Health benefits of Sugarcane or Ikshu or Saccharum officinarum are explained in ayurveda. It is beneficial in male infertility, jaundice, sexual weakness etc.
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Sugarcane in Ayurveda
SugarCane is known as Ikshu in ayurveda . Its juice and roots are used for medicinal purpose. Usually juice of Sugar cane and decoction of sugar cane root are used in various health conditions
Botanical Description of – Saccharum officinarum (Sugar Cane)
BOTONICAL NAME : Saccharum officinarum
FAMILY: Poaceae, or grass family
STRUCTURE: The cane plant is a coarse growing member of the grass family with juice or sap high in sugar content. This tropical plant is ready in 11-18 months
Stem :The mature stems may vary from 4 to 12 feet or more The stem has joints or nodes as in other grasses. These range from 4 to 10 inches apart along the aboveground section of the stem. At each node a broad leaf rises which consists of a sheaf or base and the leaf blade.
Leaf :The leaf blade is very long and narrow, varying in width from 1 to 3 inches and up to 5 feet or more in length. Also, at each node along the stem is a bud, protected under the leaf sheath.
CHEMICAL COMPOSITION : Contains sugar, water, calcium alkaloid, albumin
Ayurveda Description of Ikshu -Sugar Cane
SANSKRIT NAMES :
Ikshu, Dheerghacchada, Bhurirasa, Asipatra, Madhutruna, Gudamula
AYURVEDA MEDICINAL PROPERTIES OF SUGARCANE
Guna :- guru, snigdha :
Rasa or taste:-
Sugar Cane has madhura rasa or sweet taste. Because of this it pacifies vata and pitta. But increases kapha which ultimately lead to weight gain.
Veerya or Potency
This herb is of sheeta veerya or cold potency. It acts as a body coolant.
Vipaka after digestion taste:-
It has sweet taste even after digestion.
Ayurveda health benefits of sugarcane
Sugarcane or Ikshu or Saccharum officinarum plant has acquired numerous sanskrit names for its sweetness and appearance. Our Ayurveda acharyas praise the medicinal properties , uses and health benefits of Sugarcane as follows.
Texts of ayurveda explaine benefits of sugar cane as follows.
Ikshu is sweet to taste (madhura rasa). The sweet taste remains even after digestion in stomach. It is heavy to digest (guru) and improves moistness and stickiness of tissues (snigdha) .It has cold potency or acts as body coolant. It balances vata and pitta, but increases kapha
Sugarcane juice for sperm count , motility (vrushya) and Erectile Dysfunction
As sugarcane juice has sweet, heavy and cooling properties it increases shukra dhatu. Shukra dhatu is needed for male fertility. When shukra dhatu increases it increases sperm count, sperm motility. Healthy shukra dhatu helps to reduce erectile dysfunction and impotence.
Sugarcane is praised by ayurveda acharyas for its properties which support to improve male fertility and male sexual health. It acts as an aphrodisiac and increases libido, increases sperm count and sperm motility . This can be used in oligospermia. It also helps in rectifying erectile dysfunction. It is one of the vajikarana foods.
Other Health Benefits of Sugar Cane
Normalises Rakta dhatu (blood) and pitta (Raktapittaghna)
Sugarcane has the properties of normalizing imbalanced rakta or blood and pitta (bile). It rejuvenates liver. Because of this property it is widely used in treating jaundice. It is, however, very essential that the juice, must be clean and devoid of micro organisms.
Increases body strength and energy (Balya):
The sugar cane juice instantly energizes our body and provides strength. Sugar cane is rich in iron and carbohydrates. Hence it boosts energy straight away.
In cough and cold (Kaphapradaha):
Since it energises body it is recommended in common cold and cough. It increases kapha and helps in expectoration of it in cough.
In uti and cystitis (Mutrala):
Sugarcane is recommended for persons who suffer from cystitis and uti. It soothes inflamed tissues and eases the flow of urine. It acts as a diuretic and helps in detoxifying kidneys.
Sugarcane juice and sperm count – benefits for men
• The juiciest and sweetest sugarcane is the tropical green sugar cane.
• It strengthens stomach, kidneys, heart, eyes, brain and sex organs.
• The sugarcane can be used as simple energizer and protein supplement in infectious fevers.
• It acts as an instant energizer and supplies body with instant glucose.Sugarcane is rich in iron and carbohydrate.
• Sugarcane juice mixed with lemon and ginger juice helps in easy flow of urine
• Pure sugarcane juice which is devoid of micro organisms is very beneficial in jaundice.
• Chewing sugarcane and sucking its juice help to strengthen the teeth and gums.
• People who are under weight are benefited by this. This helps to gain healthy weight
Health Benefits of Sugar Cane Juice
The juice of sugarcane exhibits laxative properties. It normalizes bowel movement and relieves constipation. Sugarcane juice is heavy to digest and boosts moisture level of tissues. Regular consumption of this juice increases body bulk. Cane juice increases kapha and acts as diuretic. It is aphrodisiac and helps in conditions like erectile dysfunction, low sperm count and low sperm motility. Ayurveda acharyas recommend this sweet liquid in diseases which arise due to vitiation of rakta (blood) and pitta.
Sugarcane juice also increases lactation in nursing mothers. It helps in relieving constipation.
It is always advisable to use clean and fresh sugarcane juice. In ashtanga hridaya, Acharya Vaghbhata strictly advises not to use the stale sugarcane juice. The sugar cane juice extracted from healthy canes has high medicinal value. The sugar cane juice which is stale, extracted from insect infested canes, contaminated with dust and mud should be discarded. Contaminated sugarcane juice causes indigestion, diseases and constipation
Fresh pure sugarcane juice is rich in natural sugars and minerals. It is an instant energizer and provides strength to body. Its medicinal properties get enhanced when mixed with juices of lemon and ginger. It helps to clean the kidneys and eases urine flow in conditions like cystitis, Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH) and urinary tract infections.
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