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Benefits of Nirgundi And Its Side Effects

Nirgundi also known as the five-leaved chaste tree is used popularly in Ayurveda, Unani, Sidhdha, Homeopathy and Allopathy to treat a number of ailments. It is effective in treating headaches, venereal diseases such as syphilis, rheumatism, sprains, fever, cough, urinary problems, boils and various other ailments. Nirgundi is an effective analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-catarrhal and appetiser among many other attributes that benefit us to stay healthy and recover from various illness.

Benefits of Nirgundi And Its Side Effects

Table of Content

Nirgundi
Nutritional Value of Nirgundi
Health Benefits of Nirgundi
Analgesic and Anti-inflammatory
Improves Fertility Levels
Treating Skin Diseases
Control PMS
Helps in Digestion
Ease Respiratory System
Treats Menopausal Symptoms
Anti-acne
Heals Wounds
Uses of Nirgundi
Side-Effects & Allergies of Nirgundi
Cultivation of Nirgundi

Nirgundi

Nirgundi is a common ingredient in various healing sciences. Indigenous to India nirgundi is an evergreen tree that is now also found growing in Bangladesh, China, Sri Lanka, Japan and Phillipines. The ancient Romans named it the five-leaved chaste tree as it worked to reduce sexual urges and hence got linked to chastity and loyalty. The wives of the Roman soldiers used to spread the leaves of this plant on their bed for this reason when their husbands were away. The leaves, oil extracted from the leaves, fruit as well as the roots of the nirgundi tree are used for a range of health benefits. The scientific name of nirgundi is Vitex negundo.

Nutritional Value of Nirgundi

Health Benefits of Nirgundi

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Nirgundi
Health Benefits of Nirgundi

Analgesic and Anti-inflammatory

Nirgundi works well to provide relief from pain. It reduces pain and inflammation of the muscles and the joints caused due to injury as well as internal ailments. It works well to heal fractures too. Ulcers can treated by consuming nirgundi products as well.

Improves Fertility Levels

Fertility is a major concern for many women. It not only limits a person’s health and bodily functions but also her emotions and her social conditions. It has been seen that consuming nirgundi has improved the fertility levels in many women and helped them conceive.

Treating Skin Diseases

A range of skin diseases can be treated using nirgundi. Vitiligo, leuchoderma and leprosy are treated using thus plant and its products.

Control PMS

Women often experience severe emotional, mental and physical turmoil in the days before they start menstruating. Symptoms of PMS such as anxiety, depression and fluid retention can be dealt more smoothly with nirgundi. On a regular consumption a person may also heal completely and not have any further symptoms of PMS.

Helps in Digestion

Nirgundi is an excellent remedy for digestive disorders. It helps to strengthen and improve the functioning of the digestive system. It reduces gas formation and increases appetite. The plant extracts acts effectively in stomach pain caused due to problems in digestion and swelling of the belly for the formation of gas. It cleanses the digestive system.

Ease Respiratory System

Using nirgundi as an herbal tea helps decongest the respiratory tract by removing phlegm from it. This helps open passages for air to pass improving the ventilation and normalises the breathing. This attribute of nirgundi makes it a favoured ingredient in Ayurvedic products which targets respiratory diseases such as bronchitis, asthma and pneumonia.

Treats Menopausal Symptoms

Menopause is a physically and emotionally disturbing phase for a lot of women. The body undergoes a significant change after a certain age and a woman stops menstruating. This change occurs due to the change in the hormonal balance in a woman’s body. Nirgundi promotes progesterone secretion and hence aids in the transition process and prevents its side effects such as mood swings, vaginal dryness and hot flashes.

Anti-acne

Acne is a serious concern for a lot of people. Pimples break out at any time and not only are they ugly but also painful. PMS causes acne and pimples in a lot of women. It has been seen that nirgundi has a healing effect on acne caused due to hormonal changes.

Heals Wounds

The anti-bacterial, analgesic and anti-inflammatory property of nirgundi makes it an excellent ingredient for healing wounds. It prevents the wounds from getting infected and also helps avoid bad smell. It helps reduce pain and inflammation in the affected area.

