Encyclopedia of Vedic Astrology: Remedies: Notable Herbs in Human Welfare, Chapter XV, Part – 17


Dr. Shanker Adawal

Methi / Fenugreek

The other names are Trigonella foenumgraeceum, Leguminosae, Leguminosae.

The part used are seeds. This is one of the oldest known medicinal herbs. It is bitter, pungent and sweet. It effects digestive, respiratory, urinary, and reproductive systems. It is stimulant, tonic, and expectorant, rejuvenative, aphrodisiac, and diuretic.

It is good herbal food for convalescence and debility, mainly of the nervous, respiratory, and reproductive systems. Methi traditionally used to counteract catarrh and phlegm, prevent fever, treat stomach and digestive disorder and regulate insulin in diabetes. In leucorrhoea the methi powder is used.

The paste of leaves is used in Indian homes in headache, burning sensation in feet, etc. A decoction of leaves is used in gargle in sore throat. The leaves are applied locally on boils, burns, and skin diseases. It increase milk flow and promote hair growth when used as gruel.

Ginger / Ardraka

The other names are Zingiber officinale, Zingiberaceae, Sunthi, Nagara (dry).

The platn is six to sixteen inches tall, and a good all round herb. It is pungent, sweet, and heating.

The part used are the rhizome. It has volatile oil known as zingerone, campene, phellandrene, cineol, borneol, citral, gingerol, and arid resin, starch 20 p.c.

It is stimulant, diaphoretic, antispasmodic, carminative, and emmenagogue. It is best and most sattvic of the spices.

Dried ginger is aromatic and carminative, produces a sensation of warmth internally and expels flatus, while fresh ginger is more used as a warming diaphoretic. It is given in colic, relaxed throat and to increase the saliva. When chewed fresh ginger is stomachic and digestive. The dry rhizome powder when made into a paste with warm water is used as fomentation to the forehead in headache, neuralgia, colic and toothache, also given in atonics dyspepsia, loss of appetite, to treat flatulence in colic diarrhea, chronic bronchial cough, palpitation of heart, dropsy, cholera, and timpanists, and corrective to nauseous medicines and to check griping of purgatives. With honey, ginger relives kapha, with rock candy it relives pitta, with rock salt it relives vata. The uses of ginger in digestive and respiratory disease are widely known.

Mint / Podina

The other names are Mentha spp., Labiatae, Peppermint, Spearmint and horsemint.

Then plant is an erect branched herb up to two and two & half feet tall, flowers small and leaves apex, two inches. The part used are herb, the leaves and flowers. It is pungent and slightly cooling. It used to treat bronchial disorders, cold and chest complaints, and as mild relaxant which helps to relax the body and clear the mind and senses giving it a wide popularity and usage.

It is stimulant, diaphoretic, carminative, nervine, analgesic.

Infusion of the leaves is used in rheumatic pains and indigestion. The dried leaves and flowering tops of the plant constitute the drug Peppermint. The drug is used in treatment of gas, flatulence, vomiting, diarrhea and nauseas. Bruised leaves are applied in headache and other pains.

The main use of this drug is for extraction of Peppermint oil, which contain menthol and is largely used in medicine for stomach disorders, in ointments for headache, rheumatic and other pains and in cough drops, inhalations, mouth washes, etc. The oil is also antiseptic. It is the most stimulating and the best to improve digestion. Spearmint is more relaxing and better in diuretic action i.e. for urinary inflammation. Horsemint is a stronger antispasmodic properties, but not all mints are cooling.


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