Nagbala is a useful tropical plant which has been used as a medicinal agent since time immortal, for treating several diseases. It is a flowering plant which is considered as an Ayurvedic herb because of its immense medicinal value. It grows as a shrub or a small tree — with brown-colored, coarse and hairy branches — in mixed deciduous and dry evergreen forests. An abundant growth of the Nagbala plant can usually be seen along the side of the field ridges in the rainy season.
The Nagbala plant is found in countries like India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand. The plant grows to a height of around 80-90 cm, spreading on the ground with several branches. It has extremely strong root and stem, which do not break easily. The plant spreads on the ground in a zigzag, snake-like manner, because of which it is called Nagbala in Sanskrit.
The Latin name of Nagbala is Grewia hirsute; while its English name is Veronicalolia. The plant belongs to the Tiliaceae family.
Besides Nagbala, the plant is also called Gudasharkara, Gaurakshandula, Khargandha, Chatupala, Mahapatra, and Mahashala in Sanskrit. Some of the vernacular names of Nagbala are: Kukurbicha, Kakarundah or Gulshakari in Hindi, Kulo or Sonaranga in Oriya; Tavida in Tamil; Bidarchipura in Telegu; Govali in Bengali; Gangeran in Punjabi; Kakerundehrumi in Urdu; Kamefetusa in Arabic; and Karafasrumi in Persian.
The chemical constituents of Nagbala include Amyrin, B-amyrine, serine, Proline, and Phenylalanine, among other chemicals. The plant also contains glycosides, lignanes, triterpenoids, flavonoids, steroids, phenolics, alkaloids, saponins, tannins, and organic acids.
Nagbala is known for its aphrodisiac, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-acidic, anti-viral, expectorant, astringent, antipyretic, demulcent, diuretic, carminative and rejuvenative properties. It is considered an excellent cardiac tonic, brain tonic and nervine tonic. It can keep the heart and brain healthy, and is also useful in treating blood disorders and digestive problems.
|S. No.||Herb Used||Latin Name||Quantity|
|1.||Nagbala||Grewia hirsuta||100 gm|
HEALTH BENEFITS OF NAGBALA POWDER
The use of Nagbala powder has a number of health benefits because the powder is enriched with the goodness of the Nagbala herb. Various parts of the Nagbala herb — its root, fruit, twigs, and leaves — have proven medicinal significance because of which the herb is widely used in the preparation of several Ayurvedic formulations since olden times.
Some of the key uses of the different parts of Nagbala are:
- The use of root and fruits of Nagbala is beneficial in treating acute diarrhea, dysentery, and difficulties linked to urination
- The roots and leaves of Nagbala, crushed with sugar, is a beneficial prescription for Spermatorrhoea
- In Unani medicine, the root of Nagbala is used for managing cholera, piles, hydrophobia, and kidney pain
- The juice of Nagbala fruit is beneficial for treating indigestion
- The extract of crushed twigs of Nagbala can provide relief from stomach ache
- The leaves of Nagbala are useful in treating eye and nose disorders, splenic enlargement, joint pain, breast pain, and rheumatism
- The paste of Nagbala roots is applied topically for treating wounds and cuts, and the paste of Nagbala leaves is applied on boils.
Nagbala powder comes with all the medicinal advantages of the potent Ayurvedic herb. The powder has proven properties to offer the following health benefits to the users:
- Maintaining a healthy functioning of the brain
- Managing neurological disorders
- Promoting a healthy heart function
- Treating cough and bronchial asthma
- Treating respiratory problems
- Supporting the digestive process
- Treating Gastritis and constipation
- Curing Leucorrhoea
- Treating Menorrhagia
- Checking excessive bleeding after abortion
- Treating bleeding disorders like nasal bleeding and Ulcerative colitis
- Managing inflammation
- Treating Erectile Dysfunction
- Treating malarial fever
- Providing benefits in Hemorrhoids
- Restoring body weight and maintaining the strength of the body
- Providing general pathology benefits and treating muscle disorders
- Managing conditions like ulcer, unconsciousness, leprosy, and blood disorders
- Balancing the Vata and Pitta doshas.
Overall, the use of Nagbala powder has a lot of health benefits, because of which it is considered an immensely useful alternative medicine for managing a number of mild as well as severe disorders in a safe and natural way. People suffering from the above-indicated disorders can benefit from Nagbala powder by using the powder under the guidance and recommendation of an experienced Ayurveda expert.
NAGBALA AND AYURVEDA
According to Ayurveda, Nagbala has the ability to regulate the Vata (air) and Pitta (Agni or heat) of the body, and is therefore said to be a Vata-Pitta shamak.
Ayurvedic texts have described the properties of Nagbala as follows: Its Rasa (Taste) is Madhura (sweet); its Guna (Qualities) are Guru (heaviness), Snighda (oily), and Picchila (slimmy); its Vipaka (Taste after digestion) is Madhura (sweet): and its Veerya (Potency) is Sheeta (coolant).
The effect of Nagbala on the body’s doshas is that it can balance the Vata and Pitta doshas. The Prabhava (effect) of Nagbala is like a ‘Rasayana’ — it has beneficial anti-aging actions and can promote cell and tissue rejuvenation.
The properties of Nagbala highlighted in Ayurvedic texts are: Vataghni (balancing Vata); Pittavikarajit (relieving Pitta disorders), Raktapittaapaha (curing bleeding disorders); Vranajit (healing wounds); Kshaya (managing chronic respiratory disorders like Tuberculosis); Balya (improving body strength); Mutrakruchra (treating urination problems), and Kshaayapaha (relieving tissue emaciation and weakness). In addition, Nagbala is also believed to have the properties of Vrushya (natural aphrodisiac) and Rasayani (rejuvenative).
Ayurveda experts recommend the use of Nagbala herb for managing heart disease, cough, fever, dyspnoea, diarrhea, dysentery, and wounds.
- Package Type: Herbal Powder.
- Package Quantity: 100 gm. Bottle.
Nagbala powder is 100% natural herbal formulation. The preparation of this herbal powder does not involve the use of any chemicals, preservatives, starch, yeast, artificial colors ,binder, fillers, or additives.
1/2 to 1 teaspoonful twice daily with plain water after the meals Or as directed by the physician.
CONTRAINDICATIONS AND SIDE EFFECTS
No serious side-effects of Nagbala are presently known to Ayurveda experts. However, the following precautions should be taken while using Nagbala powder:
- The use of Nagbala powder should be avoided by patients suffering from ailments other than those indicated.
- The use of Nagbala powder should be avoided during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
- Children should not be given Nagbala powder without consulting an Ayurveda practitioner.
- Overdose of Nagbala powder should be avoided.