காட்டு அத்தியின் மருத்துவ பயன்கள் | Wild fig


The homeopathic medicine, Agnus castus is prepared from the leaves, tender stem and dehydrated berries of the vitex agnus-castus. It is commonly known by other names like chaste tree, chaste berry, etc. through homeopathic method of preparing mother tincture and is diluted to various potency which is used for treating many diseases. Vitex agnus-castus is indigenous to the Mediterranean region and Central Asia. It is an aromatic shrub. It belongs to the family of  Lamiaceace

Agnus castus is very effective in treating impotency as well as infertility in men. It offers excellent cure for completely impotent, cold and sagging genitals, premature ejaculation, sexual dysfunction for men and useful for treating sterility among women.

It is 
  • helpful for women who have lost their sexual interest.
  • useful for nursing mothers as it will increase the breast milk secretion.
  • used for premenstrual syndrome, menopause period, menstrual disorders, enlarged uteres, vaginal discharge, etc.
  • efficient in treating people suffering from psychological disorders like depression, anxiety, exhaustion, nervousness, hopelessness, etc.
  • very useful for treating patients with memory related issues, spleen swelling and toothache.
  • known to enhance the sex drive and improve libido.
  • a potent remedy for athritis and rheumatic pain.
  • a safe medicine to use it will not trigger any side effects.

Vitex agnus-castus


Ponnavarai is a medicinal herb having lots of curative properties. Botanical name of this herb is senna occidentalis or cassia occidentalis. It belongs to the family of fabaceace. Cassia occidentalis or senna occidentalis is a perennial shrub that grows in tropical and temperate climates. It is mostly found in rainy season in between the plants, roadsides, waste lands all over TamilNadu in India.

This plant grows up to height of 3 feet. Its flowers are yellow in color. Other names of this herb are coffee senna, stinking weed, kasundi, mogdad coffee, etc. Seeds of this shrub are commonly used as an adulterant in coffee. The whole plants, seeds, leaves roots has lot of nutrients like apigenin, amodiene, emodin, quercetin, amino acids, volatile oil, oleic acid, tannin, linoleic acid, minerals like magnesium, calsium, iron, etc.

The leaves of this herb is very effective in treating obesity and constipation.
  • Take a hand full of leaves, wash it and the cut into small pieces. 
  • Add green gram dhal or red gram dhal, cumin seeds, pepper, green chilli, tomato, small onion.
  • Make this into gravy and add some ghee for seasoning.
  • Have this gravy twice a week for two months to reduce your body weight. You will get unbelievable results. 
  • While taking this herb as a food, you will have a free motion for 2 to 3 times a day.
 Cure for jaundice
  • Take same amount ponnavarai leaves and keezhanelli leaves and 9 peppercorns.
  • Grind these together into paste.
  • Eat this paste as the size of big amla, every morning and evening for 5 to 7 days. 
  • This will cure jaundice fully without any side effects. 
  • Take a hand full of this leaves and add one glass of water to it.
  • Allow it to boil and make it into half.
  • Strain this mixture and add a pinch of salt and pepper powder to it and then have this mixture weekly twice. 
Cure for liver diseases
  • Take 30 grams of roots of ponnavarai plant.
  • Cut it into small pieces and add 3 glasses of water. 
  • Allow it boil and make it into half and strain this mixture.
  • Take 50 ml of this mixture with honey, every morning in empty stomach for 5 to 7 day for liver diseases. 
Coffee made out of seeds of this plant will help to cure digestive problems, liver problems and prevents type 2 diabetes.

Note: Pregnant and lactating mothers should avoid having this without consultation.

World Diabetes Day 2018

Today is World Diabetes Day!

Every year, November 14th is  celebrated as the World diabetes day since 1991. Theme of this year's World Diabetes Day is "Family and Diabetes". Globally, the incidence of diabetes is increasing in an alarming rate. Currently more than 42.5 crore people are living with some form of diabetes. In this, most of the people are affected with type 2 diabetes.

Family plays a vital role in modifying the risk factor by educating the social, economical, physical, emotional and mental health of diseased. Early diagnose and treatment will prevent complications and death. Untreated diabetes results in damage of vital organs such as kidneys, eyes, liver, etc., cardiovascular diseases, stroke and limb amputation. Type 2 diabetes of pre-diabetes, insulin resistance stages can be reversed with the right kind of balanced diet, exercise, herbs and yoga.

Type 2 diabetes may be caused by vitamin D deficiency, Chromium and Magnesium deficiency, lack of physical activity, less intake of fiber rich foods, etc. As we all know that prevention is better than cure, we must prevent diabetes by implementing  proper methods like doing some simple physical exercise.

Exercise reduces insulin resistance and helps to maintain proper weight. Exposure of our skin in day sunlight for 30 minutes provides required amount of Vitamin D for our body. Fatty fishes and cod liver oil are great source of vitamin D. Vitamin D is very important for blood sugar control. Maintaining optimum level of vitamin D will prevent the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. 

Some healthy tips to keep diabetes away!

