Gudhal (Hibiscus) is an evergreen shrub with immense medicinal value. The dark green leaves of the Gudhal plant, its root, and large flowers — especially red Hibiscus — are widely used in Ayurveda as well as Chinese medicine.
The scientific name of Gudhal is Hibiscus rosa sinensis.
The Hibiscus species belong to the Malvaceae family. These species are native to China. Hibiscus is grown as an ornamental plant in gardens and houses in India, China, and several other tropical and sub-tropical regions of the world.
It is known as ‘Gudhal’ in Hindi, ‘Japa Pushpa’ in Sanskrit; ‘Semparuthi’, ‘Gul-e-Gurhal’, and ‘Jabha’, etc. in other languages. The flowers of the plant are called Chinese hibiscus, China rose, Hawaiian hibiscus, or Shoe flower.
The most popularly grown Gudhal or Hibiscus plant bears red-coloured flowers, which holds many proven medicinal properties. These flowers can also be found in other colours like orange, pink, yellow, peach, and white. They are edible and are consumed in different ways, particularly in the form of tea extracts or with buttermilk in summers.
The medicinal value of Gudhal or Hibiscus has been explained in ancient Ayurvedic texts. In modern times, a research has confirmed that Hibiscus has abundant and beneficial amounts of Vitamin C, antioxidants, flavonoids, anthocyanin pigment, pectin, cyanidin diglucoside, carotene, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, malic acid, linolenic acid, and ascorbic acid.
|S. No.||Herb Used||Latin Name||Part Used||QTY|
|1.||Gudhal||Hibiscus rosa-sinensis||Flowers||100 gm|
HEALTH BENEFITS OF GUDHAL CHURNA
Gudhal Churna is an excellent herbal product, with a wide-range of health benefits resulting from the medicinal properties of the Gudhal plant. The use of the churna is recommended for controlling a number of disorders affecting different parts of the body.
Some of the most significant health benefits of Gudhal Churna are:
Managing Pitta Disorders
Gudhal or Hibiscus flowers are known for their ability to pacify the body’s Pitta (heat) dosha because these flowers are cold in potency. The diseases resulting from aggravated Pitta can be effectively managed with the help of Gudhal Churna. More specifically, the churna has properties to manage bleeding disorders, enhance the functioning of the heart, lower the blood pressure, treat pimples and other skin problems, treat insomnia, and manage urinary disorders.
Gudhal has the natural capability to pacify the Pitta in the blood and to increase the levels of iron in the body. Hence, Gudhal Churna is an excellent product for the management of Anaemia — a disorder in which lack of iron can lead to a fall in haemoglobin level in the blood.
Relief From Skin Disorders
The use of Gudhal Churna is very beneficial in relieving some of the most common skin problems which can cause swollen skin, itching/burning, or trigger the break out of acne and pimples. The anti-inflammatory properties of Gudhal give the Gudhal Churna, the ability to soothe the skin and make it healthier.
Improves Hair health
Gudhal can stimulate the circulation of blood to the scalp and increase the supply of essential nutrients to the hair follicles, keeping the hair healthy. Gudhal Churna has the capability to promote the hair growth and check excessive loss of hair resulting from the heat trapped under the skin. It can also prevent premature greying of the hair.
Balances The Hormones Naturally
Gudhal Churna is a remarkable herbal formulation for menopausal women because Gudhal possesses hormone-balancing properties. The Churna can relieve menopausal problems like mood swings, hot flushes, depression, and mental weakness.
Cooling Effect On The Body
Gudhal can have a cooling effect on the body. It has astringent and diuretic properties which cools down the liver and eliminate hot bile from the gall bladder. The high level of antioxidants in Gudhal is specifically beneficial because it enhances the ability of Gudhal Churna to reduce low-grade systemic inflammation caused by lymphatic congestion.
Regulating The Blood Pressure
Gudhal is considered a time-tested remedy for managing high blood pressure because it can improve circulation of blood in the body and detoxify the liver. Gudhal Churna has blood-thinning capabilities and diuretic actions, that can neutralize the heat in the body and lower the high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels.
The cooling and astringent properties of Gudhal give it the ability to improve the metabolism of the body. Due to improved metabolism, Gudhal Churna is an excellent herbal product for managing heat-related stomach problems. It brings the appetite to natural levels, and leads to weight loss.
GUDHAL AND AYURVEDA
According to Ayurveda, Gudhal or Hibiscus flowers are madhura (sweet) and kashayam (astringent), and have raksha stambaka (anti-haemorrhagic) properties. The other qualities of Gudhal are ‘laghu’ (light for digestion) and ‘rooksha’ (dry in nature).
They have a ‘Sheeta’ (cold) potency, alongwith the ‘Kaphapitta shamaka’ actions — that is, the capability to reduce aggravated Kapha and Pitta doshas of the body.
Several classical texts have explained the Garbhanirodhaka (anti-implantation) and Pramehaghna (anti-diabetic) abilities of Gudhal. The texts have also described how the flowers, leaves and root of Gudhal or Hibiscus can effectively manage a number of health conditions, including Jvara (fever) and Indralupta Nashana (Alopecia areata).
The use of Gudhal or Hibiscus flowers is specifically beneficial in managing heart and nerve disorders, regulating blood pressure, treating gynaecological conditions like leucorrhoea and painful menstruation, treating urinary disorders, managing skin problems like acne, enhancing immunity of the body, and treating hair problems like hair loss, premature greying of the hair, dandruff, itchy scalp, and Alopecia aerta.
- Product Type: Herbal Powder
- Product Quantity (In gms): 100 gms
Gudhal Churna is a herbal formulation, prepared from natural ingredients. It does not contain any chemicals, preservatives, starch, yeast, artificial colours, additives, binders, or fillers.
Dosage: 1 teaspoon twice a day after meals or as directed by the physician.
CONTRAINDICATIONS AND SIDE EFFECTS
It must be noted that the use of Gudhal Churna should be avoided by women when they are trying to conceive a baby, or when they are pregnant.
There are no known side effects with this herb if consumed in the prescribed dosage. But care should be taken to consume this herbal medicine in the prescribed dosage.