Understanding Allergies in Ayurveda

What does Ayurveda say about Allergies?

Written and Researched by Dr V.D Singh

The immune system is the defence mechanism of your body against certain bacteria, viruses etc. which may harm you. But sometimes when this defense mechanism starts fighting with the substances with which it shouldn’t, the condition is called Allergy. Such substances, found in dust mites, animal dander, pollen, insects, ticks, moulds, foods, some medicines etc., are called allergens and are completely harmless for most people.

An allergic reaction begins when an allergen (for example pollen) enters the body of a person, who is allergic to that particular allergen and triggers the release of antibodies. These antibodies attach themselves to special cells, called mast cells. When this allergen (pollen) comes into contact with the antibodies, the mast cells respond by releasing histamine and other chemicals.

Allergy may be atopic (inherited) or acquired. The allergens may hit your eyes, nose, sinus, skin, stomach, bowels, lungs etc and may cause conjunctivitis, allergic rhinitis, urticaria (hives), eczema, allergic asthma, etc and sometimes may result into anaphylaxis – a serious situation which may put your body into shock.

Antihistamines, intranasal corticosteroid nasal sprays etc may provide the symptomatic relief but the episodes may recur once you get exposed to that particular allergen again.

Allergy and Ayurveda

In Ayurveda, Allergy is described as Asatmya. Asatmya literally means Intolerance or Incompatibility or Unsuitability.

In other words, Asatmya is that “which doesn’t suit the self” and ‘self’ here includes mind, body and soul. Pathophysiologically, Allergy is a condition in which either of the doshas ( Vata, Pitta & Kapha), individually or in unison, refuses to accept and adjust with some specific change in diet or environment and as a result, react against the causative factor.

Apart from doshas, misbalanced Agni (Digestive Fire) and hence produced ama (toxins) play a pivotal role in allergic reactions.

The Ayurvedic treatment puts emphasis on clinical observations of signs and symptoms of Allergy. The first line of treatment being  Nidan Parivarjanam ­ – to avoid the cause.

The causative factors may include any of the substances discussed above. However it is not always possible to evade the cause and sometimes even the patient himself is not aware of the allergen; hence, an all-inclusive Ayurvedic treatment is required.

It includes Shamana Chikitsa (Palliative treatment), and once the acute symptoms subside, Shodhana Chikitsa (Detoxification program or Panchakarma) is done to avoid the recurrence.

By and large Ashwagandha, Shatawari and Yashtimadhu are good herbal antihistamines for Vata, Pitta and Kapha  type of Allergy respectively but Ayurveda believes in individualized approach towards a patient and disease.

 Seasons and Allergy

There are certain seasonal allergies which are described as per Ayurveda those are further connected to the state or changes in the season regimen of the earth at that time, means according to the rituachrya.

Ayurveda further states that season trigger allergies due to ‘doshas’ that are involved. To find a treatment, it is important to determine the aggravated ‘dosha’.

Vata types of allergies are caused due to dryness. Symptoms includes dry cough with dry phlegm, insomnia and anxiety. It gets worse in dry or windy environments and also during autumn.

Pitta type allergies cause excessive heating such as burning eyes, rashes and loose stools. The condition usually worsens during summers.

Kapha allergies develop due to moist, humid conditions and worsen during spring time as the weather warms up. It shows up as cloudy or clear mucus production and slow digestion. You should follow a liquid diet of liquefied fruits and vegetables once a week.

For curing allergies with Ayurveda, we must focus on cleansing the body off the toxins and boosting the immune system. If the allergies last all year long, it is advisable to visit an ayurvedic practitioner for proper guidance and diet plan.

How to Cure Allergies with Ayurveda

  • We must avoid heavy foods such as dairy, meats and nuts.
  • We should do hearty lunch and opt for a very light dinner.
  • Drinking plenty of warm water would be much relaxing.
  • Exercising daily.
  • Yoga breathing exercise would be good for relaxing the mind and body.
  • Allergies are worsened with intense stress. Stress causes disturbance in sleep which in turn aggravates the allergy. One must get adequate sleep to avoid allergies.
  • Applying Herbal oil massage enhances blood circulation in the body. This leads to the removal of chemical toxins which might be causing the allergy.

Conclusion

Hence Ayurveda can better deal with the Allergies and we must adhere it according to seasonal regimen, food and taste and for better results one must consult an Ayurveda consultant for complete relief from Allergy.

Regards,

By Dr V D Singh MD (Ay)

 

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Happy Monsoon and the Lifestyle according to Ayurveda

 

Written and Edited by Dr Vikram Singh (Md, Ayur)
Founder of Ayurcare

Monsoon is a season of romance. The cool breeze and damp smell of the earth after a long roasting summer turn the mind ecstatic. Jumping in the puddles, dancing in the rain, going for a long drive etc add to the pleasure. However, it continues to remains so until an individual holds good health as rainy season brings a plethora of diseases along with. It has been observed that there is an increased occurrence of air and water-borne diseases in the rainy season.

Ayurveda lays emphasis on prevention of diseases rather than to cure them. Based on the analytical reasoning, Ayurveda recommends different regimens of diet and lifestyle for different seasons to ward off the imbalances in the body and thereby helps in boosting immunity and maintaining good health. This concept of following a specific diet and lifestyle modification in a specific season to prevent various diseases is described as Ritucharya.
Ritucharya is derived from two words –


1. Ritu (Season) and
2. Charya (Regimen or routine to be followed).


Monsoon season is categorized as Varsha Ritu in Ayurvedic texts. It ranges from the month of Shravana toBhadrapada (Mid July to Mid September) and denotes the onset of Visarga Kala or Dakshinayana or Southern Solstice. During this season, the sky is covered by clouds and rains occur without the thunderstorm. The ponds, rivers, etc are filled with water.

Ayurveda describes the aggravation of Vata and accumulation of Pitta in Varsha Ritu. Constant raining, moisture in the atmosphere and cold weather results in aggravation of Vata which was accumulated during the dry and dehydrating heat of the summer; while Pitta accumulates following the conducive acidic conditions of the atmosphere as the predominant Rasa is Amla (sour) and Prithvi and Agni are predominant Mahabhutas in the rainy season.

According to Ayurveda, Agni is responsible for the digestive & metabolic activities of the body. During monsoon, the digestive fire or Agni weakens, leaving digestive system most vulnerable to various ailments. Diet thus followed during this season should balance the vitiated doshas and stimulate Agni to perform proper digestion.

Monsoon is the time when body’s immunity drops, thus proper care should be taken to prevent possible illnesses like general debility, blood and skin related problems, pain and swelling of joints, ringworm, fever, malaria, dysentery etc. In addition, other virus and bacteria related diseases may also emerge.

Here are few simple guidelines recommended by Ayurveda that should be followed during the monsoon season. By following these dos and don’ts, you’ll be able to celebrate the monsoons without fearing its adverse impact –

