Wednesday 25 August 2021

What are Benefits and medicinal uses of Henna (Mehandi)?


                                                                                         Botanical Name: Lawsonia  Inermis

                                                                                         Indian Name: Mehndi

Origin, Distribution and composition 

                     Henna is a middle-sized shrub with many branches. It has small white or pinkish fragrant  flowers in large terminal bunches, and small round fruits. The trade name henna is based on the work hina which is the Arabic name of the drug. 

                     The plant occurs in several parts of India, chiefly in the drier parts of the peninsula, and is usually cultivated in hedges. It is also cultivated for commercial purposes in Punjab, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.

                       The leaves contain a glucoside colouring matter in hennotanic acid. On petroleum ether extraction, the seeds of the plant yield a viscous oil containing behenic, arachidic, stearic, palmitic, oleic and linoleic acids.

Healing Power and  Curative properties

                       The leaves have medicinal properties like arresting secretion or bleeding and preventing skin diseases. The bark and seeds  of the plant are used in Ayurvedic and Unani medicine.


                        The seeds of the henna plant are effective in the treatment of dysentery. They are powdered, mixed with ghee  and made into small balls of the size of a betel nut. It is also very helpful in this condition, when taken with water.

Liver Disorders

                         The bark of the plant is effective in the treatment of liver disorders like jaundice and enlargement of the liver. Either its powder is  used in 1.25 to 5 decigram does or its decoction  in 30 to 60 gram doses in the treatment of these disorders.


                         Henna helps in the treatment of baldness. Mustard oil boiled with henna leaves, promotes healthy growth of  hair. Two hundred and fifty grams of mustard oil is boiled in a tin basin. Sixty grams of leaves are gradually added to the oil and heated. The oil is then filtered through a cloth and stored in a bottle. Regular massage with this oil produces abundant hair.

Prickly Heat

                        Henna leaves are beneficial in the treatment of prickly heat. The leaves ground with water are applied over the affected area.


                        Henna flower cures headaches caused by the heat of the sun. The headache is relieved by a plaster made of henna flowers in vinegar and applied over the forehead.

Burning Sensation on the feet

                        A paste of the leaves is applied on the soles relieves in this condition.

Skin Diseases

                       Henna leaves are effective in the treatment of skin problems like boils and burns.They are locally applied on the affected area. Bruised leaves can be applied beneficially in rheumatic joints. inflammatory swellings,  bruises and leprosy.

Sore throats

                        A decoction of the leaves can be used as gargle, with beneficial results, in case of sore throat.

Women's Ailments

                        Pessaries or vaginal suppositories made of the leaves and seeds can be used beneficially in the treatment of excessive menstruation, vaginal discharges, and leucorrhoea, or excessive white discharges.

Other Uses

        Spermatorrhoea or Involuntary Ejaculation:

                       The juice of fresh leaves is beneficial, provided it is given in doses of 8 to 16 grams.

                       Henna is mainly used as a coloring agent. It is mixed with other natural dyes and is largely used as hair die and even for textiles. The oil obtained from its flowers is used in perfumery.

Monday 23 August 2021

What is Ispaghula?


                                                  Botanical Name: Plantago ouata

                                                                                           Indian Name: Ishabgul 

 Origin, Distribution and composition:

                                Ispaghula, also known as  spogel seeds, is an almost stemless small herb covered with dense and softy hairy growth. It has very narrow leaves and minute flowers in oval or cylindrical spikes. The upper half of its fruits opens like a lid and its seeds are boat shaped. The seeds of this plant, also known as fleaseeds, constitute the drug. 

                                  Ispaghula is indigenous to India, and has been used extensively in the Indian system of medicine from ancient times. It was prescribed by  ancient physicians as a cure for inflammatory and  functional derangement of the mucous membranes of the gastro- intestinal and genito- urinary system. 

                                   The seeds contain a large amount of mucilage and a small amount of holoside planteose. The seeds also show the presence of a number of amino acid in the combined  form, namely, valine, alanine, glycine, glutamic acid, cystine, lysine, leucine and tyrosine. Valine, alanine and glutamic acid are also found in there free form. The Ispaghula embryo oil has been reported to be a good source of linoleic acid.

Healing Power and Curative properties

                                    The medicinal properties of the seeds are largely due to the large amount of mucilage and albuminous matter present in them. The seeds are cooling and mildly laxative. They act as a diuretic and also have a soothing effect on the skin and mucous membranes.

                                    Ispaghula  husk (Ishabgul-ki-bhusi) is the dry seed-cover of the plant, obtained by crushing the seeds and separating the husk by winnowing. The husk has similar properties as the seeds. It has also the advantage of passing smoothly through alimentary canal without causing irritation. The husk can be taken dry and is easier to use than the whole seeds.