Uses of Nirgundi

Nirgundi is an extremely beneficial plant. It not only has medicinal benefits but also various others uses like keeping its dried leaves in between clothes that are stored for a long period of time prevents insects from damaging them, also burning the leaves of this plant works as an extremely effective mosquito repellent. The leaves of nirgundi are used as bio pesticides and insecticides. The chemicals used to ward away pests and insects are bad for the environmental as well as human health and it is always better to use natural alternatives to these.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Nirgundi

Nirgundi has a string of side effects and problems attached to its consumption, especially in women. Its ability to regulate hormone secretions makes it a bad option for pregnant women. It interferes with oral contraceptives and may reduce its efficacy. Nirgundi alters the functioning of the heart and should be taken under medical supervision if a person suffers from any heart ailments. There might be alterations in the menstrual flow and might also trigger allergies. It has also been seen that lactating women have faced alteration in the amount of milk production. Though it has a controversy around the nature of the change it is definite that a change does take place. The common side effects of consuming nirgundi are dry mouth, headache, nausea, stomach upset, tachycardia and urticaria. These effects have been seen to be mild, reversible and occur in a small number of cases.

Cultivation of Nirgundi

Popular Questions & Answers

M feeling back pain and upper hip pain and left and right waist. But it got increased in one day when I traveled 6 hours journey from bus. M getting difficulty to walk.

MD, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine & Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Pune
Hot fomentation with hot water bag may relieve pain. Apply Nirgundi oil prior to the fomentation but if there is swelling or fever please consult any Ayurveda Consultant. You may apply Rumalaya oil (by Himalaya) thrice a day for pain relief.
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Hi. I'm 26 years old I have lower back pain since 2 month and with severe muscle spasm and vitamin d level is 10. please help me what to do now the lower back is jerking and cray report shows spasm the pain is not radiating.

ICR Study, M. B. S.(H)
Homeopath, Mumbai
Mr. lybrate-user this back pain continous for last 2 months seems to be stress related Apart from the general measures (of hot fermentation ,and exercise and supplements) you consult homoeopath or video call so that suggest you approprite homoeopathic medicine that will take care overall.

Hi, While wake up in morning I feel extremely weakness in my both the legs. I have a stressed working environment from 9 am to 9 pm daily. Please suggest how to get rid of this weakness. I have no addiction. Weakness observed from my Hip to toe. please help.

MBBS, MD Psychiatry, DPM Psychological Medicine
Psychiatrist, Kolkata
Hi Mr. lybrate-user. I are facing excessive work related stress. To get rid of this you can do yoga/morning physical exercises daily. Indian stretching yoga like Padmasana, bajrasana, Ardhakurmasana, chakraSana etc are very much effective to reduce stress. Along with you can do breathing exercise. Sleep good. Take adequate water n fresh fruits, green vegetables. Do not bring your work at home. Make friends n share your feelings with family members. Do something for others. Hope you will feel good. Thanks.
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I am 49 year old software person and last two week I am suffering from left knee pain and right heel pai, we have not to use any allopathic medicines. So please suggest some ointment and oral pills as soon as possible. Vijay.

B.A.M.S
Ayurveda, Ahmedabad
Dear Lybrate user, do gental Abhyanga (massage) with Bala + Nirgundi oil. - Take steam after masage for 5 mins with warm cloth. - Do regular Yoga, Pranayamas 15-20 mins. - Take healthy seasonal diet. -Skip curd, Sprouts and fermantrated food in diet.

Which medicine best for uric acid my uric acid is 7.9 I am 45 year old. Pl suggest treatment.

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), MD - Ayurveda, PG Diploma in Yoga Vignana
Ayurveda, Hyderabad
Use Himalayas Punarnava 1 cap trice a day, himalayas guduchi 2 tabs trice a day and Kaishore guggulu 2 tabs trice a day .all the medecines after food with water. You can get these medecines at any ayurvedic medical store. Also stop eating all sorts of non vegetarian diet, legumes, pulses and green leafy vegetables for a couple of months, that should help.
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Popular Health Tips

Arthritis & Spondylytis - Home Remedies At Your Rescue!

BAMS
Ayurveda, Navi Mumbai
Arthritis & Spondylytis - Home Remedies At Your Rescue!

Ayurveda is based on the philosophy that health is a result of the balance between three basic elements in the body, also known as tridoshas. These are Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. The imbalance between these leads to various diseases. Arthritis and spondylitis, both being bone issues, is due to the formation of a substance known as ‘ama’ which are a kind of toxins. The theory behind treating joint issues is to rid the body of ama. This is done by a combination of diet, massage, and home remedies which can help control severity and progression of symptoms.