DIETARY REGIMEN 
 
ü One of the foremost rules in monsoon in Ayurveda is to eat according to the ability of one’s digestion. One must use spices such as pepper, ginger, asafoetida (Hing), garlic, cumin powder, coriander and turmeric for enhancing digestive capability. A small piece of ginger with rock salt before every meal is highly recommended. These help in improving immunity too.
ü Consume warm, light and fresh foods prepared from barley, rice, wheat, gram flour, corn or oats. Brown rice and bread are the best food items to go with during monsoons.
ü Avoidance of curds, red meat and any foodstuff, which takes longer time to digest, is good during the monsoon. One may have buttermilk instead of curds. Include cow’s ghee in daily diet to kindle the digestive fire.
ü Consumption of uncooked / raw leafy vegetables and salads should be avoided. You may consume their sour and salted soups instead. However, if you want to have them raw, they should be washed thoroughlyto ensure removal of bacteria and dirt before eating. The leafy vegetables contain larvae too and you need to be very careful in finding them while washing. The vegetables recommended in this season include yam (Suran), snake gourd (Turi), pointed gourd (Parwal), bitter gourd (Karela), cluster beans (Gavaar), apple gourd (Tinda), pumpkin, brinjal, bottle gourd and garlic etc.
ü Drinking boiled water with a dash of honey, or sipping on hot and herbal tea is ideal for this season. Drink small portions of lukewarm water throughout the day for good digestion. Pure water should be taken. If the water is taken from well, pond or river, then alum should be applied before using it. Water should be consumed within 24 hours of boiling. Avoid drinking excess fluids at this time as this further slows down the metabolism.
ü Among fruits, stick to pomegranates, mangoes, bananas, apples, lychees and cherries. Stick to seasonal fruits during monsoons as the unseasonal ones can easily get infected with microbes and worms during the monsoons.
ü Avoid non-vegetarian foods in monsoon. The possibility of germ content is highest in non-vegetarian foods.Those who can’t should go for lighter meat preparations like soups and stews rather than heavy curries.
ü Increased intake of sweet, sour and salty food is recommended while excessive pungent, bitter and astringent tastes should be avoided. Food, which contains acid, salt and greasiness, should be taken.
ü Although it is difficult to resist snacks in the cool weather, your diet should mostly consist of cereals and vegetables cooked in minimum of oil. If you want to snack, there is no dearth of healthy options. In rainy season, prefer grilled items such as bhutta (corn), chana (black gram), etc as humidity is very high and these food items are relaxing to the system and will not lead to accumulation of doshas. Having oily food would create problems in digestion.
ü Eat food cooked at home always. Excellent road side temptations like pani puri and bhel puri are not prepared hygienically and thus may cause stomach aches. So it would be better to control yourself till the end of the season so as to keep yourself healthy and fit to enjoy the monsoons to the fullest.
Avoid eatingchaats, fried items such as pakoras, pre-cut fruits and juices from roadside vendors
Avoid foods such as pasta, soups, and other such foods which are meant to be good host for the growth of bacteria. Avoid fermented foods which include idli, dosa, uttapam, etc. People tend to eat a lot of junk and fried food during the rainy season. This can lead to weight gain and lethargy.
ü Excessively spicy foods such as tamarind and pickles should be avoided. They add taste to your food but can be very heavy in the monsoon.
ü Don’t consume food which is stored in cold storage or a refrigerator.
ü Fasting is especially recommended in the monsoon season, particularly for people fond of erratic eating. You can gain a lot of health benefits simply by observing a weekly or fortnightly fast during monsoon. It helps to improve your digestive fire.
 LIFESTYLE MODIFICATIONS
Consumption of healthy diet only may not provide desired results unless supported by lifestyle modifications. Following are the tips for important changes in lifestyle of rainy season –
ü Avoiding daytime sleep is good as it hampers digestion and slows down the metabolism. Similarly, waking during night too is a bad thing to do as it further vitiates an already aggravated Vata.
ü Over exertion or over work will lower your metabolic rate and hence must be avoided. Perform only moderate exercises such as light walks and simple yogasanas. Do not tire yourself.
ü Keep the surrounding dry and clean and do not allow water to stagnate at places near you as it offers mosquito, flies and many microorganisms which may cause many diseases like malaria, typhoid, common cold, conjunctivitis, cholera and a variety of skin diseases.
ü Avoid getting wet in the rains. Always carry an umbrella. However, if it happens, it is better to take a bath with clean water and change into dry clothes as soon as possible in order to avoid exposure from infections as immunity is naturally low during monsoon. Keep body warm, to protect any attack from viruses as and when body temperature goes down.
ü Dampness breeds fungal and bacterial infections. Hence home as well as workplace should be damp free.
ü Oil massage followed by a warm water bath regularly is recommended.
ü Fumigation with likes of loban and dry neem leaves for drying cloths and killing insects / bacteria is recommended.
ü Use of Perfumes is advocated in this season.

PANCHAKARMA

Varsha Ritu or Monsoon season is considered as the best to go through Ayurvedic treatments since the moist climate opens up the pores in the skin, making it more receptive to all the medications and treatments. Ayurvedic treatments are highly recommended during this season in order to prevent any kind of disorders and to boost immunity.
Here are few key benefits of Ayurveda during the Monsoon season 

 

Balances the vitiated doshas
Increases immunity
Cleanses & detoxifies the body
Rejuvenates body & mind 
Prevents lifestyle disorders like diabetes, blood pressure & stress
Conclusion
In this season, more especially, people of vataja prakriti and likewise people suffering from vataja disorders like arthritis (rheumatoid as well as osteoarthritis), backache, lumbar and cervical spondylosis, insomnia, swelling in joints, sciatica, body aches etc are major sufferers. They must consult an Ayurvedic consultant so as to avoid a Vata imbalance.
If the above-mentioned diet and lifestyle is followed during the Monsoon, one can do their best to balance the body and mind.

Note: Article is Originally Written by Dr VD Singh and Author can be reachable at https://drsinghspeaks.blogspot.com/

With Regards,
Dr V D Singh MD (Ay)
Ayurcare, Vijaypur (Jammu)
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Ritucharya: An Overview of Seasonal Regimen in Ayurveda by Dr Vikram

Ritucharya: Ayurvedic Seasonal Regimen for Healthy Living

Written and Compiled by Dr Vikram Jasrotia (Ayr, MD)

Founder of Ayurcare

PREFACE


Ayurveda is the ‘Science of life’. Its fundamental and foremost principle is to maintain the health of a healthy individual by following proper diet and lifestyle regimen rather than to treat or cure an ailment. To achieve this goal, Ayurveda explains various protocols as per the need and necessity of an individual. These protocols vary from person to person as Ayurveda doesn’t accept ‘one-size-fits-all’ as true. As per Ayurveda no two persons are exactly alike in the given time. Hence the treatment is recommended keeping a variety of aspects of ailment and ailing individual in mind.
Apart from age, sex, constitution etc of the sick, various other external factors too are taken into consideration while treating a person, which may intermingle with the wellness of that individual. For example, the environmental factors including temperature, humidity, wind, rain, clouds, the nature of the land, water of the given place etc are kept in mind while designing a treatment protocol. To be more precise, the treatment plan for an individual dwelling in the mountainous terrain of Kashmir will be different from a person residing in tropical Punjab. Likewise choice of drugs varies from season to season.
TRIDOSHA
 
This whole Universe is composed of five basic elements called Panchamahabhuta or Panchatatva viz., Ether (Akash), Air (Vayu), Fire (Agni), Water (Jala) and Earth (Prithvi); and man being the microcosm of this Universe, too is made up of these five basic elements. These five elements interact in specific patterns constituting Vata, Pitta & Kapha collectively called as Tridosha.
Tridosha are basic humors or bio-entity of the body. However, they can’t be seen being a non-physical entity, yet are evident through their bodily functions and typical symptoms. The balanced state of Tridoshas symbolizes health and imbalance of the same is considered as illness.

RITUCHARYA 
 
Ayurveda advocates that our body is affected by seasonal changes. As stated above, man is microcosm of the Universe. Vata, Pitta &Kapha govern all bodily activities of human as Air, Sun and Water do in the ecosystem of earth. As we see various changes in ecosystem such as scorching heat in summers, biting cold in winters etc, man being a part of the same ecology, his body is also influenced by such alterations in external environment. With the change in season, the change is evident in the environment we live in. If body refuses to adopt the stressors arose because of the changes in specific traits of seasons, it may lead to imbalance of Tridosha, which in turn may render the body highly susceptible to one or other kinds of disorders. To avoid this imbalance of Tridosha, Ritucharya (seasonal regimen) has been mentioned in the classics of Ayurveda.
Lifestyle diseases are a result of an inappropriate relationship of people with their environment. Ayurveda has depicted various rules and regimens regarding diet and behavior to acclimatize seasonal alterations and thus prevents the derangement of homeostasis which may cause various diseases such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension, cancer etc. Ritucharya is a mode of living one’s life in context of the seasons. It is an ancient Ayurvedic practice literally meaning ‘seasonal regimen’. It recommends different diets and lifestyle schedules in each season which help in retaining the health. This could range from obvious choices such as wearing warmer clothes during the winter to seasonal eating habits. The importance of Ritucharya in Ayurveda is that the principles from it can be applied daily to benefit one’s body.

SEASONS
 
 
Ayurveda describes six seasons, each of two months duration, namely Shishira, Vasanta, Grishma, Varsha, Sharada and Hemanta in a year. A year (Samvatsara) is further divided into two semesters (Ayana), consisting of six months with three seasons each.
(1) Uttarayana or Northern Solstice – It indicates the ascent of the Sun or when the Sun appears to move northward. It comprises ofShishira, Vasanta & Grishma seasons. It is Agneya (Fire-like property) in nature.
(2) Dakshinayana or Southern Solstice – Dakshinayana indicates the descent of the sun or when the Sun appears to move southward. It comprises of Varsha, Sharad and Hemant seasons.
Uttarayana or Adana Kala or Northern Solstice 
 

 

Uttarayana is also called Adana Kala. Adana means ‘to take away’. In Indian subcontinent this period may range from mid – January to mid – July when warmness and dryness in atmosphere increases and reaches its peak. The Sun and the wind become extremely powerful during this half of the year. The scorching heat of the Sun takes away the moisture and cooling quality of Earth leaving it dry and rough. Likewise energy and strength of the creatures also dries up leaving them debilitated. Adana Kala brings increase in the Tikta (bitter),Kashaya (astringent), and Katu (pungent) rasa (taste) respectively, in the successive ritus, which brings about dryness in the body and reduces the Bala (strength).
According to modern science this can be compared with the movement of Earth around the Sun to the position in which the rays of the Sun fall perpendicularly at 30 degree meridian of the North Pole on June 21st every year, called as summer solstice.