                                    Due to its soothing effect on the muoous membranes Ispaghula is used in constipation. The seeds should be soaked in water before use, which makes them disintegrate in the alimentary canal.The large amount of mucilage in the seeds binds and increase the mass of the stool, thus smoothening its passage. The action is, chiefly mechanical, rather than physiological. Two tablespoon of the seeds should be taken in milk or water in the condition. The seeds are particularly useful in chronic constipation characterized  by spams.


                                    Ispaghula seeds are a popular remedy for several kinds of chronic dysentery and diarrhea. In case of heaviness in the stomach and the intestines in dysentery, about 50 grams of castor oil should be administered with milk to ease out hard lumps of stools. When a few motions have cleared the intestines, 12 grams of ispaghula seeds mixed with about 100 grams of curd should be taken three to four times in the day.

                                    A mixture of 180 grams each of the seeds and sugar candy given three or four times a day is an effective remedy for slimy dysentery. For chronic diarrhea  and dysentery, the seeds can be taken either as a decoction or infusion of power with sugar.

Abdominal Pain

                                    Ispaghula is useful in treating frequent griping in the belly caused by stomach ulcers. The seeds with husk are soaked in water or milk for a few hours. The liquid in  strained and can be taken at night. The high mucilaginous content in the herb forms a covering inside the intestinal wall which protects the lining mucous and help in the healing of ulcers. Irritation and gripe will also decrease.


                                    Ispaghula seeds are one of the most effective remedies for piles. While the high mucilage content in this herb cures constipation, the rich tannin content cures inflammation and ulceration in the intestinal tract up to the  anus. This double action helps cure piles.


                                    The embryo oil of the seeds, having 50% linoleic acid, prevent arteriosclerosis. This oil is more active than safflower oil, and has been found to reduce the serum cholesterol level in the rabbits.


                                    Ispaghula is very useful in the treatment of gonorrhea because of its diuretic and soothing properties.

Whit low

                                    Ispaghula is effective remedy in whit low affecting the pulp of the finger trip with an abscess. About 12 grams of ispaghula should be soaked in 45 grams of vinegar and applied to the spot when the whole thing has swollen. The poultice-like mixture should be bandage with a clean cloth and water sprinkled over it. The bandage should be changed every 3 hours. The inflammation will subside within 3 days.


                                    An emollient poultice made of the seeds with vinegar and oil id  useful for rheumatism and gout.

Saturday 21 August 2021

What are benefits and medicinal uses of Bael Fruit?

                                           Bael Fruit

Botanical Name: Aegle marmelos

Other english name: Stone apple, Bengal quince

 Indian name: Bel or Siriphal


Origin, Distribution and composition:

                                   The Bael is a  large tree, 8 to 10 meters in height. It has a big stout trunk, unusual branches with long, straight outgrowth, aromatic leaves, sweet scented and greenish- white flowers. The fruit is woody and smooth, 5 to 15 cm in diameter. It has numerous seeds which are densely  covered with fibrous hair and are embedded in a thick aromatic pulp. The flesh eaten fresh or dried.

                            Bael tree is held scared by the Hindus. The History  of tree has been raced to Vedic Period (2000 B.C.-800 B.C.). The  mention of bael fruit has been made in Yajurveda . The bael tree has great mythological significance and abounds in the vicinity of temple. The leaves of tree are traditionally used a sacred offer into  of Lord Shiva, The god of health. Lord Shiva is believed to live in  under the bael tree. The bael tree is indigenous to Indian and is grown throughout the Sub- continent as well as most countries of South- east Asia.

                        An analysis of the bael fruit show that it consist of moisture 61.5%, protein 1.8%, Fat 0.3% minerals 1.7%, fiber 2.9% and Carbohydrates 31.8%.per 100 grams of edible portion. Its mineral and vitamin contents include calcium, phosphorus, iron, carotene, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin and vitamin C. Its calorific value is 137.

                  Several chemical constituents have been isolated and  identified from various parts of the bael tree. These include alkaloids, coumarins and steroids. The leaves contain skimianine, sterol and aegelin. The active constituent of the fruit is marmorosin. which is identical to imperatorin. Other coumarins contained in the fruits are altoimperatorin and B sitosterol. Roots of the tree have been found to contain psoralin, xanthotoxin, scopoletin and tembamide.

Healing Power and Curative Properties

The bael tree is one of the most useful medicinal plants of India. Its medicinal properties have been describe in the ancient medical treatise in Sanskrit, Charaka Samhita. All parts of this tree -stem, bark, root, leaves and fruit at the all stages of maturity -have medicinal virtues and have been used as medicine for a long time.