  • Instead of processed foods, use palm jaggery and honey instead of white sugar.
  • Take some anti-diabetic herbs like aloe vera, bilberry juice, curcumin, fenugreek, cinnamon, bitter melon, jamun fruit nut powder and gymnima slvestre. These herb will increase insulin sensitivity and improves the functions of beta cells and regenerate the beta cells in pancreas.
  • Some research studies shows that regular intake of coffee and tea will reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. Coffee and tea have antioxidants and polyphenols that helps to protect against type 2 diabetes.
  • Green tea contains antioxidant compounds called epigallocatechin gallate that has been shown to reduce blood sugar release from the liver and increase insulin sensitivity.
  • Breathing exercise (pranayama) and yogasanas like dhanurasana, gomukasana, paschimothasana, halasana, ardhamatsyendrasana and mayurasana will helps to activate the abdominal organs like pancreas and liver. It prevents metabolic disorder and helps in regulation and utilization of insulin and glucose in the body.
  • Intake of natural foodstuffs like whole grains like ragi, foxtail millet, whole grams like channa, peas, soybeans, nuts like almonds, walnuts, groundnuts, fiber rich food stuffs will help to slow down the release of glucose into the bloodstream.


What is Zika?

Zika virus is a member of virus family Flaviviride and genus Flavivirus. It is transmitted by mosquitoes such as Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus which are active in the day time. These are the same type of mosquitoes which transmit diseases like dengue, yellow fever and Japanese Encephalitis. The disease caused by Zika virus is known as Zika fever. It can be transmitted from the infected pregnant woman to her fetus.

History of Zika

In 1950s, it was spread from Africa to other countries. Recently in 2016, Zika virus was spread over Latin America and the Caribbean islands, causing birth defects mainly microcephaly which causes abnormal head sizes in the new born babies of infected mothers. Now, cases of Zika virus are reported in states like Rajasthan.

Adverse effects

The virus has been linked to thousands of birth defects like microcephaly, wherein the babies are born with smaller heads and brains, other problems like  seizures, vision problems, hearing loss, intellectual disability, developmental delay and problems with movement and balance. These problems can range from mild to severe and are often lifelong which can even be fatal in some cases. Anyone who is living in or traveling to an area where affected by Zika virus, who are not already been infected are at risk of infection. A person bit by an infected mosquito takes about 2 - 7 days to show symptoms.


  • Mild fever
  • Skin rash
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
These symptoms are usually mild and is often confused with the symptoms of common flu and can be confirmed only by a blood test.

Natural Remedy for Zika fever 

  • Papaya leaf juice: Boosts immune system and increases blood platelet count.
  • Turmeric: Boosts immunity system because of its antioxidant property and is a powerful antimicrobial agent.
  • Basil (Tulsi): Antiviral property prevents free radical from entering the body.
  • Vishnugrandhi: Cures all types of fever.
  • Ginger, Garlic, Pepper, Long pepper: Boosts immune system and has antimicrobial property.
  • Nilavembu: Cures all types of viral infection and fevers.

Preparation of decoction

  • Take a handful of basil leaves (tulsi), vishnugrandhi powder, nilavembu powder, an inch of ginger, 4 cloves of garlic, 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder, pepper and long pepper.
  • Mix all the above ingredients, add 5 glasses of water to it and allow it to boil to half its volume.
  • Strain the remaining mixture and take the decoction seperately.
  • While consuming, 50 mL of this decoction needs to be mixed with 5 mL of honey. This procedure has to continue for 3-5 days, 3 times per day.



Gac fruit is an edible fruit which is highly nutritious and has a lot of attractive medicinal benefits. Botanical name of this fruit is Momordica cochinchinensis. It belongs to the family of Curcubitaceae. Traditionally, gac has been used as food as well as medicine for treating many diseases in China, India, Carribean islands and in Southeast Asian countries like Malaysia, Vietnam, Phillipines, etc. Leaves and fruits are used in Vietnamese culinary dishes. There are several beverages prepared from gac fruit for wedding and other festivals in their culture.

Gac is purely seasonal fruit that only ripens once in a year. It is a climber plant and is usually cultivated to grow on fences. Gac fruits round to oval in shape and  orange in color. The outer layer of this fruit is covered with red color thorns which are toxic and whole outer layer is not edible. So, these should be removed while consuming and the soft pulp inside the fruit surrounding the seeds is the only edible part of this fruit.  The edible seeds are brown or black in color and are used as traditional medicine in china.Gac fruit can be consumed in various ways like mixing its juice with other fruit juices or can be blanched and consumed raw.

Nutrients in Gac fruit

It has the following health promoting nutrients - carotenoids, proteins, dietary fibers,unsaturated fatty acids, antioxidants, Vitamins like A, D, E, K, beta carotene, lycopene, bioactive compounds like trypsin, zeathanin, phenolic compounds and flavonoids. 

Antioxidants in this 10 times more than in carrots. Lycopene is more than 70 times than in tomatoes. It is low in sugar which makes it diabetic friendly.