Dakshinayana or Visarga Kala or Southern Solstice 

 
Dakshinayana, also known as Visarga Kala is for giving of strength and vigour in all living beings. During this period, Moon dominates the Sun and anabolic activity dominates over the catabolic activity in the environment. The Sun releases the strength to the people while Earth is cooled down due to the clouds, rain and cold wind. Unctuousness sets in the atmosphere and Amla (sour), Lavana (salty), and Madhura(sweet) Rasa are predominant, so the strength of person enhances during this period. This period ranges from mid – July to mid – January in the Indian subcontinent.
According to modern science, this can be compared with the movement of the earth around the sun to the position in which the rays of the sun fall over 30 degree meridian of the South Pole perpendicularly on December 21st every year, called as winter solstice.


CLASSIFICATION OF SEASONS

TRIDOSHA STATUS IN DIFFERENT SEASONS

Vata dosha accumulates during the dry or dehydrating heat of the summer. In rainy season, due to constant raining, the moisture and cold weather aggravates Vata. The apetite (Agni) becomes low and causes indigestion.

Pitta accumulates during the rainy season due to the acidic conditions of the atmosphere and a weakened digestion. It is aggravated during autumn when the heat returns .This occurs after the cooling spell of the rainy season.
Kapha accumulates during the cold season due to the cold and dampness caused by the winds, clouds and rain. It gets aggravated during the spring when the warm weather liquefies the accumulating Kapha.
SEASONAL VARIATION IN HUMAN STRENGTH 
In the beginning of Visarga Kala and ending of Adana kala, i.e., during Varsha and Grishma, strength gets weak and debility occurs. In the middle of the solstices, that is, during Sharata and Vasanta, strength remains in moderate grade and during the end of Visarga Kala and in the beginning of Adana Kala, that is, during Hemanta and Shishira, maximum strength is seen.
SEASONAL VARIATION IN POTENCY OF TASTES 
 

The following table summarizes the tastes which are more powerful and hence can be included in the diet in each of the six seasons.

Conclusion:
As adaptations according to the changes, is the key for survival, the knowledge of Ritucharya (regimen for various seasons) is thus important.
Note: Article is Originally Written by Dr VD Singh and Author can be reachable at Ayurcare.
With Regards,Dr V D Singh MD (Ay)
Ayurcare, Vijaypur (Jammu)
Mobile : +91- 9419180272 | +91- 9622361874

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Ayurveda and Herbal Plants Research Series – The Ayurveda/Herbal Plant Remedy for Mercury, those are born in Jyestha Nakashtra Moon Sign or Ascendant.

The  Ayurveda/Herbal  Plant Remedy for those are born in Jyestha Nakashtra Moon Sign or Ascendant.

 

(Commonly known as Toothbrush tree, Sandpaper Tree, Streblus Asper, Aporosa lindleyana- Same family) 

Botanical Name : Streblus Asper lour.

Common Name :
Siora, Karchanna ( Hindi), Sakhota, Akshadhara (Sanskrit).

Hindi Names : Daheya, Dahia, Karchanna, Rusa, Sahora, Sihora
 
Malayalam: Paruvamaram, Sakhotavrksam

Sanskrit: Akshadhara, Bhutavasa, Bhutavriksha, Dhukavasa, Karkashachhada, Kharacchada, Pitaphalaka, Pishachandru, Pitaphala, Pitaphalaka, Rukshapatra, Sakata, Shakhota, Shankhinivasa.

English: Sand Paper Mulberry, Sahor, Siamese Rough-Bush, Paper Bark.
Bengali: Sheoda, Sheora.
Gujrati: Sahoda.
Kannada: Mittlamara, Ponnolige, Mittle Mara, Mittli Mara, Mitli, Punje.
Malayalam: Pirayan, Pirai, Paravamaram, Paruva.
Marathi: Sahod, Karvatee, Karvati, Karera, Karaoli, Karchanua, Rusa.
Oriya: Sahod.
Punjabi: Shebda, Jindi, Dahya.
Tamil: Pirayan Pirai, Prayara, Palpirai, Kuttippala.
Telugu: Berrenka, Barninka, Bariniki, Bari Venka, Barranki, Pakki.

Urdu: Sehoda.

For More Detailed info : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Streblus_asper

General Characteristics:

The Next Nakshatra Category in Scorpio Sign is Jyestha Nakshatra. Those who are born in Jyestha as birth nakshatra or having Jyestha Nakshatra as their ascendant should follow these medical remedies.

The Lord Shani Dev, along with the goddess Jyestha, the god Yama, Vehicle of Shanidev – the crow and the goddess Nirrti all are associated with this nakshatra as mentioned in Hindu mythological scriptures, that’s why they all have a close relation with Jyestha nakshatra for Black mystic powers associated with tantras and black magic. Mainly It has been seen that Blackmagic has a close relationship with the imbalance in Vayu-tattva or Pran Vayu in our body, it reduces the flow of Prana Vayu in our body. In Astrological understanding Planet, Mercury is closely associated with this type of Vata dosha because of imbalance of Vayu in body. Further, it has been observed that Black powers always attacks first Prana Vayu in our body then it controls our brain. Imbalance of Vayu in the body creates Brain fog and total loss of control over brain motors required for body functioning.

For Reducing this sort of negative impact on Jyestha born people, feeding to Black Crow and using the roots of the plants associated with the Jyestha nakshatra could be very helpful in nullifying the malefic impact of Mercury on native mental and physical health’s via tantra and mantra.

That’s the only reason why it is considered as the mysterious sign of black Magician and same its herb is used in many of black magic rituals too, & many of those practices are done under this nakshatra. Many of the people those having much interest in black magic or fall prey to black-magic are born with in this nakshatra
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Fruits and leaves
The Herbal and mystical Plant fall in Jyestha Nakshatra is ” Sandpaper Tree or Aporosa lindleyana or Streblus Asper or Akshadhara or Siora”. Those Natives Having Jyestha Nakshatra or ascendant, falling in Scorpio Sign should plant this in Temple or Donate these trees to get beneficial results for curing the malefic effect in their birth nakshatra for scorpions.Spiritual & Astrological Significance

It is a mystical Herbal plant/tree and have many uses in day to day life. According to the Sthala purana  of  the Dharukavaneshwarar temple in Tirauparaaithurai as explained by Author Nandita Krishna in ” Sacred Plants of India” , lord Shiva stood in the form of Swayambhu Linga under this tree and since then the place and the deity of this temple named after this sacred tree and even in people living in Ganjram district in orissa have local rituals to get marry with this tree if she has not secured a husband before she attains maturity age.

 

Tree Structure of Streblus Asper

Astrologically, Basic Nature of this nakshatra fall in Siora tree is Rakshas Gana, making them too much self-centred dispositions and presiding deity is Indra – King of the Gods usually gives Immense sexual appetite, hunger for power, controlling others, Acute jealousy, sometimes urge for adultery too being inhabitant nature of Indra as seen in historic details.So native of Jyestha Nakshatra Should plant this tree in temple areas to reduce the negative traits of Rakshasa vriti.Those having any planet in Badhak Sthan (For Capricorn Lagna, Scorpio Sign is falling in their 11th house -which is a natural  house of the badha (The form of Rudra – Hara for punishing our bad deeds and the sign link with this house is scorpio, associated with root reason of our karmic sufferings and mainly three nakshatras are falling under this sign, whereas the jyestha is most prone to get affected by the badhaka first, As its ruling lord is Mercury, ruling our brain, Vata Tattva,  which always get effect first by the black and mystic powers, -same goes with the deity – the Indra who always rules or try to control others, that’s why Jyestha native mostly having basic tendency toward power and jealousy and always have deep rooted interest toward Black magic activities, occult or tantra when it is associated with the Badhka graha or sign,  as it is most prone to the badhaka nakshatra among rest of two nakshatras in scorpio),  especially in Jyestha nakshatra can also plant this tree to  get free from health and diseases of Vata dosha.

In Our Panch Anga System, Nakshatra always has seen for the good health and longevity of the native, so any spiritual, medicinal and Herbs/plants/tree connected with the nakshatras always give long life and good health to the native.

Even use of Juices, barks and leaves can work as wonder for the native those are connected with the nakshatras.