The fruit's  medicinal value is very high when it just begins to ripen. The fruit is aromatic, cooling and laxative. It arrests secretion and bleeding. The unripe pr half-ripe fruit is good for digestion. It is useful in preventing or curing scurvy. It also strengthens the stomach and promotes its action.


                           Ripe bael fruit is regarded as best of all laxatives. It cleans and tones up the intestines. Its regular use of 2 or 3 month  s throws  out even the old accumulated faecal matter. For best results, it should be taken in the form of sherbet, which is prepared from the pulp of the ripe fruit. After breaking the shell, the seeds are removed, with the contents spooned out and sieved. Milk and sugar are added to make it more palatable. The pulp of the ripe fruit can also be taken without the addition of milk or sugar. About  70 grams of the fruit will suffice for an adult. 

Diarrhoea and Dysentery

                                        The unripe or half-ripe fruit is perhaps the most effective remedy for chronic diarrhoea and dysentery  where there is no fever. Best results are obtained by the use of  dried bael or its  powder.The bael fruit, when it is still green, it sliced and dried in the sun. The dried bael slices are powered and preserved in airtight bottles. The unripe bael can also be baked and used with jaggery or brown sugar.

Peptic Ulcers

                                    An infusion of bael leaves in regarded as an effective remedy for peptic ulcer. The  leaves are soaked over night in water. This water is strained and taken in the morning. The pain and discomfort are relived when this treatment is continued for a few weeks. Bael leaves are rich in tannin which reduces in inflammation and help in the healing of ulcers. Bael fruit taken in the form of a  beverage also has great healing properties on account of its mucilage content. This forms a coating on the stomach mucosa and thus helps heal ulcer.

Ear Problems

                          The root of this tree is used as a home remedy for curing ear problems. A stiff piece of the root is dipped in neem oil and lighted. The oil that drips from the burning end is a highly effective medicine for ear problems. The antiseptic properties of neem combined with the astringent extract of bael root helps in curing infection, chronic inflammation and discharge.

Respiratory Disorders

                                A medicated oil prepared from bael leaves gives relief from recurrent colds and respiratory affections. The juice extracted from bael leaves is mixed with equal quantity of gingelly or sesame oil and heated thoroughly. A few seeds of black pepper and half  a teaspoon of black cumin are added to the heated oil. It is then removed from the fire and stored for use when necessary. A teaspoon of this oil should be massaged into the scalp before a head bath. Its regular use builds up resistance to colds and coughs. 


                             The ripe fruit should not be taken regularly at a stretch. When used without a break, it produces atony of the intestines or lack of normal elasticity and consequent flatulence in the abdomen. The bael fruit should also not be taken in excess at the time, and as excessive intake may produce a sensation of heaviness in the stomach.

                          The sherbet made of bael must not be very thin. It should be viscous so that it can be thoroughly chewed. It may produce heaviness in the stomach, if taken hurriedly. 

Friday 20 August 2021

What are Benefits and Medicinal Uses of Zizyphus (Ber)?


                                                        Botanical Name: Zizyphus jujuba

                                                        Indian Name: Ber 

Description and Composition

                        Zizyphus is one of the most hardy fruit trees. It is a small thorny evergreen tree, with vine-like branches and dark green leaves. It has egg-shaped fruit of orange or brown in colour, with edible acid pulp and hard central stone.

                        The fruit has two varieties- the wild one, called Jharberi, is small and round, while the cultivated fruit is oval, fleshy and bigger in size. It is sweeter compared to the smaller kind. 

                        An analysis of zizyphus shows it to consist of moisture 81.6 per cent, protein 0.8 per cent, fat 0.3 per cent, minerals 0.3 per cent, and carbohydrates 17.0 per cent per 100 grams. Its mineral and vitamin contents are calcium, phosphorus, iron, carotene, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin and vitamin C. It is calorific value is 74. Both the varieties of the fruit contain Zizyphic acid and tannins.

Healing power and Curative Properties 

                        The bark is useful in arresting secretion or bleeding. The fruit purifies the blood and aids digestion.

Mental Retardation

                           Zizyphic  is beneficial in the treatment of mental retardation.A handful of the dry fruit is boiled in half a litre of water till it is reduced to half. Sugar or Honey can be added to taste and given at night before retiring. It increases the functioning of the brain by releasing more glutamic acid into the bloodstream

Cold and Influenza 

                            Zizyphus is useful in preventing frequent attacks of colds and influenza. A teaspoon of the fresh juice of the fruit can be taken with a pinch of pepper once daily for preventing colds.

