Category: Herbs

Health Benefits of Moringa & How to Use in Various Conditions

Abstract

There are many herbs in Ayurveda which are known to be magical or are known because of their magical effect. These herbs, many of them, are found in the kitchen gardens of many homes. These herbs not only make the food delicious but also helps in maintaining various systems of the body. Most importantly these herbs are carminative and digestive which means they can keep the digestive fire ignited. Such herbs can keep you far away from many diseases and one of such herbs is moringa. In this article we are going to discuss one such herb which is Moringa. So, let’s discuss more about moringa and how it is a superfood.

Moringa

Introduction

Moringa which is also known as shigru or drumstick or sahjan is a graceful, small and evergreen deciduous tree. The tree grows faster up to the height of 10-12 metres with 45 cm in diameter. Bark of moringa is smooth, dark greyish in colour and surrounded by thick cork. This tree is native to India and widely grows in subtropical areas in north india. Now, it is grown in tropical and subtropical regions throughout the world. It is also found in ethiopia, sudan, Philippines, America, tropical Asia and Florida. It can grow on any kind of soil and requires very little water for its growth. The flowers of moringa are very fragrant and are surrounded by five unequal thinly veiled and yellow whitish petals. Fruits are green and look like long drumsticks. They are hanging and hold numerous dark brown and globular seeds. Fruits, leaves and seeds all can be used for eating except for the root. The shigru has three varieties black, white and red.

More & More Facts About Moringa

  • The tree is rich in antioxidants and several bioactive compounds. The leaves are an excellent source of B vitamins, iron, minerals and proteins.
  • It has been used traditionally in treatment and prevention of a range of disorders like diabetes, hypertension, hypercholesterol etc.
  • The Ayurvedic energetics of moringa are as follows:
    1. Taste— pungent (Katu), bitter (tikta)
    2. Potency—- Hot
    3. Quality—- Light and Dry
    4. Post digestive effect—- Pungent
    5. Effects on humours— Pacifies vata and kapha
    6. Therapeutic effect— Anti inflammatory
  • Part used of shigru are leaves, seeds, fruits and flowers.
  • It is a nutritional supplement. It is used to combat malnutrition among infants and nursing mothers. It may provide a versatil nutritious food throughout the year in various regions.
  • Moringa is known to control blood sugar levels. The herb is known to possess anti diabetic properties thus controls blood sugar and also some complications related to high levels of blood sugar like retinopathy, neuropathy and diabetic foot.
  • The herb also helps in maintaining healthy cholesterol levels in the body. Moringa stimulates excretion of fatty acids. It also helps in preventing myocardial infarction and brain stroke type of diseases.
  • It is also known for its muscle building effect. The shigru is known to have 9.8gm of protein in 100 gm thus helps in muscle building.
  • The sperm count is also enhanced using moringa. Moreover, it helps in increasing the quality and quantity of sperm, giving strength to male reproductive system.
  • In addition, this herb is known to control blood pressure levels by controlling the thickening of arteries or deposition of fat or by-products in the arteries.
  • Shigru is an excellent anti-inflammatory agent as well. The leaves, seed pods are known for reducing the swelling as well as targeting the  enzymes that facilitate the release of pro-inflammatory chemicals in the joints, thus helping suppress inflammation and pain. It also improves blood circulation in the joints.
  • This herb is a Calcium supplement as well. It gives strength to teeth and bones and prevents osteoporosis and various types of bone disorders.
  • The skin and hair are also benefited by using moringa. Moringa seed oil is beneficial for protecting hairs against free radicals and keeps them clean and healthy. It also contains proteins which are helpful in protecting skin cells from the extreme damage.
  • It also has an impact in enhancing liver health. Moringa works to protect the liver against damage caused by certain medications and can quicken its repair process.

Now that we know what are the health benefits of moringa, then it’s time to know how these benefits can be availed. So, discussing further, let’s check how to use moringa in different scenarios.

