Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia) - common through rural India, is a medicine par excellence for all fevers. The decoction of the stem of this creeper is taken. Eashwaramma started useing it after we told her, and now swears by it, and says that it works for Sasi, her grandson, when all other medicine fail. Her words convince the others in the village.
Bhunimba (Swerita chirata) leaf decoction is also a basic fever medicine.
pippaleem, vishvabhesajam', 'tender bilvam, jaggery, til oil, pippali,
dried ginger’ (from the 'Ashtanga Hrudaya' ayurvedic text) has
been very effective for dysentery.
Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus) root decoction is used to
treat bleeding piles, white discharge and anaemia. It was valued in
older times and has again entered local folklore, after
discharge got addressed by it.
Eye problems were sorted out with application of breast milk and castor oil. This was done when the eye was poked by a stick and there was a red spot in the eye as a result. and also for red, burning eyes. Drumstick leaf juice is also instilled in the eyes similarly.
coughs and cold and wheezing. Drops of this instilled in the nose
control nasal bleeding also.
For various aches vaata reducing leaves like kaanuga (Pongamia pinnata), tamarind, oomaththa, castor, gilledu (Calatropis gigantica) and drumstick have been used as a poultice or for fomentation by using the water in which they have been boiled.