Stomach Disorders

                            The bark can be used for treating diarrhoea, dysentery and colic.The infusion of the recovery of the bark is used has  purgative in constipation. 


                            Fresh baked leaves are useful in piles. The leaves are baked by placing them over the covered mouth of a vessel with water boiling. The leaves are covered with another plate to prevent stream from escaping. Those baked leaves are pounded with sum castor oil. This warm poultice can be applied over the piles. The process should be repeated twice daily for a week.

Mouth Disorders

                            Infusion of the fresh and tender leaves, mixed with salt is a useful gargle for sore throat, relaxed uvula, inflammation of the mouth, bleeding from gums and cracked tongue due to excessive consumption of sour fruits.

Skin Disorders

                               A paste of the leaves and twigs can be applied with excellent results over boils, carbuncles and abcesses to promote suppuration. It can also be applied beneficially over painful boils and styes. This paste, mixed with a teaspoon of lime juice can be applied as a poultice in the treatment of scorpion sting. Infusion  of its leaves can be applied as a lotion to wash the wounds and other ulcers.


                                The leaves are valuable in treating conjunctivitis. An infusion of the leaves should be used as an eye  lotion.

Hair Disorders

                                The paste of the leaves applied over the scalp and hair can keep them clean and prevents scalp diseases. It also lengthen the hair besides darkening them.

Wednesday 18 August 2021

What are Benefits and medicinal uses of onion?




Origin, Distribution and composition 

                                   The onion is a Biennial herb, usually grown as an annul. All parts of onion produce strong odor when crushed. It has a superficial root system, a very short flattened stem at the base, which increases in diameter as it grows. Leave are long, linear and hollow. A bulb is formed by the thickening of the leaf base when the plant reaches a critical stage. The fruit is a spherical capsule.

                       Onion is one of the oldest cultivated herbs. It was a popular food in ancient Egypt, where it is depicted on tombs  as early as 3200 B.C. The Sanskrit word for onion is palandu which has been mentioned in the Garuda Purana. The great Indian sage, Maharishi Atreya and Lord Dhanwantri have  describe the use of onions in great detail.

                        Onion is believed to have originated  in Central Asia, possibly in the Iran-Pakistan region. It has been cultivated since ancient   times in the Middle East and India. Its area of cultivation include India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Burma, the Philippines, China, Egypt, west and East Africa, tropical  South and Central America  and the Caribbean.

                        Onion has been used as a herbal remedy from time immemorial. The physicians of ancient Egypt prescribed onions in various diseases. Dioscoredes  in the first century A.D attributed many herbal remedies to them. In 1835, the onion and milk diet was advocated for dropsy. In 1912, a French  physicians, Dr. Dalache published a comprehensive article on onion cure.   

                         It is high in food value, moderate in protein content and rich in calcium and riboflavin. There is considerable  variation in the composition between different  varieties, it also varies with the stage of majority and the length of storage. Matured onion approximately contain moisture 86.6%, Protein 1.2%, Fat 1.0%, Fibre 0.6%, Minerals  0.4% and carbohydrates 11.1%, Per 100 gm of edible portion. The carbohydrates principally  in the form of sugars. Its mineral and vitamin contents are calcium, Phosphorus,  iron, carotene, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, and vitamin 'C'. Its calorific value is 51.

                                    Onion contain an essential oil and organic sulphides. The scale of onion  contain catechol and protocatechuic acid. The odour in onion  is due to organic sulphur  compounds, is produced only when the tissues are cut or injured by enzyme action on a water-soluble amino acid. Heat or freeze-drying prevents the enzyme action, so that cooking produced  a different odour, flavour and pungency.

Healing power and curative properties:-

                                    Onion have great therapeutic value. They are stimulants and a mild counter-irritant. They have diuretic properties and promote the removal of catarrhal matter and phlegm from the bronchial tubes.

Respiratory Diseases:-

                                Onion has the property to liquify phlegm and  prevent its recurrence. It has been used as a herbal remedy for centuries in colds, coughs, bronchitis and influenza. Three to four teaspoons of onion juice and honey, mixed in equal proportion can be taken daily in treatment of these conditions. It is one of the safest preventive medicines against common cold during winter.


                            Though it has been known for many years that onion possessed some germicidal properties, recently two Italian doctors, E. Cuboin  and C. Moriandi found that the injection of its juice prevented the development of tuberculosis in animals in whom germs of tuberculosis were injected. Patients of tuberculosis have improved following adequate consumption of onions.


                           Onions are noted for their easily assimilable iron content. They are, therefore, beneficial in treating anaemia.