So, overall meditation under this tree, use of herbs for mental protection, or planting and Use of Ayurvedic paste of Siora in the body will be very helpful for jyestha nakshatra born natives for nullifying any diseases or for the long life of native.

Common Diseases based on Astrological Significance :

These Natives usually get, Frequent temperature issues, dysentery, cough and cold, asthmatic attack, Vaat Rog, and the stomach problems are the  mainly possible diseases they may face. Many times it has been seen giving Disturbed Mind of native too, with regular insomnia problem, uncontrolled acute headache, Mental stresses, too much disturbing thoughts. It is noticed that these people are affected with one or the other health problems frequently. He/she may also have severe pain in arms and shoulders too.For fixing these issues native should plant Sandpaper tree in their garden, near Temple, Forest area or around their surroundings or to meditate under them for better results, or they can use the herbal pastes from leaves and roots on any of afflicted body part. Medicinal values of these trees is magical and we can use much of it as herb and even we can use as a toothbrush or paste too for curing above diseases.

This herb is Found mostly in Southern side of India and in srilanka.

Herbs Description: 

Herbs descriptions : Yellow fruits with Sharp leaves

Medium-sized dioecious tree. Leaves simple, elliptic-oblong, glabrous. Male flowers in spikes, fascicled, yellowish; stamens 2 – 3. Female flowers in short fascicled racemes. Fruit sub-globose capsule, crowned with short style, opening irregularly. Seeds enclosed in yellow pulp.

Uses: 

 

Plant (nodes) paste is applied on forehead for headache. It has cooling effect.Leaf mucilage is massaged over head for rhinitis and running nose. Oil prepared using its leaf is applied for burns, and also on head for preventing hair fall. Young shoot tip boiled in coconut oil is applied for burns, ulcers and bruises. 

Young shoot tip ground in milk is given for leucorrhoea. Root decoration is given for jaundice,fever and headache. Tender shoot tip and cumin seeds crushed and heated with coconut oil are applied for burns. Leaf paste is applied for tennis elbow and joint pain. 

35 gm root crushed, boiled in four cup water and reduced to one cup is given two times in case of insanity and sleeplessness. Fruit is an appetizer, cooling and is useful for cold. Plant extract is used to remove the Strychnos poisoning. Tender shoot tip is fried in coconut oil and the residue is applied to remove marks of burn.Root decoration is given internally, while leaf extract in water is applied over head and also as bath for insanity, sleeplessness and anxiety. Young leaf along with cumin and coriander seeds are made into a decoction which is used with sugar and milk as tea to remove poison that entered through food.

Fruit is edible and is useful for rheumatism. Root decoction is given for jaundice and protein discharge through urine. Shoot tip along with raw rice ground in water or lime juice is applied for all types of furuncles. Shoot tip ground with cumin seeds in milk is given for 15 daysin case of leucorrhoea and all other types of bleeding’s. When oil gets separated while heating its leaf juice and paste with coconut milk, copra gratings and hair ash are added to it and the same is applied for burns. Leaf and that of Cucurbita pepo are ground into paste and is applied immediately after burns.

 

Identification :


 

The toothbrush tree or sandpaper tree is a member of the Moraceae family so is related to the banyan, peepal, mulberry, shahtoot mulberry, Punjab fig, European fig, the Tropical fig (Ficus septica) and to the Jackfruit trees. It is native to the Indian subcontinent, southern China, Thailand, Myanmar, the Philippines, Malaysia and Sri Lanka. 

It is a small tree growing to around 10 metres with dense branches, and has small yellow fruit which look a little like loquats. In the Philippines it is known as Kalios and in India it is the Shakhotaka. Its leaves are like sandpaper, hence one of its English names, and these have been used as toothbrushes (the other English name) and for oral hygiene.

 

Medicinal Values:



Sandpaper Tree bark when boiled in water can be used as a disinfectant for wounds and skin problems. Decoction of the bark of this tree is used for fever, diarrhoea and dysentery, chewing itself as an antidote to snake bites.

The powdered root is used for diarrhoea and dysentery and can be made into a poultice for ulcers on the skin. The root is used for epilepsy, inflammation and boils, and the root extract is astringent and antiseptic. The bark exudes a latex when cut which is used in India for chapped hands and feet. It is also used for swollen glands, being put on them externally. The seeds are used for nosebleeds, piles and diarrhoea too. 


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An extract of the leaves has been shown to have antimicrobial properties, stated that the tree possesses antioxidant, anti-allergic, antimalarial, anti-cancer, cardio-tonic and insecticidal properties.

The volatile oil from the leaves showed “significant anticancer activity” as does an extract of the root according to a further study Abstract B73: “Chemopreventive effect of Streblus asper, a bonsai plant, on osteosarcoma cells: A Preliminary Study” Azman Seeni et al. Cancer Prevention Research 3 (Meeting Abstract Supplement) B73 January 7th 2010.

This study suggests that the antioxidant compounds in the root extract such as caffeic acid may act as carcinogenic inhibitors, although further research is needed to substantiate the findings and to carry the work further.

Ayurveda nature and Use :

In Ayurvedic medicine the leaves are used to help promote the milk-flow of breast-feeding mothers, as well as being used as poultices for boils and skin ulcers. The roots are used for diarrhoea and dysentery while a decoration of the bark is also given for these ailments and for fevers. The latex from the tree is sometimes applied to the temples in cases of neuralgia and a paste made from the seeds is applied to leucoderma.

In Bangladesh parts of the tree are used for syphilis and other STDs and for cholera, piles, wounds and as a mild pain reliever or analgesic.

Clearly more research is needed to discover the mechanisms which cause this tree to have such beneficial effects on human diseases.

In Sanskrit, bark of Streblus asper is known as Sakhotaka and known as katu Vipaka herb as its taste bitter,  usually gives pungent smell after digestion and it is hot (Pittha) nature herb. it is an Ushna Virya herb; means tendency to give ” hot potency “, which can subdues Vata and Kapha nature and increases Pitta. It has property of digestion, vomiting and purging, and gives feeling of lightness but It is considered bad for sperms and fetus. It is useful in indigestion, low appetite, nausea and piles.

Even with the hot nature Sakhotaka is also a Katu Vipak herb, means which can  gives bitter taste  after digestion.

Katu Viapk herbs, increases dryness in body. Such foods reduce fertility and Kapha.

Tri Guna Balance of Sakhota :
Kaphahara: Pacifies Kapha Dosha
Vatahara: Pacifies Vata Dosh
Medohar: Reduces obesity

Therapeutic Uses in Ayurveda:

Raktapitta (Bleeding disorder)

Arsha (Piles)
Shlipada (filaria)
Apachi (scrofula glandular swellings)
Prameha (Urinary problems)
Kushtha (Skin disease)
Gandamala (Cervical lymphadenitis)Etymology: 

Saroli (shampoo) and Bolsaroli (white shampoo) arose as the leaves of this plant are used as shampoo and white coloured bark.Note: 

Fruits are edible. Tender shoot tip paste is applied to the crushed Borassus inflorescences to increase the quantity of toddy during toddy tapping. Plant is used in black magic.
Spiritual Remedy :

Those having Afflicted Nakashtra lord Should worship lord Vishnu or fierce feminine Deities like Durga or Kali and root Mantra for this nakashtra is ” OM DHAM”.

With thanks and Regards,

Rakesh Singh Jamwal

Source and Reference:
Sacred Plants of India by By Nanditha Krishna
Wikipedia

Astro-Ayurveda and Herbal Plants Research Series : The Ayurvedic/Herbal Plant (Bilwa) Remedy those are born in Visakha Nakashtra or Ascendant.

 

Biological classification of Bael

The scientific classification of bael is as below

  • Kingdom: Plantae (Angiosperms)
  • Order: Sapindales
  • Family: Rutaceae
  • Subfamily: Aurantioideae
  • Tribe: Aurantieae
  • Genus: Aegle
  • Species: A. marmelos
  • Binomial name: Aegle marmelos

Various names of Bael

  • English name:  Wood apple
  • Arabic:  Safarjale
  • Bengali:  Belpatthar ka paid
  • Hindi:  Bael
  • Marathi:  Belaache zaad
  • Tamil:  Vilvamaran
  • Sinhala:  Beli
  • Gujarati:  Billu
  • Kannada:  Belladi hannu
  • Konkani:  Gorakamili
  • Malyalam:  Koolam
  • Marathi:  Bel
  • Odia:  Baela
  • Urdu:  Bael
  • Indonesia:  Maja
  • Thai:  Matum

Bael or Aegle marmelos is a spiritual, religious and medicinal plant, native of India and Bangladesh and spread throughout South East Asia. The fruit takes about 10 to 11 months to ripen. Wood Apple is a sweet, aromatic and astringent in nature. Bel has many benefits and uses such as to cure tuberculosis, hepatitis, dysentery, constipation, peptic ulcer, piles and many more, useful in worm infestation and stomach related problems. Bael or Aegle marmelos is also known as Bengal quince, golden apple, Japanese bitter orange, stone apple, etc.  It is also known by various names such as Wood apple, Kaitha, Maredu Pandu, Vilam Palam, Belada Hannu, Koovalam, Kothu, Koth Bel, etc. It’s one of the few Ayurvedic plants whose entire parts from root to leaves are used for different diseases. The fruit balances Kaph and Vata doshas, its roots improve digestion, leaves are good for pain, stem for heart and bel flowers for curing of diarrhoea.

