Vidarikanda (Pueraria tuberosa) - Uses, Benefits and Dosage
The science of Ayurveda deals with holistic healing of mankind, bringing it closer to nature and reestablishing the natural body constitution through herbal remedies. There are many drugs in Ayurveda which improve overall strength of the body and also prevent or delay the process of ageing. Vidarikanda is one such drug that is widely used by Ayurvedic practitioners for its various health benefits to mankind. It is however most popular for its Aphrodisiac and rejuvenating actions on the body.
It is one of the most nourishing medicinal plants gifted by Ayurveda to mankind. It is also known by other common names like - INDIAN KUDJU.
- Botanical Name: Pueraria Tuberosa
- Family: Leguminosae
- English: Indian Kudju
- Sanskrit: Swadukanda, Ikshugandha, Kandapalaash, Bhumikushmaand
- Hindi: Vidarikanda
PHYSICAL FEATURES OF THE PLANT
Puereria Tuberosa has a widely spread tuberous root system having a climbing, coiling and trailing vine. The tuberous roots are white, starchy and have a sweet taste.
The leaves resemble those of the plant Butea monosperma, commonly known as "palash" in Hindi hence the name, KANDAPALASHA
The flowers are bluish or purplish in color.
The tuberous roots taste like Glycirrhiza glabra in sweetness. The branches are fondly eaten by horses. Vidarigandha is widely sold in the markets in the form of small and white, dried pieces of the tubers.
OTHER VARIETIES OF VIDARIGANDA
IPOMEA BATATA or KSHEERA VIDARI is the other variety OF Puereria tuberosa.
It is found all over INDIA on the Himalayas up to the height of 4000 ft.
ACTIVE CHEMICAL CONSTITUENTS
Carbohydrates - 64%
Proteins - 10.9%
Medicinal Properties OF VIDARIGANDA
- Guna (Specific Action): Guru (Heavy), Snigdha (Smooth)
- Rasa (Taste): Madhura (Sweet)
- Vipaka (After Taste): Madhura (Sweet)
- Virya (Potency): Sheeta (Cool Potency)
EFFECT ON TRIDOSHAS
MEDICINAL USES OF VIDARIKANDA
Vidarikanda is used extensively for its action on the urinary system and the reproductive system. In the urinary tract it provides soothing effect by eliminating the dryness in the urinary tract and by subsiding the inflammatory conditions of the system.
It strengthens the reproductive system and has shown beneficial effects in conditions of male infertility. It promotes production of healthy semen and improves performance during sexual activity. It is beneficial in conditions of female sterility as well.
Vidarikanda is a very good herbal supplement in Ayurveda for weight gain.
Vidarikanda helps to improve voice quality and is used by a lot of singers to improve their tone in a natural way.
Promotes lactation and increases the production of milk in breasts and provides nourishment. Therefore it is very useful for lactating mothers.
Vidarikanda has all the properties of a good rasayana (Rejuvenate). A rasayana is defined as a drug which prevents ageing and also protects against all kinds of diseases.
Vidarikanda has vajikarana properties also because of its action on the reproductive system. Vajikarana is a drug in Ayurveda which has good aphrodisiac properties.
Vidarikanda has good expectorant properties hence it helps in the diseases of the respiratory system to remove excess congestion and provide relief.
Puereria tuberosa improves the digestive power in case of children as well.
It also acts on the hepato-billiary system and promotes the production and secretion of bile. This attributes to its property of acting as a digestive agent.
It also smoothens the colon and promotes passage of stools in cases of constipation or hardened stools.
Vidarikanda also stimulates production of mucilage and is a good rejuvenate. It also helps improve the complexion making it a good natural supplement for harmful beauty products that are readily available but loaded with harmful chemicals which do more damage than benefit our skin.
Life style disorders are a big threat impending on the health of mankind. Cardio vascular disorders are amongst the prime health conditions under this category. Vidarikanda has good cardio protective properties and also strengthens the heart muscles making it a complete cardio- tonic.
The roots of the plant have good anti-pyretic properties.
Anti-inflammatory properties of Vidarikanda also help in easing out joint pains on local application.
LATEST RESEARCHES ON VIDARIKANDA IN AYURVEDA
Recent researches have shown that a few chemicals in Vidarikanda exhibit good hypoglycemic activities.
ACTION AGAINST NEPHROTOXICITY
Nephrotoxicity is very common in cancer patients taking the drug Cisplatin. Puereria tuberosa has antioxidant properties which prevent kidney damage which occurs as a result of toxicity due to this drug. Liver enzymes may however be raised as a side effect, for that continuous monitoring of liver enzymes is required.
Recent studies also suggest that Vidarikanda also possess anti-convulsant activity to some extent. It may also act as a memory enhancer and may also provide some level of improvement in anxiety states. Studies also suggest the use of Vidarikanda in healing as well as prevention of ulcers be it peptic ulcers, duodenal or intestinal ulcerations in diseases like CROHN'S DISEASE.
PARTS USED: Rhizome
DOSAGE: Powder 3-5 gm with milk.
It is a very effective drug in the treatment of all kinds of problems that hamper normal sexual activity in human males. It is a mixture of best aphrodisiac herbs which strengthen the entire body and improve stamina.
Ingredients of ATIRASADI CHURNA
|S. No.||Indian Name||English Name||Latin Name||Qty|
|1.||Safed Musli||Musli||Chlorophytum borivilianum||30 gm|
|2.||Kali Musli||Black Musale||Curculigo orchioides||20 gm|
|3.||Semal Musli||Silk Cotton Tree||Salmalia malabarica||20 gm|
|4.||Gokshura||Puncture twine||Tribulus terrestris||20 gm|
|5.||Shatavari||Asparagus||Asparagus racemosus||20 gm|
|6.||Ashwagandha||Winter Cherry||Withania somnifera||20 gm|
|7.||Akarkara||Pellitory||Anacyclus pyrethrum||20 gm|
|8.||Vidari Kand||Hawaiian Baby Woodrose||Pueraria tuberosa||10 gm|
|9.||Varahi Kand||Wild Yam||Dioscorea tuberosa||10 gm|
|10.||Safed Behmen||Centaurea||Centaurea behen||10 gm|
|11.||Jaiphal/Javitri||Nutmeg/Mace||Myristica fragrans||10 gm|
|12.||Taalmakhana||Hygrophila||Hygrophila spinosa||5 gm|
|13.||Kesar||Saffron||Crocus sativus||5 gm|
1-2 tsp, twice daily after meals.
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