Sunday, 1 June 2014

Treating locally ...

... we need to take back control of health into our hands - from the corporate, and sometimes even from the state as far as possible. We have also used various ayurvedic preparations in the village. Locally available herbs. Growing wild. Potent.


•    Palleru (Tribulus terrestris) and paalpindaaku (Aerva lanata) decoctions have worked very well for urinary problems and urinary stones.


•     Thippa theega (Tinospora cordifloria) is effective for many fevers. Bhunimba (Swerita chirata), a basic fever medicine is also available in the fields. 


•    Bilvam (Aegle marmelos) used as ‘baala vilvam, gudam, tailam, pippaleem, visvabhesajam’, ‘tender bilvam, jaggery,til oil, pippali, dried ginger’ (from the ‘Ashtanga Hrudaya’ ayurvedic text) has been very effective for dysentery.


•    Goat’s milk cured many dysentery conditions


•    Eye problems were sorted out with application of breast milk and castor oil.


•    Salava gaddalu (Asparagus racemosus) was used to treat piles, anaemia, white discharge and many other complaints for many people. 


•    Aadathoda vasica was useful for treating coughs and cold and wheezing. 


•    Thunga gadda (Cynodon dactylon) was very useful for processing cow’s milk for a child who did not have access to breast milk. 


•    For various aches vaatahara (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. 



•    When all the children had scabies  pplication of a paste of turmeric, neem and triphala cured it. When small boils appeared all over my daughter I bathed her with water in which neem leaves had been boiled and then applied nalpamaradi tailam. 

 
These are all mentioned in the ayurvedic texts, and many are also locally understood similarly.

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