Heart Attack:-

                            Recent researches in the West have established onion as an effective preventive edible against heart-attack. This benefit is due to the presence of its essential oil, aliypropyl disulphide, catechol, protocatechuic acid thiopropiono aldehyde, thiocyanate, minerals and vitamins. 

                           Dr. N. RadhaKrishnan, principal of the Trivandrum Medical College, and Dr.K. Madhavan Kutty have established, after seven years of research, that to get rid of the disorders due to coronary disease or blood pressure, one should take 100 gm of onion per day. It assists the functioning of the heart by correcting thrombosis besides reducing blood cholesterol.


                            Onion is an effective remedy for cholera. About 30 grams of onion and 7 black peppers can be finely pounded and given to the patient. It allays thirst, restlessness and also lessens vomiting  and diarrhoea immediately. The addition of a little sugar to the recipe will increase its effectiveness.

Urinary Disorders:- 

                            Onions are highly beneficial in the treatment of the disorders of the urinary system. For burning sensation while passing urine, 6 grams of onion should be boiled in 500 grams of water. When the water is reduced to half, it should be cooled, strained and given to the patient. This relieves  the burning sensation. Onion grated with water on a stone slab and mixed with 60 grams of sugar, is effective in treating retention of urine; It brings about free urination within a short time.


                            Onion is very effective in bleeding piles. About 30 grams of onion should be finely ground on a slab with water and 60 grams of sugar added to it. Taken twice daily this brings relief within a few days.

Teeth Disorders:-

                            Latest research  by Russian doctors have confirmed the bactericidal properties of onion. According to these findings, a person consuming at least one raw onion every day after thorough  mastication, is protected from a host of teeth disorders. Chewing raw onion  for 3 minutes is sufficient to kill all germs in the mouth. Toothache is often alleviated  by placing a small piece of onion  on the affected  tooth or gum.

Skin Disorders:-

                            Onion is irritating to the skin and stimulates the circulation of blood in the mucous membranes. Warts sometimes disappear when rubbed with cut onions.

Ear Disorders:-

                            Cotton wool dipped in onion juice and put into the ear is a popular Russian Remedy for noises in the ears. Heated juice dropped in the ear relieves earache.


                            White onion is preferable to the red and yellow varieties. Onion should be taken with meals preferably raw, as fried or cooked onions are comparatively difficult to digest. For therapeutic purposes, it is advisable to use onion juice instead of the whole onion. Its being a stimulating and irritating food, one should avoid excess consumption.

other uses


                                Onion is one of the most important aphrodisiac foods, second only to garlic. It increases libido and strengthens the reproductory organs. The white variety of onion should be peeled off, crushed and fried in pure butter. This mixture acts as an excellent aphrodisiac tonic if taken regularly with a spoon of honey on an empty stomach.

                                The immature and mature bulbs are either eaten raw or cooked. They are used in soups and sauces and for seasoning many foods. Small white leaf bases-before the bulbs are formed-are eaten raw, by themselves or in salads.

Thursday 12 August 2021

What are Benefits and Medicinal uses of Spinach (Paalak)?

                    SPINACH (PAALAK)

            The spinach is the most popular leafy vegetables. It is cultivated on a large scale in almost every part of India. At present, it is the most esteemed green leafy vegetable.

                          Spinach is a bit pungent, sweet, digestible, cool, and dry. It stimulates peristalsis and is a mild laxative. It is easy to digest and assimilate. It has a satisfying quality. It is heavy and palatable. It eliminates cough, asthma and toxic elements.

Analysis of contents:
                         Spinach are contained 91.7% water, 1.9% Protein, 0.9% fat, 4.00% carbohydrates, 1.5% minerals, 0.06% calcium, 0.01% Phosphorus, 5 mg/100 gm Iron, 2600 to 3500 I.U/ 100 gm Vitamin 'A', 70 I.U to 100 gm Vitamin 'B', 48 mg/ 100 gm Vitamin'C'

                                Its also contains magnesium, sulphur, sodium, silicon and potassium in minute quantities.

                            The spinach is agreeable vegetable. It is often cooked as a green vegetables. Its soup also can be taken by boiling it. But its raw juice gives the maximum benefits of its contents.

                            As the iron of spinach is easy of digestion, it is employed as a food medicine in anaemia with satisfactory results. The minerals which spinach contains reduce acidity and bestow health. Its juice is diuretic. It allays bile-disorders. It is very effective against gynaecological diseases.

                     Spinach contains salts of oxalic acid in good proportion. Hence it is harmful to people likely to get kidney stone trouble. Therefore, they are advised  to make restricted use of spinach.

What are Benefits and Medicinal uses of Basil (Tulsi)?