How to use Moringa in various conditions

Leaf Decoction

The leaf decoction of moringa can be used for painful menses or dysmenorrhea. Drinking 50-60 ml of leaf decoction twice daily will definitely serve the purpose.

Leaf Paste

The leaf paste of moringa is an excellent remedy for almost all types of headaches. The paste is to be applied over the forehead for relieving headaches. It can be applied during headache and also on a regular basis (For around 15-20 minutes) to prevent further attack.

Leaf paste or juice as face pack

The paste of moringa leaves along with lemon juice or juice of moringa leaves along with lemon juice can be applied over the face as a face pack twice in a week. It will help in overcoming extensive acne. This is also beneficial for cleaning the skin pores thus preventing the formation of black heads.

Leaf juice or paste for Conjunctivitis

Leaf juice is instilled in the eyes or pate is applied around the eyes. It will reduce the swelling, redness and itching over the eyes. In some cases conjunctivitis is associated with discharge, in that case also moringa leaf juice or paste is beneficial.

Moringa is a traditional medicine which is used over thousands of years to alleviate various types of diseased conditions. Even modern studies have shown that its high antioxidant property makes it a brilliant anti-inflammatory agent. In addition, it is a superfood as well due to its nutritious properties. Moringa is a source of many vitamins and minerals.

Cautions regarding use of Moringa

  • Moringa’s internal use is to be avoided by ladies who are pregnant. It can lead to misccarriage or early abortion.
  • People with sensitive stomach or gastritis or hyperacidity also should avoid its use. 

Conclusion

The moringa is a superfood and it is proved in the above information provided. As mentioned before it is a great source of nutrients and minerals. The plant is available in various parts of the world and bears antioxidant properties as well. The flowers of moringa are edible and are a rich source of vitamin A, Vitamin C, potassium, iron and calcium. They are generally picked when they are young and cooked. So that’s all about Moringa. A superfood. In case of any query do visit www.PlanetAyurveda.com

Vardhaman Pippali Rasayan – A different approach to internal medications

Abstract

Ayurveda is known for its extensive range of medicines, well that’s not a myth. Rasayana is a treatment method where medicines that are capable of nourishing the body are administered to the patient. These medicines have an anabolic effect on the body. There are 2 types of Rasayana administration. A time-bound medicinal administration with strict rules and isolation is called “kutipraveshika Rasayana”, and the administration of Rasayana medicines like any other medicines, in a small amount, on a daily basis with no strict rules, is called “vataathapika Rasayana”. What we are going to introduce you to is a not so famous but insanely effective method of Rasayana administration that comes in the middle of this spectrum, “Vardhman Rasayana”.

Vardhaman Rasayana is the method of administering a drug in whatever form that suits the patient, for a fixed time period. The number of drugs the patient should consume is divided and administered in ascending and descending doses over this time period which is mostly 20 days. An example of drugs used for this method is Bhallathaka (Semecarpus Anacardium) and pippali (Piper longum).

In this article, we will focus solely on one., Vardhman pippali Rasayana.

vardhamana pippali rasayana

Let’s Talk a Bit About Pippali

Pippali (Piper longum), a member of the Piperaceae family, is a mesmerizing drug found in numerous ayurvedic formulations. Told to be Agryoushada i.e., a prime choice, for splenic disorders. The benefit it provides in a variety of diseases is unimaginable and is yet to be explored despite extensive research. It is a part of a famous combination called “trikatu”, the three drugs with katu (pungent) taste which is undoubtedly a great medicine for respiratory problems. It alleviates Kapha and Vata dosas. It is light and unctuous in its attributes. The taste of pippali is said to be a mix of sweet, pungent, and bitter, and the end outcome called vipaka of pippali is sweet. It has an “anushnasheeta” potency i.e., It is neither heating nor cooling to the body. It has several actions that include appetizing, enhancing taste perception, aphrodisiac, rejuvenating, and purgative. It is said in classics that pippali can be beneficial in cough, parasite infestations, phthisis, skin diseases, diabetes, dyspnoea, rheumatoid arthritis, fever, and in removal of ama (metabolic toxin accumulation).

