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Hemidesmus Indicus Roots

Alterative, tonic, demulcent, disphoretic and diuretic

Available in whole or powder form

Common names: Indian Sarasaparilla, anantamul, Nannari, Suganpala.

Hemidesmus indicus root is an excellent substitute for sarsaparilla, and much used among the natives, being sold in the bazaars for this purpose. Hemidesmus indicus is employed particularly for the thrush in children, giving about a drachm every morning and evening of the powder fried in butter. Dried and reduced to powder Hemidesmus indicus and mixed with honey, it is reckoned a good specific in rheumatic pains and boils; and, in decoction with onions and cocoanut-oil, is internally recommended in haemorrhoids, and simply bruised and mixed with water in diarrhoea. Ainslie states that the root is mucilaginous and slightly bitter, and is recommended by the Tamool doctors in cases of strangury and gravel, being pulverised and mixed with cow's milk; they also give it in decoction with cummin-seeds to purify the blood and correct the acrimony of the bile. A decoction of Hemidesmus indicus is also prescribed by European practitioners in cutaneous diseases, scrofula, and venereal affections. Dr O'Shaughnessy repeatedly experimented upon the roots, and found their diuretic properties very remarkable. Two ounces infused in a pint of water, and allowed to cool, was the quantity usually employed daily; and by such doses the discharge of urine was generally trebled or quadrupled. Hemidesmus indicus also acted as a diaphoretic and tonic, greatly increasing the appetite. Dr Pereira says the root is brownish externally, and has a peculiar aromatic odour, somewhat like that of sassafras. Hemidesmus indicus has been employed as a cheap and efficacious substitute for sarsaparilla in cachectic diseases, increasing the appetite and improving the health. In some cases Hemidesmus indicus has succeeded where sarsaparilla has failed.

Indigofera Tinctoria Leaves

Stimulant, alterative, deobstruent, purgative, antiseptic & astringent dye

Available in whole or powder form

Common Names: True Indigo, Dyers Indigo, Neela, Neeli, Avari.

Indigo was originally made from two plants; Woad, Isatis tinctoria, a native of Greece and Italy, and Indigo, Indigofera tinctoria, a native of India. Color changes to greenish yellow in alkaline medium. The product is entirely herbal and safe on the skin and has medical properties. Indigofera tinctoria is used as dye on all types of yarn and fabrics. Indigo is among the oldest dyes to be used for textile dyeing and printing in many Asian countries. India is believed to be the oldest center of indigo dyeing. Natural indigo was the only source of the dye until about 1900. Major use of indigo finds in the textile industry where it is used as blue dye to color blue jeans and other natural fabrics. Over one billion pairs of jeans around the world are dyed blue with indigo. For many years indigo was used to produce deep navy blue colors on wool. The process of dyeing cotton, wool & silk is almost same. The process is like that of vat dyes. The dye has to be dissolved in reduced state, then oxidized to get the shade blue. The Indigo Leaves are used to make hair dye as well as prepare medicated hair oil.

Lagestromia Speciosa Leaves

Anti-diabetic

Available in whole or powder form

Common Names: Banaba

Lagestromia speciosa (Banana) is a medicinal plant that grows in India. Traditional uses include brewing tea from the leaves as a treatment for diabetes and hyperglycemia (elevated blood sugar). The hypoglycemic (blood sugar lowering) effect of Lagestromia speciosa (Banana) leaf extract is similar to that of insulin – which induces glucose transport from the blood into body cells. Balances blood sugar Promotes healthy insulin levels. Controls appetite and food craving (especially carbohydrate cravings) .Promotes weight loss

Mamordica Charantia Fruit

Tonic, stomachic, stimulant, emetic, antibilious, laxative, alterative, anthelmintic, Anti-betic (diabetes mellitus)
Available in whole or powder form

Common Names: Bitter Gourd, Karela, Hagal-kayi, Pavakka.

Momordica charantia (Karela) is an herb know world wide for its well-known results in diabetes mellitus. A wonder of nature is that, Momordica charantia is not only beneficial in diabetes mellitus but is also very beneficial in many other disorders that have been troubling mankind, A commonly grown everywhere herb of India. Momordica charantia is generally found in places, which are damp and wet. It is a creeper and it climbs on other trees for supports. Generally whole plat is used but some people in India also uses outer layer of the fruit. This exotic herb is ushan virya in potency, and possess laghu (light) and ruksh (dry) properties. Momordica charantia possesses tickt and katu rasa. Combination of these properties makes it the real natures wonder. Due to combination of these properties it makes Momordica charantia a magic potion for diseases. Momordica charantia’s chemical constituents are lectin, charatin and momordicine. It also contains a polypeptide named gurmarin, which is similar to insulin in composition. Exact action is still unknown but it is well established that regular use of Momordica charantia has very good results in diseases like diabetes etc.