                             BASIL (TULSI)

                Basil has been recognized as a medicine ever since the dawn of civilization. Its medicinal properties have made it so popular that people regard it with devotion and worship it. Basil has two varieties: Black and white. Black basil is considered to be superior to while basil in merit. On account of its multifarious properties, our ancient sages have given it a religious significance so that every Indian house might have a basil-plant grown near it. Basil plant grows only in India. It is part and parcel of India life.


            Basil is bitter, pungent, warm, fragrant, light, appetising and dry  in nature. It cures gas-trouble, cough, swelling, intestinal worms, vomiting, skin-diseases and kidney-disorders. It is good for the heart and the eyes. It expels intestinal worms. It is believed that the basil-plant emits one kind of gas which purifies  the polluted atmosphere around it.


            Take two or three spoonfuls of basil-juice either alone or mixed with some other palatable juice.


            Two or three spoonfuls of basil-juice taken on an empty stomach in the morning increases vitality and lustre of the body. It is a good nerve -tonic. It enhances the memory-power.

            Basil-juice kindles gastric fire. It is definitely effective against hyper-acidity, dysentery, colitis and other digestive disorders.

            A spoonful of basil and ginger-juice mixed with honey works as a good medicine for fever, cough and asthma.

            Basil-juice is a specific remedy for malaria. It allays cold, catarrh and headache. It has strengthening effects on the  kidneys. It  brings down the level of cholesterol in blood.

            Two drops of basil-juice put in the eyes twice a day bring good results in the treatment for night-blindness. Basil-juice if applied on the body cures allergy. A few drops of basil-juice are put  in the ear to treat any ear-trouble.

            A simple decoction prepared by boiling basil, ginger and green tea leaves in water is very delicious and nourishing one.

What are Benefits and Medicinal Uses of Tomatoes (Tamatar)?



The tomatoes is an excellent food for diabetics for those who desire to reduce their their weight.



                        The tomatoes is a native of South America. Sir Walter Raleigh brought it to Europe. It is said that it was introduced into India from Europe.


                        According to the Ayurveda, the tomato is light, lubricous ,warm, stimulant, appetiser, laxative and a remover of cough and windiness.

Analysis of Contents:

                        Tomatoes are contained   94.3% Water, 0.9% Protein, 0.4% Fat, 3.9%  Carbohydrates, 0.9% Minerals, 100 I.U./100 gm Vitamin ‘A’, 39 mg/100 gm Vitamin ‘C’.

                         The tomato contains some  Vitamin 'B1' and Vitamin 'B2'. The minerals contained in the  tomato include Calcium, Phosphorus, Sulphur, Potassium, Magnesium, Chlorine, Sodium, Iron and iodine. It also contains citric, phosphoric and malic acids which purify the blood.

                          The tomato is rich in vitamin 'A'. Five small tomatoes are sufficient to supply necessary vitamin 'A' for a day.Weight for weight tomatoes contain more vitamin 'A' than butter. It is remarkable that the vitamin 'C' content contained in the tomato is not quickly destroyed because it is protected by  the acid it contains. The vitamin 'C' content of the tomato increases as it ripens. Only ripe tomatoes contain vitamin 'B2'. Only 150 ml of tomato juice supplies one-third of vitamin 'C' necessary for a day. For children, tomato-juice is better than orange-juice.


                                     Tomatoes are widely used as salad. Tomato-juice is taken as soft drink. Soup can also be prepared after boiling tomatoes. Some honey, date or  jaggery can be added to tomato-juice to make it a palatable drink.


                    As the tomato has a very low carbohydrates content, it is a very good food for diabetic patients and for those who want to reduce their body weight.

                            Tomato juice cleanses the stomach and the intestines. It is also useful in kidney disorders. It removes indigestion, gas and constipation. It gives relief in liver-diseases. As the iron of the tomato is easily digestible, it is completely absorbed in the body. Hence tomato-juice is very important for anaemic patients. Tomato soup can be given also in fever.

                             There is a reference that in Guy’s Hospital at London, patients suffering from eye-troubles and weakness were cured by tomato-juice. In ‘The Cancer Hospital’ at  New York  the patients are given tomatoes and tomato-juice

Wednesday 11 August 2021

What are Beneficial and medicinal uses of Sweet Lemon?


                        Sweet Lemon


“The juice of sweet lemon increases vitality and resistance against diseases.”

                                                                                                     -Dr. Kularanjan Mukerji






                            The sweet lemon, one of the most delicious fruits, is known to all. In India the sweet lemon is one of the most popular fruits. It is considered indispensable in illness. The sweet lemon with thin rind possesses valuable nutrients. It belongs to lemon genus.


