Sunday, 4 September 2016

Medicinal plants around the home, around the village - Shatavari

Salava gaddalu – Asparagus racemosus (L), 
Shatavari (H), 
Thaneer vittan kizhangu (Tml),                          
Shatavari (S)

As we go down the bed of our seasonal stream we find this feathery creeper going over the thorny bushes. As we search and dig out the roots, sometimes we a bunch of roots, sometimes even get two feet roots. In summers the plant is dried up, but in the rains it regenerated.

It was traditionally known as a medicinal plant, but people lost the practice. In ayurveda it is a medicine of great value. And based on those details  people have restarted using it.

The milk decoction (by adding crushed peices of the root in a mixture on one glass of milk and one glass of water and boiling it till all the water evaporates) is taken. In families where the milk is unaffordable, just a decoction in water is taken.

Bleeding piles, excess menstrual bleeding and vaginal white discharge are addressed by this decoction. Eashwaramma used it first on Dr. Girija's advice, to address her white discharge and anaemia. She benefitted substantially. After that many other women have used it for their menstrual complaints. Simhadri uses it when he has an episode of bleeding piles and recovers well.  A diet without  hot and sour items is advised till the patient recovers from his complaints.

Eashwaramma says that this works better than all the purchased ayurvedic medicines ! That is as per the ayurvedic text - that drugs growing wild are always far more potent.

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