful part : Heartwood, Oil. Sushruta- Salasaradi, Eladi, Sleshmashamana – Kapha balancing group of herbs. Vagbhata- Salasaradi, Eladi Ayurvedic medicines with Agaru ingredient: Ayaskrriti – It is mainly used in anemia, weight loss therapy, skin diseases etc. Rasnadi Kashaya – It is widely in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and osteo arthritis. Khadiradi Vati – used in Ayurvedic treatment of bad breath, oral ulcers, diseases of teeth etc. It is advised to keep this tablet in mouth and swallow its pieces slowly.Dr. Hemant Adhikari17 Likes12 Answers