                            The sweet lemon is sweet, delicious and cool. It quenches thirst. It is refreshing and heavy. It promotes virility. It is somewhat constipating. It is effective in windiness, biliousness, cough, vomiting, dehydration, blood impurities and dyspepsia. Alkaline elements contained in the sweet lemon reduce acidity of the stomach. Its juice increases vitality and resistance power against diseases.


Analysis of contents

                              Sweet melon contained: 84.6% water, 1.5% protein, 1.0% fat, 10.9% carbohydrates, 0.09% calcium, 0.02% phosphorus, 26 I.U. / 100 gm vitamin A, 0.3 mg/100 gm Iron, 63 mg/ 100 gm vitamin C.


                            Chewing sweet lemon cleanses and strengthens the teeth. Its fibrous elements are useful in removing constipation. However to get the maximum benefit of its properties, its juice should be taken. Juice can easily be extracted from it with the help of a hand- juicer. Those who are easily affected by cold should warm the juice a bit before taking it or add two spoonful of ginger juice.


                      In fever, when any other food is prohibited, sweet- lemon-juice proves to be a boon, providing nourishment to the body. Sweet lemon- juice allays acidity and is an excellent appetiser. It rapidly normalises the impaired digestion.

How to cure Cancer by Grapes (Angoor)?

                   Grapes Cure Cancer


                A number of experiments  conducted in America to detect any anti-cancer properties of grapes have yielded better than expected results.

                Here is an amazing examples of Mrs. Johanna Brandt who conquered cancer with the grape-fruit diet. This is a living evidence which proves that even woman has firm determination and strong will.

                At her young age, Mrs. Johanna Brandt suddenly developed severe abdominal pain. In the beginning, she restored to domestic remedies and later to modern medicines. But there was no improvement. She was taken to the hospital for further tests. At the end of all different types of tests, the doctors diagnosed the disease as cancer. Johanna and all the members of her family were stuck with grief and fear.

                The doctors advised Johanna to undergo an operation. But Johanna had formally met the persons in whom the cancer had worsened after the operation. She was also aware of the futility of the treatment of cancer by medicines and radiotherapy . So she firmly refused to undergo the customary treatment.

            Johanna had come across a book ‘Fasting Cure’ by Dr. Upton Sinclair. This book inspired her to follow nature-cure. She did multiple short fasts at home. She took food at intervals and resumed fasting. The battle for life lasted for nine years. During every fast, tumour stopped growing but did not totally disappear. After nine years, again an X-ray was taken. It showed that the tumour had been divided into two parts. Doctors advised her to immediately undergo an operation. But Johanna Brandt refused again. She continued fasting. Fasting could check the growth of the tumour but the unbearable abdominal pain continued. Three more years passed in this way.

             Afterwards purely for the sake of an experiment, she began to take grapes alone. This diet proved miraculous. The abdominal pain vanished within a week. Johanna got rid of her cancer just within six weeks. Now there was no trace of tumour in X-ray report. The doctors just could not believe what they saw. After that Mrs. Brandt successfully carried out this grape-juice experiment on a number of patients.

            On the basis of her experience, Mrs. Johanna has written an interesting book  ‘The Grape Cure’. The book has been received warmly by laymen and critics alike and has run into many editions.

Tuesday 10 August 2021

What are Benefits and Medicinal uses of Rejuvenation By Thick Buttermilk


                           Rejuvenation By Thick Buttermilk


What is Rejuvenation Thick  Buttermilk?

                                           Many expert dieticians consider thick buttermilk (matha) to be more effective than milk or curd in certain ailments. Thick buttermilk has a special significance as it is light and easy for digestion. It is called the nectar of the earth. It has no equal in rejuvenating the body by expelling harmful elements from it.

                           The properties and effects of buttermilk vary in proportion to quality of milk of which it is made. If one desires to get oneself rejuvenated by thick buttermilk, one should use only the milk of cow. A mixture of three-fourths of curd with one-fourth of water makes a delicious thick buttermilk. The sour curd should not be used for preparing buttermilk. For treatment, thick buttermilk should be prepared three to four times from fresh curd every day.

                            There is a clear reference in ‘Bhavaprakash, the famous ancient book of medicine, that one who takes thick buttermilk in prescribed manner never loses one’s health.

                               According to the Ayurveda thick (cow) buttermilk is delicious, light and warm. It kindles gastric fire. It is sweet and digestive. It eliminates all the three principal systemic disturbances i.e. ‘vata, ‘pitta’ and ‘cough'. It helps to digest fried items, sweets and other heavy items.