Home remedies:
Regular detoxifying the body using ginger and/or black pepper with the meal goes a long way in detoxifying the body, which also eliminates ama from the body.

  1. A tablespoon of turmeric can be boiled in milk and consumed daily
  2. Avoid foods which can induce constipation. This can be by increasing the number of fibres and reducing processed and refined foods like maida.
  3. Include herbs which have great healing powers and have been used over centuries
  4. Store water overnight in a copper vessel and drink it in the morning. The trace minerals which get absorbed do wonders for your joints.
  5. Castor oil, either a spoonful or mixed with warm milk helps in curing arthritis and spondylitis pains.
  6. Nutritional changes like the use of aloe vera and amla juices are very beneficial for the joints. These are rich in vitamin C and help build immunity too.
  7. Supplements like bone support capsules and calcium complex have traces of essential micronutrients which improves overall bone health and immunity. They are useful in controlling pain from arthritis and spondylitis.
  8. Herbs like guggul, ashwagandha, ginger, and nirgundi oil are also used since ages to help reduce bone pain.

Whole body massage using herbal oils and/or powders is greatly beneficial for reducing pain and stiffness and improving mobility. These massage movements and the powders and/or oils also help improve blood circulation and lymphatic draining, so toxins are removed and circulation is enhanced.

Panchakarma is another detox method, which includes a combination of diet and lifestyle changes. This may take about 60 to 90 days for one session but is highly rewarding.

Most yoga asanas are aimed at improving metabolism and agility. There is no asana which can add to the pain if done carefully. Under supervision, learn simple yoga asanas which can be done without damaging the already affected joint. Not only would pain and stiffness reduce, the range of motion also would gradually increase.

Arthritis is inevitable, but the above can definitely help arrest progression and reduce the severity of symptoms.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Back Pain - How Ayurveda Can Help You Treat It?

PGDHM, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine & Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Jamnagar
Back Pain - How Ayurveda Can Help You Treat It?

A painful, common condition that affects the lower part of the spine is termed as back pain. It is mostly caused by strain (muscle injury) or sprain (ligament injury). Some other causes include poor posture, improper lifting, fracture, infrequent exercise, arthritis or a ruptured disk. Usually, pain in the lower back is the only symptom.

Conventional treatment for back pain often includes

  1. Traction
  2. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
  3. Weight control

If these treatments fail, then the only option left is surgery. Either discectomy (surgical procedure to relieve pressure in the disc by removing the gel-like substance in the disc) or foraminotomy (surgical procedure to expand the gaps through which the nerves pass) is performed.

However, conventional therapy usually has side-effects and only manages to suppress the problem, not cure it. If you seek a cure, Ayurveda is an excellent option. Usually, Ayurvedic remedies are non-invasive, natural and can be arranged at home.

Here are some great Ayurvedic treatments:

  1. According to the principles of Ayurveda, imbalance in the doshas can lead to problems in the body. The goal of Ayurveda is to balance the doshas and heal the body from the inside. So a lot of Ayurvedic treatments comprise of foods that need to be consumed for the body to heal. For example, you can blend wheat, coriander powder, khuskhus powder and milk together, boil it for twenty minutes and then consume it at room temperature. This will relieve your pain.
  2. Another thing you can do is fry garlic in coconut oil and then use the oil to massage over the affected areas on your back.
  3. To restore the damaged dosha, daily purgation is suggested.
  4. Practicing Yoga can go a long way in managing your pain as well. In Ayurveda, pain is seen as a result of exerting yourself too much, either emotionally or physically. If your spine needs strength, your mind must be strong first of all. So, firstly, your mind needs balance before you can focus on the affected areas. When doing Yoga, start with easy postures such as backbends. Consult a yoga therapist or teacher before you start doing any yoga posture.
  5. Panchkarma therapies like Kati basti, Anuvasan basti, niruha basti, special Ayurveda tail abhyanga (message), steam with Ayurvedaic Aushadh like nirgundi patra , rasna, eranda mula etc. will give you great and permanent results. Also, Patrapinda swedan will also help in relieving pain.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Fistula-in-Ano - Understanding The Ayurvedic Perspective On It!

Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicine & Surgery (BAMS), Certificate In Ksharsutra Therapy
Ayurveda, Himatnagar
Fistula-in-Ano - Understanding The Ayurvedic Perspective On It!