The religious importance of Bael


According to the Ayurvedic Research by V. NIGAM and V. S. NAMBIAR, Aegle marmelos or Bael
is one such plant described in the ancient medical treatise in Sanskrit, Charak Samhita. It is popular medicinal plant in Ayurvedic and Siddha systems of medicine and folk medicines used to treat a wide variety of ailments. Aegle Marmelos commonly known as bael belongs to family Rutaceae. In Ayurveda Bael is termed tridosh har- remedy for three disturbances- bile, wind and phlegm. Aegle marmelos (Bilva) is considered as an embodiment of Lord Shiva himself and it is one of the sacred trees in Hinduism having spiritual powers.

Bilva tree is said to have manifested from Goddess Sri Maha Lakshmi and Sri Sooktham eulogize Goddess Lakshmi as…

“Aadithya varnae tapassodhi jaatho
Vanaspathi stava vrukshotha bilvaha
Tasya phalani tapasaanudantu
Mayaantha raayaashcha baahya alakshmeehi”

The translation of this stotra is given below.

“Oh Lakshmi, your complexion is like that of a morning Sun, a vanaspathi (trees bearing fruits without blossoming) called by name Bilva was brought forth by your devout austerity. Through your favour may the fruits of the tree drive away my misfortunes and poverty both internal (ignorance) and external. It is believed and said that one who does penance under the Bilva tree and meditate on Goddess Sri Maha Lakshmi will be bestowed with fulfilment of all desires”

 

Leaves are offered in prayers to Shiva and Parvathi since ancient time. Bael having useful medicinal properties especially as a cooling agent, is a deciduous sacred tree, associated with Gods. This tree is popular in Shiva and Vishnu temples also popularly known as the temple garden plant and it can be grown in every house. Its leaves are trifoliate symbolizing the Thrimurthies- Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva with spear-shaped leaflets resembling trisoolam the weapon of Lord Shiva. The tree is also sacred to the Jains. The 23rd Tirthankara, Bhagwan Parasnathji attained enlightenment under a Bael tree. The leaflets are given to devotees as prasadam in Shiva temples and as Tulsi in Vishnu temples.

Bael has great religious significance. In Hindu tradition, the leaves and the fruit of the plant are offered to god during prayer, especially god Shiva. Its leaves are also used to worship Parvati and Viva Rupra. The fruit is used in religious ceremonies and rituals and its mentioned is also seen in Vedas and Mahabharata.

In a Research paper by  Neha Parmar, Suman Singh and Bhupesh Patel on ” Historical and Ethno-Medical Review on Bilva Patra ” ; References regarding Bilva are abundantly given from the Yajurveda, Atharvaveda, Brahmanas, Kalpasutras and Puranas which suggests its popularity. It is also mentioned in the Valmiki Ramayana and the Mahabharata. Historically it is referred to as one of the pious trees in the Baudhayana Dhamasutra, Taitiriya Brahamana termed the Bilva tree as a propitious tree. In ancient India, Bilva was considered as the most sacred of all fruits, and was used as the main food offering to the temple deities. In recent times coconut has superseded the Bilva as the principal fruit of religious offering as a symbol of self-surrender. Hindu iconography is replete with Bilva, too—its trifoliate leaves emerge on Shiva’s crown and trident, and the points of three-pronged leaves also represent the holy trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. Its amulets were made and worn for removing the evil effects. It was regarded as the symbol of fatness and fertility as it increases in size from the roots up to the branches and yield’s fruits every year.Among the eight leaves of Bilva offered to Lord Shiva, it is believed to be Mokshasadhanam in Lingarchanchandrika. According to Maitra, Bilva tree is said to possess essence of celestial light. It is told to wear ‘Bilva Mani’ as an ornament for Dusvapnanashana (removing bad dreams), Rakshoghna (destroying evil), Rasayana (elixir of life), Prajasthapana (preserving progeny) and Vishaghna (antivenom) in Shankhyana Aranyaka.

Water made out of Bilva Patra is used for bath in bridal rituals. It is told to wear Bilva-danda in Upanayana Samskara too.Bilva was also used as a stick by the Babylonian slam 7000 years ago. (Alimas, et al., 1996). The tree is also sacred to the Jains, as the 23rd Tirthankara, Bhagwan Parasnathji is said to attained enlightenment under a Bilva tree.

In Agnipurana, inhaling the oil obtained from this plant is said to increase the poetic acumen of the inhaler and enables him to live a long life. Further, either the decoction of Bilva fruits, Mangifera indica, Dolicos lablab, Woodfordia fruiticosa, Zingiber ofcinale along with buttermilk and molasses is mentioned in treatment of gastroenteritis or the decoction of Bilva, Aconitum heterophyllum and Holerrhena antidysenterica should be given. Bilva is also said to cure fever associated with pain and cough.

Spiritual Importance of Bilwa patra

 

The Shiva Purana tells the story of the effect of worshipping Lord Shiva with the bel leaf

A hunter once had to go hunting on the day ofMaha Shivaratriwhen Lord Shiva is worshipped because his family was hungry. At the end of the day, the hunter was not able to find any prey. He climbed a tree by a lake, waiting for an unsuspecting animal to come for a drink. He did not realize that the tree he had climbed was a bilva tree. Buried at the foot of the tree was a Shivling, the representation of Lord Shiva for worship. During the night, he kept throwing the bilva leaves on the ground and they fell on the Shivling. This unknowing worship to Lord Shiva was enough to transform the hunter into a compassionate and understanding human being and frees him from his past bad karma.

As described in the Nagara Khanda of the Skanda Purana Bilva tree emerged from the sweat of Shiva’s wife Parvati,

The splendid Daughter of the Mountain; the goddess [Parvati] became tired due to her sports. Drops of sweat appeared on her forehead and a drop fell on the ground. It became a great tree on the excellent mountain Mandara, Parvati said, “Since this tree pierced through the ground and rose up near me, let it be named Bilva. If anyone approaches this tree devoutly and collects the leaves, he shall certainly become a king of the earth. If anyone with perfect faith worships me with its leaves, he will realize whatever desire he may cherish. If a person, after seeing the leaves of Bilva, at least maintains faith in the rite of adoration, I shall undoubtedly be the bestowed of wealth on him. If anyone makes his mind to eat the tip of the leaves, thousands of his sins perish automatically. If a man places the tip of the leaf on his head, no torture of Yama will give him pain.”

Bilva-Patrais the leaf of one of the sacred trees in the Hindu religion calledBael (बेल). Its holiness is comparable to Tulsi leaves. In fact, Bilva-Patra is to Shiva what Tulsi leaves are to Vishnu. Bael is known by Stone apple, Wood apple, Golden Apple or Bengal Quince in English. In Hindi, it is commonly known as Bael or Bel and a leaf of Bel is Bel-Patta. The scientific name is “Aegle Marmelos”. Bilva-Patra is the Sanskrit name.  
                   
According to Hindu mythology, it has emerged from the heart of Goddess Lakshmi. It is clear from sixth “Shloka” of “Bilvashtakam” as follows:- 

                              लक्ष्म्याः स्तनत उत्पन्नं महादेवस्य च प्रियम् 

                              बिल्ववृक्षं प्रयच्छामि   बिल्वपत्रं शिवार्पणं ।6।
Lakshmya stanat utpannam mahadevasya ch priyam
bilvavriksham prayachchhami bilvapatram shivarpanam.
Meaning:
I offer this bael tree which has emerged from the heart of Goddess Lakshmi and liked by Mahadev. So I offer Bilva-Patra to God Shiva. 
A leaf of Bilva-Patra is a compound leaf which contains three leaflets. This three leafleted Bilva-Patra is loved by Shiva which is offered to Him. Rarely it happens that more than three leaflets grow in the leaf which becomes a point of curiosity among the devotees. I have seen such leaves being sold at a higher price in the campus of Baba Baidyanathdham Temple complex. But these leaves should not be offered to Shiva as it is clear from first “Shloka” of Bilvashtakam” as follows:-
 
त्रिदलं  त्रिगुणाकारं  त्रिनेत्रं  च  त्रयायुधम् 
त्रिजन्म पापसंहारम् बिल्वपत्रं शिवार्पणं ।1। 
 
Tridalam trigunakaram trinetram ch tryaudham
trijanma pap-sanharam bilvapatra Shivarpanam.
Meaning:
The three leafleted Bilva-patra that has three qualities of Sat, raj and tam, that represents three eyes of Shiva and three weapons, that destroys the sins of three births, I offer that Bilva-Patra to God Shiva.) 


