Nagkesar is a slow-growing, evergreen tree which is mostly found in wet and tropical regions of India, Cambodia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Nepal, and Singapore. Nagkesar has immense medicinal significance due to its proven health benefits. Different parts of the Nagkesar tree — its leaves, Stamens, flowers, and seed oil — are used for treating several disorders and health conditions.
The Latin name of Nagkesar is Mesua ferrea. It belongs to the Calophyllaceae family. The Nagkesar tree, which can grow up to a height of 1500 meters, is specifically known for the hardness of its timber.
Nagkesar is called Ceylon Ironwood, Indian Rose Chestnut, Iron Wood Tree or Cobra’s Saffron in English. Its other vernacular names are: Naghas or Nogkesar in Hindi; Karunangu in Tamil; Nagsampige or Kanchana in Kannada; Naga kesar in Punjabi; Nagesar in Bangali; Nagachampa in Marathi; Nabor in Assamese; Nagachampakam in Malayalam; Naga kesaralu in Telugu; and Naremushk in Persian.
Nagkesar contains chemicals like Mensuol, Silosterol, Fatty Acids, Cyclohaxodine, Histamine, Prostaglandin, Mesuanic Acid, Amyrin, and other acids, which exhibit wide-ranging activities.
Nagkesar has antioxidant, analgesic, antispasmodic, antimicrobial, anti-bacterial, antipyretic, anti-inflammatory, anti-venom, anti-peptic, and anti-asthmatic, anti-arthritic properties. In addition, it is also known for its digestive, diuretic, expectorant, and liver-protective actions. The use of Nagkesar is particularly indicated in bleeding disorders like Piles, Epistaxis Menorrahagia, and Metrrohagia. In addition, some of the other therapeutic indications of Nagkesar include Fever, Nausea, Leprosy, Polydipsia (excessive thirst), and Impotency.
|S. No.||Herb Used||Latin Name||Quantity|
|1.||Nagkesar||Mesua ferrea||100 gm|
HEALTH BENEFITS OF NAGKESAR POWDER
Nagkesar has a number of health benefits because of its time-tested medicinal properties. Some of the most notable health benefits of Nagkesar powder are:
1. Managing Indigestion
Nagkesar has the capability to manage the problem of indigestion, which basically indicates an incomplete digestion process. Indigestion is mostly a result of Kapha aggravation which weakens the digestive fire (Angi) and leads to digestive problems. The intake of Nagkesar powder can facilitate the digestive process by improving Agni because the powder has Pachan (digestive) and Deepan (appetizer) properties.
2. Treating Bleeding Disorders
Nagkesar has the properties to treat various types of bleeding disorders, which can either result from a Pitta imbalance in the body or the aggravation of all the three doshas. The use of Nagkesar powder can provide relief to people suffering from Bleeding Piles. It can also benefit women who have irregular periods and experience excessive bleeding during the periods. Nagkesar can regulate the periods of women suffering from menstrual disorders and increase their fertility.
3. Managing Cold/Cough And Controlling Asthma
Nagkesar can be useful in treating cold and cough because of its expectorant and anti-bacterial actions. The use of Nagkesar powder is beneficial in managing cold and cough because it can soothe the throat and remove congestion. Moreover, the Pitta-balancing properties of Nagkesar can be beneficial for Asthma patients because it can remove excess mucus from the lungs, reduce obstruction in the respiratory passage, and relieve breathing difficulties.
4. Reducing Fever Symptoms
Nagkesar can be beneficial in reducing the symptoms of fever which can result from various reasons, depending on the vitiation of a particular dosha. In most cases, fever results from the build-up of Ama (toxins) in excess, because of digestive problems. Nagkesar powder can effectively manage the general causes and signs of fever.
5. Healing Wounds And Cuts
The Ropan (healing) property of Nagkesar can speed up the process of healing of wounds, cuts, and skin sores. The use of Nagkesar — internally as herbal powder and externally as a topical application in the form of oil — can reduce the swelling resulting from a wound, and quickly heal wounds/cuts by repairing the affected skin and restoring its normal texture.
6. Reducing Pain And Inflammation
Nagkesar has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties because of which it can reduce pain — especially bone and joint pain — and treat the disorders which cause inflammation. The use of Nagkesar powder can be beneficial in alleviating the symptoms of Vata imbalance which is usually one of the main causes of bone and joint pain.
7. Relieving Headache
Headache induced by stress, fatigue or anxiety — and even migraine headache — can be relieved with the help of Nagkesar. The regular intake of Nagkesar powder, or the application of Nagkesar paste, can promote the relaxation of tensed muscles, and reduce stress and fatigue. In this way, Nagkesar can be beneficial in managing headache.
Along with the above-mentioned health benefits of Nagkesar powder, there are several other conditions that can be managed with the use of the herbal powder. These conditions include:
- Respiratory problems like Dyspnea (breathlessness)
- Urinary disorders
- Cardiac debility
- Skin problems
- Abdominal colic pain
- Liver and spleen disorders.
NAGKESAR AND AYURVEDA
Nagkesar is used for the preparation of several Ayurvedic formulations because of its immense medicinal value, its beneficial actions in the management of a number of disorders, and its ability to balance the three doshas — Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.
With regard to the physical properties of Nagkesar, Ayurvedic texts have mentioned that the Ras (taste) of Nagkesar is Kashay (astringent) and tikta (bitter); its Guna (properties) are laghu (light) and ruksha (dry); its Virya (Potency) is Sheet (cold); and its Vipaka (post digestive effect) is Katu (pungent).
According to Ayurveda, the main uses of Nagkesar are: Bastirogahara (Urinary tract disorders); Jvarahara (Fever); Vatasrahara (Gout); Ama pachana (Digestive); Trushnahara (relieving thirst); Hrullasa (Nausea); Chardihara (Vomiting); Sheersharujahara (Headache); Kushtahara (Skin problems); Kandughna (Itching); Daurgandhyahara (Excessive sweating, and bad breath); Vishahara (Anti-toxic); Shophahara (Anti-inflammatory); and Visarpahara (Herpes).
- Package Type: Herbal Powder.
- Package Quantity: 100 gm. Bottle.
Nagkesar powder is a 100% pure and natural herbal powder. It does not contain any chemicals, preservatives, artificial colors, starch, yeast, binders, 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
The use of Nagkesar or its herbal formulations do not have any known or serious side-effects. However, the following precautions should be taken while using Nagkesar powder:
- People suffering from Diabetes, Heart disease, and other conditions should use Nagkesar powder under medical supervision.
- The use of Nagkesar powder should be avoided during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
- Excessive consumption of Nagkesar powder should be avoided.
- Nagkesar powder should be kept away from the reach of children.