By Satyen Gadhvi.
The multiple healing affects and nutritional properties of Vijaysar (Indian Kino) make it a popular herb. It as well finds it mention in ‘Nighantu’ the ancient script of Ayurveda for its benefits, which is as follows:
बीजक: पीतसारश्च पीतशालक इत्यपि।
बन्धूकपुष्प: प्रियक: सर्जकश्चासन: स्मृत: ।।२८।।
बीजक: कुष्ठवीसर्पश्चित्रमेहगुद किमान् ।
हन्ति श्लेष्मास्रपित्तञ्च त्वच्य: केश्यो रसायन:।।२९।।
यथा सर्वाणि कुष्ठनि हत : खादिर बीजकौ | (सु. चि. ६)
बीजक : सकषायश्च कफपित्तानाशन : | (घ. नि. )
Vijaysar is said to promote health & longevity and is strongly recommended to be included in your daily regime.
1.कफपित्तशमक: Pacifies Kapha & Pitta
Vijaysar is known to pacify Kapha & Pitta. Ayurveda classifies prameha (Diabetes) into 21 types. Out of the 21, 10 types of Prameha are known to occur due to aggravation of Kapha and six types of Prameha are known to occur due to aggravation of Pitta. Today, the main cause of prameha (diabetes) is lack of exercise and consumption of excess food Apathaya nimmitaj (due to overeating and wrong eating habits having ushna, snigdha and guru nature). Foods that increase kapha, medhas and mootra are the major factors for prameha.
Vijaysar (Indian Kino) pacifies Kapha & Pitta dosha and is therefore beneficial to most of the diabetic and pre-diabetic patients, as now-a-days majority of people have Kapha or Pitta induced diabetes due to sedentary lifestyle and improper food habits.
- रक्तवहसंस्थान: Helpful in Joint Pain (Rheumatoid Arthritis & Osteo Arthritis)
Vijaysar (Indian Kino) is very useful in joint pain and arthritis as it is a rich source of Pterostilbene, which shares many chemical, physiological and pharmacological similarities with resveratrol. Several activities are validated in published studies such as Analgesia (Remsbert et al., 2008), neuroprotection (Joseph et al.,2008; Meng et al.,2008; Pan et al.,2008) anti-inflammatory (Hougee et al., 2005). It is the main effective ingredient in classical ayurvedic medicines for Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteo Arthritis like Mahamanjisthaji kwath, which helps in digesting aam and remove toxins present in body.
- मूत्रवहसंस्थान: Helpful in Diabetes Management:
Anti-diabetic activity of Vijaysar (Indian kino) herb was evaluated on experimental model by Delhi Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research (DIPSAR). Type 2 diabetes was induced by administering streptozotocin (90 mg/kg, i.p.) in a neonatal rat model. Aqueous extract of Vijaysar at doses 100 and 200 mg/kg, decreased the fasting and postprandial blood glucose in type 2 diabetic rats.
The 200 mg/kg had more pronounced effect on postprandial hyperglycemia. The herb improved the body weight of diabetic animals. Cytokine TNF-α was found to be elevated in untreated diabetic rats due to chronic systemic inflammation. The aqueous extract at both doses significantly (P < 0.001) decreased the elevated TNF-α level in type 2 diabetic rats. The researchers concluded that modulation of cytokine TNF-α by the rasayana drug Vijaysar is related with its potential anti-diabetic activity. A clinical study conducted by ICMR on newly diagnosed Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus also found to reduce blood sugar levels.
- सात्मीकरण: Helpful in Obesity (Weight Loss)
Obesity is a condition in which excess body fat is accumulated to an extent that health may be negatively affected.
The trial was carried out with Sprague Drawly rats with 6 animals per group. Obesity was induced to each group except the normal control group for 30days and treatment was given for 15 days. The change in the lipid profile was carried out to check the lipid lowering effect of Vijaysar compared to sibutramine, the standard most widely recommended for obesity.
Further, the lipid profile was carried out that showed good level of significance (p<0.001; p<0.05) of Vijaysar for total cholesterol, triglyceride, HDL and LDL levels. Thus, the drug proved to be significant in the lipid lowering effect relating to obesity. Therefore, Vijaysar can be used as a potential herbal source for anti-obesity activity.
- Extremely useful in Skin disorders:
यथा सर्वाणि कुष्ठानि हत: खदिरबीजकौ ॥ सु. चि. ६
yathā sarvāṇi kuṣṭhāni hata: khadirabījakau || su. ci. 6
For all skin diseases, Kadhira – acacia catechu and Beejaka (Vijaysar) can be used.
It is used as a general skin tonic to treat chronic skin diseases such as vitiligo, eczema, psoriasis, anti-ageing (Joseph et al., 2008), powerful antioxidant (satheesh & Pari, 2006, kim et al., 2009; Perecko et al., 2008; Remsberg et al.,2008; Rimando et al., 2002 etc. It is used as an ingredient in many Ayurvedic medicines for skin diseases such as – Maha Manjisthadi Kwath & Ayaskriti etc.
Therefore to add glow to your skin all beauty conscious people should consume aqueous infusion of Vijaysar (Indian Kino) regularly.
With abundance of health benefits available from Vijaysar (Indian Kino) for your wellness and flawless beauty, make sure that you use this Ayurveda Validated herb daily.
AS Blogger Satyen Gadhavi blogs at www.diabetesneed.com