 This “Shloka” is also spoken while offering Bilva-Patra to Shiva. In addition to three leaflets, it should be soft, without holes, without spots (दाग) and unbroken. The thicker part of the ‘Belpatta‘ twig (डंठल) which is connected to the tree(called vajra) should be removed. While offering to Shiva or other gods, the ‘Belpatra’ should be put upside down i.e. smooth face touching the ‘Linga’ and tip away from the devotee. There is an eight “Shloka” “Bilvashtakam” which describes the importance of Bilva-Patra.

Before offering the leaves, they are touched or sprinkled with white sandalwood paste (चन्दन). Not only Shiva but all members of Shiva family (शिव परिवार) including Nandi the Guard is offered Bilva-Patra. Ganesh, Gouri (Shakti) and her Avatars like Durga & Kaali and Kartikeya all are offered Bilva-Patra. Since Shiva is like a devotee of Rama, So some people write “राम” with sandalwood paste (चन्दन) or Kunkum (कुंकुम) on the leaflets and offer it to Shiva. Hanuman is an avatar of Shiva and also called ‘Rudra avatar’, so ‘Bilva-Patra’ is also offered to Hanuman.  
 Some devotees think that three leaflets of Bilva-Patra represent three eyes of Shiva:- Two lower leaflets as two normal eyes and one upper leaflet as the third eye on the forehead. As in any temple in North India, the Pundit gives “Charanamrit” (Holy water with Tulsi leaves) to devotees, similarly, in Bhubaneswar, a Pundit at Shiva temple gives Holy water with a piece of Bilva-Patra.  The number of Bilva-Patra offered to Shiva may vary from one to more than lakhs depending upon availability and affordability of the person. I have seen one lakh and twenty-five thousand (सवा लाखBilva-Patras being offered to Baba Basukinath by some devotees in the month of “Saavan” and “Aashaadh“. 
 Though it is a practice that something offered to Gods are not offered again, but in the case of Bilva-Patra if it not available to someone and he sees some Bilva-Patras put over Shiva-lingam then he may take it, wash it and again offer it to Shiva. Shiva is so kind to his devotees that He even accepts the imaginary offerings equally. As in the first stanza of “Shiva Manas Pujan Stotram” many things including Bilva-Patra is offered in imagination:- 

Ratnaih kalpitam aasanam himjalaih snanam ch divyambaram

Nana ratna vibhooshitam    mrigmadamodankitam chandanam

jatichampakvilvapatra  rachitam  pushpam  ch  dhoopam tatha

Deepam dev  dayanidhe  pashupate   hritkalpitam  grihyataam.

 
Devotees plant this tree in their house campus for Bilva-Patra and the fruits. Bilva-tree on the campus helps to make one’s name, fame and wealth grow. Not only this since the tree of Bael represents Shiva himself, after getting up from the bed in the morning people see and say ‘namaskar’ to the tree and speak this “Shloka”,
Darshanam Bilva Vrikshasya Sparshnam Papnashnam
Aghor    Papsanharam     Bilvapatram     Shivarpanam.
The worship of Shiva-linga under a ‘Bilva-Tree‘ is very fruitful. Watering a Bilva-Tree‘ with simple ‘Jalam’ or ‘Gangajalam‘ gives the ‘Punya‘ of visiting all ‘Tirthas’. Putting the water from near the root of this tree on the forehead destroys all “Papam“.

Astrological Importance of Bilwa Patra

 

Those who are born in Visakha Nakashtra and Scorpio moon sign or having a birth in Visakha Lagana nakshatras they should either plant Bilwa Patra Tree in their garden and daily give water to this tree or those having health issues related to liver or stomach should take Bilva Juice daily to Nullify the negative impact of Jupiter in their Natal chart.

Even meditation under this tree can be blissful too for Visakha nakashtra people. Despite Planting they should Do Rudra abhishek with Bilwa Patra, fruits, Milk and rest of Panch amrits. It can heal the malefic effect of Jupiter with much greater speed if done with proper care and utter devotion.
Even those having Jupiter as Bhadhaka planet they should also plant or donate Bilwa planet to someone needy or near Shiva linga in lord shiva temple, that way it can nullify the negative impact of Bhadhaka.
If Jupiter is malefic it can lead to trouble of Liver functionalities, Elevation in enzymes, Uncontrolled Sexual appetite, gall bladder issues, Kidney enzymes troubles or sometimes increase in level of infections or Diabetic pattern, Can give increase in Bilirubin- Jaundice, Weakening of body due to extreme heat in the stomach and liver, can leads to gastric troubles or constipation etc too.
Reason being according to System of 5 limbs Nakashtras are known and seen for Health Matters of Mind and Body. Any affliction to Native birth nakashtras can lead to disturbed health of Mind and body. This is the only reason why affliction in Scorpion moon and Visakha Nakashtras lord via nodes are mostly prone to problems of Liver and Genetic organs issues during their Dasha padas.
Same way Visakha Nakashtra Diety connected with Indra – the god of transformation, Power and Agni the god of fire, could be another reason why Visakha people are so much extremist in everything in life from sexual appetite to power to hunger.
So, Increase in the Level of Tamsik and Rakashas gana in this nakshatra can lead to health trouble due to overindulgence in Sexuality, over hunger, increase in appetite, improper digestion, stomach issues, gas and mostly liver has been found afflicted.

So, best Remedy to cure Viskhna Nakashtra (Scorpion) moon sign is the planting of a bilwa tree and having bilwa fruit daily or worshipping of Lord Shiva with Bilwa Patra and fruit .

Medicinally Bilwa has many benefits :

1) Can cure diarrhoea, cholera, haemorrhoids, vitiligo.

2) Can Reduces gastric ulcer.

3) Antimicrobial property.

4) Can cure scurvy.

5) Can control cholesterol.

6) Can solve respiratory problems.

7) Anti-inflammatory.

8) Can be used to treat heart diseases.

9) Can prevent constipation.

10) Can control diabetes.

Nutritional Value of Bael Fruit

The various nutrients in a bael fruit per 100gm.

Nutrients Amount

Carbohydrate 31.8 gm

Fat 0.3 g

Proteins 1.8 gm.

Vitamins

Vitamin A 55 mg.

Vitamin B Rich in Vitamin B1 and B2

Vitamin C 60 mg.

Thiamine 0.13 mg.

Riboflavin 1.19 mg.

Niacin 1.1 mg.

Carotene 55 mg.

Minerals

Calcium 85 mg.

Potassium 600 mg.

Fiber 2.9 gm.

Water 61.5 g.

Energy 137 k.cal

Energy 137 k.cal

10 Health benefits of Bael

  1. Bael for Tuberculosis: In Ayurveda, it is used for the treatment of tuberculosis.
  2. Bael for Gynecological disorders: The regular consumption of Bael helps to prevent gynecological related issues.
  3. Bael for Urinary diseases: Use of bel leads you to overcome the problems of urinary diseases.
  4. Bael for Diabetes prevention: It has bitter pungent, full of antioxidants and helps to stimulate the pancreas to secrete insulin, which leads to lowering of blood sugar. The leaves can be used against diabetes.
  5. Bael for Digestive disorders: It supports intestinal biological formulations and protects the digestive system from ulceration, reduces the frequency of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), intestinal spasm thus beneficial in treating of dirrrhea, dysentery, and other infections of Elementary canal.
  6. Bael for Fever prevention: The leaf juice with honey is helpful in prevention of fever.
  7. Bael for Epilepsy: Flowers are uses as epilepsy tonic.
  8. Bael Nutritional facts: It is rich in alakloids, polysaccharides, antioxidants, beta carotene, vitamin C, Vitamin B, and many other bio-chemical substances. It also contains tannins, calcium, phosphorous, iron, protein and fiber. The 100 gram of Bael contains the following nutrients: Calorific value (137 Kcal), Moisture (61.5g), Protein (1.8g), Fat (.3g), Minerals (1.7g), Fiber (2.9g), Carb (31.8mg), Calcium (85mg), Phosphorous (50mg), Iron (.7mg), Beta carotene (55 UG), Thiamine (.13mg), Niacin (1.1mg), Vitamin C (8 mg), Potassium (600mg) and Copper (.21 mg).
  9. Bael for Piles treatment: The extract of unripe bel fruit is helpful in curing of piles and hemorrhoids.
  10. Bael fights ulcer: Due to its soothing effects on the digestive system, it leads to reduce the acidity level in the stomach thus useful in combating ulcers like gastric ulcers, gastrodudenal ulcers, etc.