Regular intake of this fruit can help to

  • Prevent a wide range of heart diseases like hardening of the walls of the arteries, atherosclerosis, etc.
  • Lower the risk of heart attack.
  • Heal wounds, sun burns, burns, skin diseases and scars.
  • Cure prostate problems in men.
  • Improve vision and prevent eye related problems.
  • Prevent the formation of cataract.
  • Improve the function of nerves system and prevent the nerve damage.
  • Prevent aging and delays the formation of wrinkles.
  • Give youthful appearance.
  • Reduce depression.
  • Cure anemia because it contains high amount of iron and folic acid.
  • Lower the risk of lung and colon cancer.
  • Reduce the risk of blood clots.
  • Improve fertility in both men and women.
  • Reduce the risk developing cancer as it has anti-cancer property.
Add this wonderful fruit to your diet for a healthy living. 


29 September it is!

Every year this day is celebrated as World Heart Day by World Heart Foundation, to raise global awareness about heart diseases and stroke. This year's theme is 'My heart, your heart'. This emphasizes on looking after of our hearts and the hearts of our loved ones.

In this fast paced world, heart diseases have become a norm mainly due to unhealthy and sedentary lifestyle which includes consumption of unbalanced diet, overeating, junk food, consumption of alcohol, smoking, diabetes and lack of exercise. Necessary heart-healthy diet must be taken to prevent heart diseases.

Natural foodstuffs for healthier heart

Healthy foods like whole grains, nuts like walnuts, almonds & peanuts, yogurt, garlic, onion, fiber rich foods like variety of beans, mushrooms, pomegranate, blueberries, cranberries, raspberries amla, pears, tomato, cocoa, dark chocolate,drumstick leaves, hibiscus flower, capsicum, lotus flower, fish (salmon, tuna, etc.), flax seeds, olive oil, etc. are the foodstuffs that are good for heart health.

Acupressure points for healthier heart

Press the acupressure points P6 and H9, daily for 1 to 2 minutes to prevent heart diseases.

P6 - This point is located in 3 fingers width from the wrist crease between two tendons as shown in the image.

H9 - This point is in the inside corner of the little finger's nail as shown in the image.

Heart diseases can thus be prevented following a natural and healthy diet rather than spending precious time and money for the cure of the heart diseases.


Yellow Karisalankanni and Keezhanelli are the effective and best herbs for treating fatty liver.

Yellow Karisalankanni

Eclipta prostrata (or) yellow karisalankanni is a very important medicinal herb found all over India during rainy season. In Indian system of Ayurveda, this herb is called as bringaraj. This herb has lots of nutrients, antioxidants, plant chemicals, flavonoids, alkaloids, thiopenes, coumestans, polyacetylenes, etc. Regular consumption of karisalankanni will prevent liver damages. We can use this herb as a green in our daily diet. This herb cleans and detoxifies the liver.
Method 1 
Chew 10 to 15 leaves of karisalankanni in empty stomach daily morning for 30 days.
Method 2  
Take 5 grams of karisalankanni powder with 5 ml of honey in stomach continuously for one month.


Phyllanthus Niruri or Keezhanelliis a very important medicinal herb found in India. It has anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, anti-bacterial, anti-viral and hepato-protective properties. This herb will cure all types of liver diseases including jaundice. We can use this herb to treat fatty liver with no side effects.
Method 1
Take 5 to 10 grams of keezhanelli leaves paste. Add  30 ml of boiled and cooled cow milk with honey in empty stomach daily in the morning for 30 days .
Method 2
Take 5 to 10 grams of keezhanelli powder with 30 ml of warm water with 5 ml of honey .

This is the best and natural remedy without side effects for curing fatty liver.


Dark circle is a blackish or bluish discoloration of the skin around the eyes. Dark circles under the eyes will negatively affect the look of a person and may intensify the aged look. So, it needs to be treated so as to maintain the facial beauty and personality.


There are numerous causes for dark circles like lack of sleep, unbalanced or poor diet, stress, dehydration, fatigue, allergies, sinusitis, eye strain, prolonged usage of devices like computer, TV and cell phones, eczema with itching, eye infections, anemia, hereditary, UV rays, etc.

Helpful homeopathic medicines

Homeopathy provides a safe, effective and permanent remedy for dark circles. There are many homeopathic medicines available to treat dark circles without any side effects. Some of these are as follows: phosphoric acid, kali phos, ferrum mettalicum, cina, beriberi vulgaris, lycopodium, sepia, beri beri aqufolium, calendula, thuja and natrum mur. These homeopathic medicines works wonder in removing the dark circles.

Directions to use

  • Take equal amount of beri beri aqufolium Q*, calendula Q* and thuja Q*.
  • Mix it well and keep it in a clean and air tight bottle.
  • Apply this mixture on the affected area.
  • Allow it to dry for 2 - 3 hours.
  • Repeat this twice a day for 2 to 3 weeks.
This will help skin glow, clear all dark circles, pigmentation, spots as well as acne scars.

(*Note: Q after the name of the medicine indicates mother tincture.)