                            Thick buttermilk made of skimmed-milk is nearly devoid of fat. Other contents of thick buttermilk are as follows:

                            Protein about 3.2 to 3.4 per cent, Lactose about 4.6 to 5.2 per cent, Lactic acid about 0.5 to 1.1 per cent, Calcium about 0.12 to 0.14 per cent, Phosphorus about 0.09 to 0.1 per cent, Iron about 0.2 to 0.3 per cent.

                             It also contains magnesium, potassium, sodium, chlorine, sulphur and other salts in small proportion. It contains Vitamin ‘B2’ 30 mg/100 gm and Vitamin ‘A’ in a small quantity.

 The method of taking thick buttermilk for rejuvenation:

                                   The method of taking thick buttermilk for rejuvenation is the same as that of taking milk. If taking milk for rejuvenation does not suit one, one can take thick buttermilk instead. It should be well remembered that thick buttermilk should not be sour.

                          One who takes up thick buttermilk for rejuvenation in order to maintain health and to allay minor disorders need not do any preplanning. One can begin the regimen of thick buttermilk after observing fast or juice-fast for two to three days.

             However, in cases of chronic diseases, the patient can preplan to get the maximum benefits out of the regimen of thick buttermilk. First of all, the patient should resort to nature-cure to check the disease. Then he should get his body cleansed by observing fast or juice-fast for about four days. He should begin taking thick buttermilk on the fifth day. As per the chart given below, thick buttermilk should be taken every two hours.


Day                 Quantity of thick buttermilk                 How many               Total quantity                                                to be taken                        times?                           of thick                                                                                                                                        buttermilk

First                               25 ml                                           7 times                   175 ml

Second                           50 ml                                           7 times                    350 ml             

Third                              75 ml                                           7 times                     525 ml

Fourth                            100 ml                                         7 times                     700 ml

Fifth                               125 ml                                         7 times                      875 ml

Sixth                              150 ml                                         7 times                     1050 ml



                             From the 7th day onwards, thick buttermilk should be taken at the intervals of one and half hours instead of 2 hours.


Day                    Quantity of thick buttermilk               How many              Total  quantity                                                to be taken                               times ?                    of thick                                                                                                                                       buttermilk 

                                                                                                                                                  Seventh                          150 ml                                          9 times                         1350 ml

Eighth                            175 ml                                          9 times                         1575 ml


 And                     200 ml                                          9 times                          1800 ml




                         From the eleventh day thick buttermilk should be taken at the interval of one hour.


Day                     Quantity of thick buttermilk                How many         Total quantity                                            to be taken                                     time?                    of thick


                                                                                                                  Eleventh                   200 ml                                          12 times                      2400 ml

Twelfth                      250 ml                                          12 times                      3600 ml

Thirteenth                 300 ml                                           12 times                      3600 ml

From the fourteenth day, the patient should take thick  buttermilk  at the interval of every three quarters of an hour and sixteen times a day. Thick buttermilk should not be taken in noon times. This order should continue at least for 30 days. Some experts advise to continue the regimen for even more days.

            Start should be made by taking the first dose in the morning at 7. Buttermilk should be taken till 7 in the evening. Neither sugar nor salt should be added to it for taste. Adjustments in quantity, if circumstances warrant, may be undertaken.


The conclusion of the regimen of thick buttermilk:

            The patient  take thick buttermilk six times (only for the first half of the day) on the day when the regimen is to be concluded. In the afternoon, he should take fruits or vegetables or whole fruits containing minimum quantity of fibres. The same quantity of thick buttermilk should be taken on the second day, but in the noon, he should take fruits and steamed vegetables. On the third day, he should take thick buttermilk in the morning, at noon in the evening-three times only. He should take fruits or steamed vegetables during the intervals. From the fourth day he should begin talking a small quantity of cooked food. Gradually he should come back, to normal diet.


            During the regimen of thick buttermilk, it is possible that one may suffer from minor ailments like swelling of gums, body ache, constipation or diarrohea. The patient need not worry about these disorders. Something, the patient feels feverish during the regimen of thick buttermilk. In such cases he should stop taking thick buttermilk for a day or two and observe fasting. When temperature becomes normal, he should resume taking the regimen. During the regimen, there is an increase in the amount of perspiration and urine. It is natural. The patient need not worry about it.


Disease in which thick buttermilk regimen is useful:

            Physicians are of the opinion that there is no remedy superior to thick buttermilk for the cure of abdominal disorders and dysentery. Thick buttermilk vitalises, strengthens and activates the digestive organs.

            Moreover, the efficacy of the regimen of thick buttermilk in skin-diseases, piles, dropsy, asthma, arthritis, diabetes and other disease has been well established.

            In short, thick buttermilk is a simple and harmless remedy for cleaning the body, expelling hostile elements from the body and the rejuvenation of the body.