Uses of Bael

  • Its juice is used to make drink and squashes, especially in summer season because of its sweet and pleasant nature.
  • Bael tender leaves are used as salads.
  • It cleans the atmosphere as it helps to purify the atmosphere by absorbing the harmful gases from the it.
  • It is used to increase appetite.
  • Its extract oil is used to cure respiratory problems.
  • It is used in the preparation of candy, squash, toffee, pulp powder, and other eatable products.

Medicinal benefits of Bael

  • Bel is known for its medicinal values because of the presence of many bio-chemical substance such as alkaloids, antioxidants, polysaccharides and essential oils.
  • The fleshy inner product of bael is curative, pesticidal, nutritive as well as therapeutic in nature, which is used for the treatment of many diseases and disorders.
  • Wood apple leaves are of therapeutic value and used in lowering of blood cholesterol.
  • It is anti-inflammatory in nature. Its extracts when applied on the exposed area, help to cure inflammation.
  • Bael’s roots are antidiarrhoetic, antidote to snake venom and anti-inflammatory for healing.

Bel juice benefits

  • Bel juice is useful in curing of constipation because of its laxative properties.
  • Bel juice gives great comfort in heartburn, acidity, hyperacidity and indigestion.
  • If you are suffering from intestinal parasites, it is advisable to drink bael juice because of its antidote nature.
  • Aegle marmelos juice is good for heart and brain. Bel juice mixed with Ghee, is beneficial in prevention of heart disease. It is also used as heart tonic.
  • Chewing of raw leaves of Bel help to solve many gastric problems.
  • Bael juice is rich in vitamin C, and good for scurvy treatment.

Bel precaution

Though Bael is a beneficial Ayurvedic plant, but it has some side effects too. Before eating the fruit, one should take caution in the below given conditions.

  • Abdominal disorders:  Excess of bael consumption leads to abdominal disorders.
  • Constipation: If you are taking more quantity of the fruit, it may lead to constipation.
  • Pregnancy: One shouldn’t take Bel during pregnancy.
  • Breastfeeding:  Avoid during breastfeeding.
  • Surgery: It shouldn’t be used in surgery.
  • Diabetes: When taking for lowering of sugar in blood, one should observe sugar level carefully as it may down sugar too low.
  • Hypertension: One should avoid to take this fruit if having high blood pressure.

 

With thanks and Regards,

Rakesh Singh Jamwal

Source and Reference:
Skanda Puran, Chapter 250, Creation of bilwa Tree
Sacred Plants of India by By Nanditha Krishna
https://www.biodiversityofindia.org
Historical and Ethno-Medical Review on Bilva by Neha Parmar, Suman Singh, & Bhupesh Patel
Therapeutic  potential of  Aegle marimelos  leaves as an Antioxidant and anti-diabetic agent : A review by
V. NIGAM AND V. S. NAMBIAR
Wikipedia

Ayurveda and Herbal Plants Research Series : The Ayurvedic/Herbal Plant ( Bakula Tree) Remedy for those are born in Anuradha Moon Nakashtras or Ascendant

Herbal Plant/Tree Remedy for Diseases in Anuradha Nakashtras (Saturn Cure):

“Indian Medaller ” or “ The Scared Bakula Tree “

Common Name : Bakula, Bolsari, Maulsarau, Mahilam( Tamil).

Sanskrit : Chirapushpa, Anangaka, Bakula, Chirapushpa, Dhanvi, Gudhpushpa, Kantha, Karuka, Kesha, Mukula, Padyamoda, Sharadika, Sindhugandha, Simhakeshaa, Sthirmukhgandha, Surabhi Tailanga, Varalahdha, Visharada


Commonly Found in : Asia, Australia, Pacific.


Botnaical Name : Mimusops elengi L


Family: Sapotaceae


Vernacular Name: San: Bakula, Madhugandha, Surabhi

Local Names in Languages :

Bengali :Bakul
English :Bakul tree, Spanish cherry, Bullet wood, Asian bullet wood, West India medlar
Gujarati :Barsoli
Hindi :Maulsari मौलसरी
Kannada : Pokkalathu, Ranjal
Konkani : Omval
Malayalam : Elengi, Elenji, Elangi, Ilanni,Bakulam, Mukura, Elanchi
Manipuri : Bokul Lei
Marathi : Bakuli
Others : Bulletwood, Indian Medlar, Bakula, Magizham, Elengi, Pagade Tree’s,Maulsari,Spanish Cherry.
Tamil : Magizhamboo, Magizhamaram, Magizham, Magadam
Urdu : Kirakuli 



Habit: Large tree.


Habitat: Semi evergreen forests.


Status: Common.
Etymology: Madhugandha (sweet fragrance) and Surabhi (pleasant) are due to its sweet-scented flowers.

For More Details : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mimusops_elengi



Ancient Sacred Uses and History of Bakula:


This is one of Most celebrated sacred tree found in Hindu Scriptures and Puranas and even placed amongst the flowers of the Hindu Paradise.This tree is even mentioned several time in the Ramayana and considered as flowering tree found in the Gandhamadana forest and it is one of common tree found in the Panchavati growing near the lake in full bloom around Pampa Lake. One of an attractive tree adorning the Ashoka Vatika. Many a time it is used for constructing of Bridge and one of main flowering tree blossom in Lord Rama garden. Even Lord Krishna too celebrated this flowering tree by wearing a garland made of Bakula flowers. The Bakul tree is mentioned frequently in the Mahabharata – Lord Krishna used to play his flute under a Bakul tree and attract the milkmaids of Vrindavan. The ancient Indian sages regarded these trees as gifts from God. Bakul trees are frequently found growing at temple entrances. The Bakula tree, which is considered male, is planted on the right side of the temple entrance, while the chalta tree (Dillenia indica), which is considered female, is planted on the left side. The dense canopy of the Bakul tree provides a cool shade where devotees can sit, talk, relax and meditate. The Bakul flowers are used as offerings to the god. It is one of the 7 Scared trees associated with the Gautam Buddha and also scared to the Jains as it as an Emblem or Naminatha, A Tirthankara, he attained enlightenment under the shade of the Bakula Tree. Bakula flowers are offered to Lord Ganesha during the 21-Pushpa puja. The flowers are considered to be very sacred in Jainism and Buddhism.

According to Brihat Samhita, one must plant this sacred tree near houses, Temples and religious places. Kalidasa mentioned this tree as a symbol of love and Beauty as the scent of the flowers of the Bakula resembles wines and the fragrance is linked to the breadth of the young women. Even it doesn’t lose its fragrance in the sun too.It is believed that Bakula flowers bloom when a sweet wine is sprinkled from the mouth of a beautiful woman on them. They are the harbinger of ‘Basant’ or spring in India. The blooming phase of the flowers is from May to June. The flowers are small, about 2 cm in diameter. The flower has a crown coming out from the middle. The flowers would fall by morning, however, the fragrance remains as-it-is. 

The Bakula Pushpa plant has lots to offer and is also called Indian Medlar or Bulletwood tree when it comes to therapeutic benefits. However, Indians aren’t stranger to their beneficial properties for hair care and skin care. Known as Bakula to us, back home, this tree finds mention in the ancient scriptures of Ayurveda as well as in Kalidas’ Megduta.

Natives those are born in Anuradha Nakashtra in moon sign of Scorpio or in Anuradha Ascendant and those having Saturn as Bhadhaka graha or for Capricorn Lagana Where this Nakashtra also falls in Bhadhaka Sign too, should Plant this tree in their surroundings or near houses and they should donate this tree either in any temple or any religious place for curing para-Psychological diseases or troubled by this nakshatra. Even those are born in Anuradha Nakashtra, they should meditate under this tree daily to cure of Negative impact of this Nakashtra in their Mental and physical health.

Siddha Bakula tree is a certain tree in Puri in the state of Orissa, India. Under this tree Haridas Thakur, the famous Indian saint sat and chanted the holy names 20 hours daily.

Siddha Bakul Tree In Puri

Bakul tree belongs to the mimosa family of trees. The original tree which dates 500 years ago can still be found at this place today and is revered by pilgrims and tourists who visit Puri. Siddha Bakula is located near Gambhira Temple on Bali Sahi road. Siddha Bakula is the bhajana kutir of Haridasa Thakur, the place where he chanted 3,00,000 names of Krishna daily.