Process of Vardhman Pippali Rasayana

Initially, the patient is given 10 pippalis in the form of powder or decoction, or paste. Each day 10 more is added to the dose, for example, on the first day, the dose is 10 pippalis, on the second day the dose is increased to 20 pippalis, on the third day the dose will be 30 pippalis. The number increases and reach 100 pippalis on the tenth day, from the eleventh day, the number orderly decreases with 10 pippalis, for example, on the 11th day, the dose will be 90, then 80 then 70, and on the 20th day, the patient reaches the initial dose that is10 pippalis.

 The form in which pippali is administered is decided based on physical and mental strength.

  • Kalka or paste form is administered to those with uttama bala i.e., good physical and mental strength.
  • The decoction is administered to those with madhyama bala i.e., medium physical and mental strength.
  • Churna or powder form is administered to those with hrisva or avara bala i.e., low physical and mental health.

The number of the initial and increasing dose also changes according to the strength of the patient.

  • For uttama bala, the initial dose is 10 pippalis with a daily add-on of 10 pippalis, the patient consumes 1000 pippalis in 20 days.
  • For madhyama bala, the initial dose is 6 pippalis with an orderly increase of 6 pippalis each day and the patient in total consumes 600 pippalis in 20 days.
  • For avara bala, the initial dose is 3 pippalis with a daily increase of 3 pippalis, and the patient in total consumes 300 pippalis in 20 days.

Pathya or Diet Regimen during Vardhman Rasayan.

Shashtika shali (Oryza sativa) rice with cow milk and ghee is strictly recommended for reading the highest benefit from the intake of pippali Vardhman rasayan.

Benefits of Pippali Vardhman Rasayan according to Ayurveda Classics

It is told to be rejuvenating, increase muscle bulk, alleviate hoarseness of the voice and promote the voice quality, promotes life span, alleviates abdominal issues, acts as a brain tonic and improves intellect and memory, delays the aging process, and cures splenomegaly.

Pippali Vardhman Rasayan and its effect in diseases- a modern-day interpretation

Amavata or Rheumatoid Arthritis

Piperin in pippali contributes to its anti-arthritic properties. Piperin has both anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties that make pipali a strong drug against amavata.

Interstitial Lung Disease

Interstitial lung disease develops when an injury to the lungs healed improperly, resulting in scarring and thickening of the tissue surrounding the alveoli. This can disrupt gas exchange. With chronicity, there is a definite chance of developing several complications. Studies showed the use of Vardhman pippali Rasayana resulted in the reduction of breathlessness and its frequency, and there was a notable decline in the need of using an inhaler.

Cancer

Piplartin, an amyl alkaloid component in piper longum has shown anti-neoplastic properties and is considered an important prototype for new anticancer drugs.

Other Diseases

Piplartin has also shown properties like antithrombotic, anxiolytic, antidepressant, neuroprotective, anti-atherosclerotic, antihyperlipidemic, antidiabetic, anti-inflammatory, gastroprotective, antibacterial, and antifungal activities. Piperin is anti-inflammatory and analgesic. Altogether enables the drug to be used in various disease conditions and confirms the information in classical ayurvedic texts.

It can be used for clotting disorders, heart, and vascular disorders, psychosomatic issues, metabolic disorders, inflammatory conditions, infections, gastrointestinal issues and so much more possibilities that are yet to be explored.

Several medications and methods of administration are viewed with nervousness. The majority of this fear, however, is caused by myths and a lack of accurate information. We are pleased that we were able to provide you with accurate information about Vardhman Pippali Rasayana enough to allow you to proceed with these procedures without fear or uncertainty. With the wisdom of Ayurveda, you can say goodbye to your health concerns for good. For more details of our products check out our website www.planetayurveda.com and for queries you can send your queries to our email id herbalremedies123@yahoo.com.