Health benefits of Moringa or drumstick is eulogised in texts of ayurveda. Moringa seeds, leaves , fruit and oil have various uses. Fruits and leaves of this tree is used in various recipes.
Moringa has a Botanical name Moringa oleifera. It belongs to moringaceae family. It is known as Sahajin or Munaga in hindi, Murungai in tamil, munagakayi in telugu, nuggekaayi in kannada and Drumsticks or Moringa in English.
Moringa or Drumsticks and Ayurveda
Ayurveda acharyas eulogise this plant with various Sanskrit Synonyms based on its medicinal uses.
Shobhanjana – Very auspicious tree
Shigru – has strong, piercing qualities
Teekshnagandha – Strong and pungent odor
Aksheeva – relieves intoxication
Mochaka – helps to cure diseases
Ayurveda Medicinal properties of Moringa
Drumstick is known as “shobhanjana” or “shigru” in ayurveda. The texts of ayurveda explain many medicinal properties of this plant. The verses quoted in ayurvedic texts are given here.
Shigruhu saraha katuhu paake teekshnoushno madhuro laghuhu | Deepanaha rochano rookshaha ksharastiktho vidahakrut ||
According to principles of ayurveda the moringa or drumstick has katu rasa or pungent taste and tikta rasa or bitter taste. It is hot in potency. It is light to digest (laghu) and imparts dryness to tissues (rooksha) . It has strong piercing qualities (teekshna) which spreads quickly in body. Moringa vitiates pitta and alleviates vata and kapha.
Ayurveda Health Benefits of Drumsticks or Moringa
Parts used: Drumstick’s root bark, stem bark, leaves, fruits and seeds are used for therapeutic purposes. They have their own unique medicinal qualities.
Ayurveda acharyas explain health benefits of this plant as follows.
Chakshushyama shigrujam beejam teekshnoshnam vishanashanam |
Avrishyam kapahavataghnam tannasyena shiroarthihatam ||
Moringa seeds are not for erectile dysfunction (Avrishyam ):
Ayurveda acharyas say that Seeds of drumstick can reduce potency of men. They are not aphrodisiac and do not help in erectile dysfunction. Hence Ayurveda acharyas do not recommend this in conditions like erectile dysfunction and low sperm count and low sperm motility.
Moringa seeds for eye health (Chakshushyam) :
The seeds of this plant help to boost health of eye. Kajal is popular in India. It is applied like eye liner to enhance beauty of eyes and also used for medicinal purpose. Kajal prepared from the seeds of shigru or drumstick is used in many diseases of eye. Studies show that drumstick has excellent anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. Hence application of this helps to reduce swelling of eyes and prevent eye infections.
Drumstick seeds to nullify poison (Vishanashanm):
Texts of ayurveda recommend use of drumstick seeds when a person is poisoned. Botonists appreciate the antioxidant properties of drumstick seeds and leaves. Hence they detoxify body and expel toxins. It is a good ayurveda detox herb.
Balances Kapha and Vata (Kaphavataghnam) :
Drumstick seeds alleviates vata and kapha. Hence oil prepared from these seeds is used in ayurvedic treatments for paralysis and nervine disorders.
Relieves Headache (Shiroarthihatam) :
Dried and finely powdered seeds of drumstick are very effective in headaches. They have to be inhaled during nasyakarma.
Other Uses of Moringa in Ayurveda
Moringa has analgesic effect. It reduces pain of joints and muscles. Hence it is used in various pain relieving ayurvedic oils.
Because of its anti inflammatory properties moringa paste is applied over inflamed part. This is known as Shothaghna Lepa. It relieves pain, swelling and redness.
Decoction of drumstick parts has wound healing properties. This decoction is used in washing wounds.
Can Drumstick or moringa be used in Pregnancy ?
Drumstick fruit is store house of nutrients. It is rich in protein, vitamins, minerals and anti oxidants. Only fruit can be used in pregnancy. It is a strict no for leaves, flowers, bark and root during pregnancy as they may cause uterine contractions.
Drumstick or moringa to increase sperm count:
Recent researches have shown that drumstick fruit has medicinal property to increase sperm count and motility. But moringa leaves are not so effective in boosting male fertility. Ayurveda never recommends this herb to increase fertility in males.
Side Effects of Moringa or Drumstick.
Due to its sharp properties it increases burning sensation in body. This should not be used by people who have gastric ulcers or very sensitive stomach.
Women should not use this during menstruation as it vitiates rakta or blood and pitta. It is not recommended even in bleeding disorders.
Other side effects
- Never use roots and extracts of drumstick plant. This can cause paralysis and death.
- Drumstick plant parts should not be consumed during pregnancy as they may cause uterine contractions.
- Use of drumstick fruits and leaves are not advisable in lactating mothers.
- Persons suffering from kidney problems should not include drumstick in their diet.
- If you are using drumstick for the first time, eat in small quantities. Some people may develop severe allergic reactions after consuming fruit and leaves of this plant.
- Consult a qualified ayurvedic physician before using this plant’s parts as medicine.
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