There is a small temple featuring a murthi of namacarya Srila Haridas Thakura in a sitting pose chanting japa. The site has extraordinary bakula tree winding and climbing around the courtyard. Tree looks like it exploded or it appears like petrified wood; completely dead. Yet it is wonderfully flourishing with lush green leaves and fragrant flowers. In another temple altar is Sadbhuja Gauranga (six-armed Gauranga) in the middle and Sri Nityananda Prabhu and Advaita Acarya. There is also a Deity of Lord Narasimhadeva.

 

Bakula Bakula Amavasya ( Associated with the Amavasya) Bakula flowers are offered to the manes, seeking Their blessings.
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Bakula is a lovely green small tree of the Indian subcontinent. With its small shiny, thick, narrow, pointed leaves, straight trunk and spreading branches, it is a prized ornamental specimen because it provides a dense shade and during the months from March to July fills the night air with the delicious heady aroma of its tiny cream coloured flowers. Flowers are small, star-shaped, yellowish white in colour, with a crown rising from the centre. Oval leaves, wavy at the margin, about 5-16 cm and 3-7 cm wide. In the morning the fragrant flowers which so graciously scented their surroundings with their deep, rich, fragrance during the evening hours, fall to the ground. People love to collect them as they retain their odour for many days after they fall. They are offered in temples and shrines throughout the country.
Appears in Indian mythology as Vakula – said to put forth blossoms when sprinkled with nectar from the mouth of lovely women. Fruits are eaten fresh.
Note:

Leaf is used in purificatory rituals of temples. It is a sacred plant. Ripe fruits and roasted seeds are edible. Corollas are made into garlands. β-sitosterol, α- spinasterol, quercitol, dihydroquercetin, lupeol, ursolic acid, teraxerone and hentriacontane are the active constituents

(Kapoor, 1990).

Description:


Large evergreen tree. Leaves simple, broadly ovate, glabrous. Flowers white, sweet-scented, in axillary clusters. Sepal 8, in 2 series, ovate, tomentose. Corolla 8-lobed; lobes divided to the base into 3 segments. Stamens 8, alternating with fimbriate staminodes. Fruit 1-seeded, ovoid berry, orange-red when ripe

Habit :

Large trees up to 35 m tall.

Trunkbark :
Bark dark grey, longitudinally fissured, lenticellate; blaze pink.
Branchlets :


Latex white.

Exudates :

Branchlets terete, puberulous when young, later glabrous.
Leaves :
Leaves simple, alternate, spiral; petiole 1-2.5 cm long, glabrous, terete and canaliculate towards apex; pubescent when young, later glabrous; lamina 7-14 x 2.5-7 cm, elliptic-oblong, apex shortly acuminate with blunt tip, base rounded or acute, margin sl
Flowers :

 

 

 

Flowers white, in axillary fascicles; pedicel up to 2 cm.

Fruit & seed :

Berry, ellipsoid, reddish-brown when ripe; seed one.

Diseases:

Anuradha Nakashtra rules over Bladder, Genitals, rectum, Nasal Bones, Bones near Genitals. Natives of this nakshatra are prone to Suppression of menses, constipation, sterility, piles, fracture of high bones, sore throat strictures, Anemia, unknown pain in bones, cough, acidity, cold, windy problem, gouts, arthritis and Skin problems.


Spiritual Solution and Rituals :

For Curing Such problems Spiritually native of Anuradha Nakashtra should do worshipping of Lord Krishna and Shiva with this Flowers daily and should do Meditation under this tree to get rid of sins and diseases after worshipping Lord Arunachaleshwara (Lord Shiva) in Annamalaiyar Temple, a Hindu temple dedicated to the deity Shiva, located at the base of Annamalai hills in the town of Thiruvannamalai in Tamil Nadu, India. As this tree is very much scared to Lord Shiva, as one of the names of Lord Shiva is too Bakula. Even it is said that women circumambulate the scared tree and tie a cradle to it they will be blessed with a male child. This nakshatra is associated with the Anuradha nakshatra and 2nd pada of Ashwini.

Ayurvedic Properties of Bakula:

Rasa (Taste) : Katu (Pungent), Kashaya (Astringent)

Guna (Qualities) :  Guru

Vipaka : Katu (Undergoes Pungent taste after digestion)

Veerya (Potency) : Sheeta

Karma (Actions) : Pitta-kapha shamaka ( It reduces vitiated Pitta and kapha dosha )
Madhura : sweet
Snigdha : unctuous, oily
Kashaya : astringent,
Vishada : clarity, non slimy
Hima : coolant
Hrudya : acts as cardiac tonic, congenial for heart
Dantya : good for teeth
Sangrahi : absorbent, useful in diarrhea, IBS
Vatala : increases Vata Dosha
Guru : heavy to digest

It is used in for conditions of :

Visha : Toxic conditions, poisoning
Shvitra : leucoderma, vitiligo
Krumi : worm infestation
Dantaroga : tooth decay

 

Medicinal Use:

Lotion prepared from the flowers is used to clear wounds and the ulcers and decoction of the bark helps in regenerating tissues at much greater rates and controls bleeding and cures excessive mucous secretion from the bladder and urethra.

 



Its Brak is a tonic to treat fevers and is used as mouthwash to protect gums and teeth. A paste of the roots mixed with vinegar is used for swelling on the Face, and a paste made with water is applied to pustular eruptions of the skin and regular chewing of the tender fruits strengthens the teeth.The seeds are used in the preparation of eye drops and antidotes and to treat bowel disorders and the oil extracted from the seed is applied to swelling of the joints, simply this tree is Ramban for Anuradha Nakashtra natives mental and physical diseases.

Bark decoction is used as gargle for toothache and over salivation. It is taken internally for fever. Seed ash is used to brush teeth which strengthen teeth and prevent cavities. Bark decoction is used for mouth ulcers, swellings, also to increase appetite and digestive power.




Flower and fruit decoction is used to wash chronic ulcers. Flower powder is snuffed for running nose. Paste of seed fried in ghee is applied over anus in case of constipation. Bark extract has the property to increase fertility. Fruit pulp is applied for snake bite and headache. Ripe fruits are eaten for easy delivery. Bark decoction is given internally for menstrual disorders and rheumatism. It is also used for venereal diseases. Seed paste is applied for toothache. Twigs are used as toothbrush to prevent tooth decay. Bark and leaf paste is applied for skin diseases and leprosy.

 

Crushed fruit is applied for toothache. Crushed bark decoction is used as gargle for wounds in gum, loose teeth, gum swelling and bleeding. 6 drops of dried flower powder dissolved in water is poured into nose for repeated headache and running nose. Fruit extract is used for migraine, headache, running nose and mental debility. Bark decoction is used for biliousness, phlegm, dysentery, blood discharge in urine and menstrual problems. Oil extracted from flowers is applied for mental disorders.

Bark decoction is recommended for rheumatism and fever. Leaf paste is applied for furuncles and scabies. Seed oil is applied for eye diseases and taken internally to expel worms.



Common Diseases Treatment : 

Bakul or Maulsari tree is a Very useful sacred Herb uses in Herbology and ayurvedic treatments of various common diseases. almost every part of its including, leaves, fruit, bark and flowers are used whereas The flowers, bark and fruits are highly recommended for common use.

Beneficial uses  of Bakula :

1. The bark is used as a tonic to reduce fever.

2. Leaves are mostly used as an antidote for snake-bite.

3. The pulp of the fruit is used in curing chronic dysentery.

4. Dried flowers powder is used as a brain tonic.

5. Seeds of the tree are an agent for purging the bowels. 

 
6. Powdered bark is used for curing Tingling sensation of teeth by Massaging it in gums.
7. The decoction of the bark is used for mouthwash Toothache, Tooth Decay, Gum Bleeding, Bad breath, Pyorrhea, Inflammation in the mouth.
8. Bark powder can be used in Toothache.
9. Tender twigs are used for Teeth cleaning and strengthening gums.

10.Unripe fruits are used as masticatory for tightening Loose teeth.11.Fruit pulp is used for Improving fertility in women.12. Ripe fruit can be used promoting delivery.
 

13. Leaf juice if taken twice daily with honey can help weak Eyesight.

14. Fruit pulp can be used for Chronic diarrhoea.

15. The dried flower powder is used for headache.

With thanks and Regards,
Rakesh Singh Jamwal
Source and Reference:
Living Easy With Ayurveda by Dr.B.K.Prashanth M.D (Ayu), Ph.D
Sacred Plants of India by By Nanditha Krishna
http://indiabiodiversity.org/species
http://www.flowersofindia.net
Wikipedia