Ayurveda takes a holistic approach to treat any disease. It aims to treat fistula-in-ano with a combination of herbs, good lifestyle, healthy diet etc. Ayurveda suggests that fistula occurs due to the disparity of the 3 doshas. The treatment aims at balancing the doshas and healing the condition from within without any side effects.

What is anal fistula?
Anal fistula is an opening other than the normal opening of the anus. Most people face oozing of stool and pus from the other opening. The surrounding area of the anus becomes painful and tender. If the opening closes for a few days, the pus gets trapped leading to fever and abscess. It is, therefore, important to get rid of the mucus and the pus completely and heal the fistula. In case of multiple openings, modern medicine suggests surgery to get rid of the situation. Ayurveda on the other hand, uses oils, herbs, and other such non-inflammatory means to cure the condition.

Digestive fire from the Ayurvedic viewpoint:
Digestion only happens smoothly when the Jatharagni/Agni is strong. With natural food and supplements and herbs it is entirely possible to balance the digestive fire. Raw fruits, vegetables, and nuts are the ideal diet to heal this condition. Some foods to avoid to ensure that the aggravation of fistula doesn’t take place include aerated drinks, processed foods, milk and milk related products. The herbs that are prescribed by the Ayurvedic practitioner should be continued for at least 3-6 months.

Ayurvedic treatment for fistula-inano:
Ayurveda has a very precise dosage of herbs mentioned in the ancient books. It is suggested that two tablespoons of Triphala Guggul and 1 tablespoon of Vara Churna should be consumed daily, twice a day, Nirgundi oil should be applied locally every day and 2 tablespoons of curcumin should be consumed daily.

  1. Triphala Guggul: This formulation consists of two very important herbs- Guggul and Triphala. Both these herbs helps the body’s defence mechanism. This formulation is anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial in nature. Both the herbs help in toning the gastrointestinal tract, streamline the flow of bile and aids the intestine to effectively eradicate bodily waste.
  2. Vara Churna: Vara Churna is a formulation that contains several herbs such as amalaki, bibhitaka, haritaki etc. This formulation helps clean the colon and strengthen the GIT. This formulation is effective for vata, kapha, and pitta. Vara Churna is extremely effective for rectifying constipation, aiding blood circulation improving liver function and balancing the blood pressure.
  3. Nirgundi Oil: This oil is made up from the herb Nigundo. This herb is pungent, bitter and astringent in flavour. It is a natural antibiotic and is an anti-inflammatory. This oil can relax the muscles, reduce congestion and pain.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Paralyses - Can Ayurveda Treat It?

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Valsad
Paralyses - Can Ayurveda Treat It?

Facial paralysis is when there is a loss of voluntary movement of the face on one or both sides. The following are the most common causes of facial paralysis.

  • Bell’s palsy, the most common cause of facial paralysis
  • Stroke is another major cause of facial paralysis, could be combined with right side arm/leg paralysis
  • Tumours, affecting the facial region can exert pressure on the nerves and lead to paralysis
  • Infections such as herpes zoster infections cause paralysis

Symptoms:

  1. Difficulty in speech, eating and drinking
  2. Closing eyelids, movement, and expressions become difficult
  3. Loss of sensation, which may be temporary or permanent

Ayurveda believes in not just correcting the paralysis but improving overall health so that there is no recurrence and other areas are also prevented from being affected. According to it, increased vata causes paralysis and so treatment includes correction of it plus prevention of vata accumulation through diet and lifestyle changes.

Dietary and lifestyle changes:

  1. Avoid cold and sour foods like curd, buttermilk, ice creams, cold foods like cucumber, banana, watermelons, etc.
  2. Avoid fermented foods as they aggravate Vata
  3. Reduce or avoid pulses like dal as they can worsen gas accumulation
  4. Substitute rice with wheat
  5. Substitute cow’s milk with buffalo milk
  6. Avoid smoking and alcohol completely
  7. Diet must be easily digestible and simple with lot of green leafy vegetables
  8. Avoid foods which can cause constipation

Ayurvedic remedies:

  1. Beejband or country mallow: This has nerve stimulating properties and so useful in paralysis of any sort
  2. Kali Mirch or black pepper: Used as a water gargle, it is beneficial in correcting paralysis
  3. Lavanga or cloves: People with Bell’s palsy were given water to which some drops of clove oil were added, and they showed remarkable benefits.
  4. Mulethi or licorice: This is proven to be effective in stopping the progression of paralysis. People with Bell’s palsy, in whom there was involuntary tearing, had a stoppage of the symptom.
  5. Ashwagandha capsules: They treat paralysis and also reduce anxiety and stress and depression. It helps by calming and rejuvenating the entire nervous system. It also helps control muscle and joint pains and reduces stiffness. It also helps control insomnia and allows for improved blood pressure.
  6. Curcumin: This is very beneficial in Bell's palsy patients. With its rich antioxidant content, it reduces free radical release and helps control inflammation and reduces oxidative stress.
  7. Nirgundi oil: It also cures the imbalance between Vata and Kapha in the body. Massaging with this oil heals injured facial muscles and nerves and improves paralysis. It also eliminates toxins and prevents greying of hair. Its anti-inflammatory properties provide relief from inflammation and pain.

Pranayam, meditation is sure useful in this condition. Do start asanas, slowly begin with surynamaskar. Along with this, one can take Shastrokta medicine, that are-- 1. Ekangvir Ras vati 1 or 2 bd + Maharasnadi kashay ghan vati 2+2 during the day.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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How To Get Rid Of Ache And Pain With Help Of Ayurveda?

Diploma in Hospital Administration, Post Graduate Diploma in Healthcare Management (P.G.D.H.M), Diploma in Herbal Beauty Therapy & Cosmotology, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Mumbai
How To Get Rid Of Ache And Pain With Help Of Ayurveda?

It’s not just painful but also very irritating to have that odd neck, back, knee or any other muscular pain. Just sitting and waiting for the pain to go is something that we just cannot do. We want instant relief! Some of us wonder how we even got this pain. Asking around we find answers such as an incorrect posture of the body, too much of physical stress on a particular muscle or staying still in one position for a long time. Right, long working hours sitting in front of a computer.

  • Ayurveda dives a bit deeper to find out the cause of muscular pain. According to Ayurveda, the muscle pain is caused by collection of harmful toxins in a particular area of the body which blocks the smooth transportation of essential nutrients, which leads to the aggravation of the “Vata” element in the body and causing muscular pain. There is no exception to any age group from this pain.
  • Once again, body, diet and health, are all inter- linked. Ayurveda says a prominent way to avoid muscular pain is our diet. Cheese, cakes, meat, processed food, caffeine are strictly to be avoided by Ayurveda. This is because these kinds of foods dry up the muscles making them stiff and causing pain.
  • If a person experiences muscular pain, Ayurveda has natural and chemical free methods to manage the pain. The main method is the practice of Abhyanga. It includes the application of oil all over the body, and massaging the areas where pain is experienced gently. This improves blood circulation with the nutrients needed all over the body. The heating properties of the oil stimulate the same.
  • At Dr. Vaidya’s, we have innovative products which help in prevention and management of muscular pain. One of them is the evergreen super popular, Rumox Balm. Rumox balm is a special Ayurvedic formulation that has an anti-inflammatory properties and an analgesic effect. Apart from treating swelling and muscular pain, it also provides relief from all types of arthritic pain.
  • Another product tried by thousands of our loyal customers is Sandhivati, which is a strong formulation for treatment of arthritis. Composed of Maharasnadi Quath Ghan powder and Mahayograj Guggul powder, this product is used for effective treatment of muscular, joint and arthritic pain.
  • We also have special herbal massage oil called Nirgundi Oil, a formulation of Til Oil, Castor Oil, Sarsav Oil and Nirgundi Extract. It is to be gently applied over the pain affected area.
  • We have a range over thirty products that include your daily use products such as Herbodanty, medicine for cold, cough, shampoo etc. Our in-house doctor, Dr. (Mrs.) Surya Bhagwati (BAMS, DHA, DHHCM, and DHBTC) can help you build your Ayurveda knowledge and help diagnose any medical issues you may be suffering from. Following our founder, Dr.Natoobhai Vaidya. Legacy we continue to offer free consultation to all our patients. We strive to be one of the best Ayurvedic Clinics in Mumbai while following his beliefs of providing high quality medicine, superior customer care and to be dedicated to our patients welfare.

Table of Content

Nirgundi
Nutritional Value of Nirgundi
Health Benefits of Nirgundi
Analgesic and Anti-inflammatory
Improves Fertility Levels
Treating Skin Diseases
Control PMS
Helps in Digestion
Ease Respiratory System
Treats Menopausal Symptoms
Anti-acne
Heals Wounds
Uses of Nirgundi
Side-Effects & Allergies of Nirgundi
Cultivation of Nirgundi