Danti has been considered a type of medicine in Ayurveda. The Sushruta Samhita and Charaka Samhita also elaborate on Danti and its benefits. According to Ayurveda, the flowers, stems, fruits and roots of the Danti plant are good for health. The benefits of Danti range from stomach problems to teeth related diseases. Nowadays, Danti roots (Dantimul) are found in the form of pieces of wood in the markets.
What is Danti?
Danti is a kind of plant whose branches are green and white in colour. The leaves are round in shape and 5-8 cm long. The average height of the Danti plant is about 90–180 cm, its flowers grow in greenish-yellow colour and bunches. Its fruits are hairy and oval. Danti is known by the names of wild crotons in English and Danti, Chhotidanti, Tamba etc. in Hindi. Dantis botanical name is Baliospermum solanifolium.
Benefits and Uses of Danti
For stomach gas-
The problem of feeling flatulence or gas spasm in the stomach due to gas is called gulm in Ayurveda. Taking 5-10 grams of paste of Danti root with curd, buttermilk, manda, alcohol, etc. provides relief in gulm and other diseases of the stomach. Apart from this, consuming Danti oil with celery and rock salt also helps in stomach problems.
Extract the juice of the root of Danti and mix honey in it and apply it in the eyes in the form of mascara, it provides relief in eye pain.
For respiratory problems-
Danti is an effective medicine to relieve shortness of breath and swelling of the lungs. For this, for some days, take a decoction made of 10-15 ml Danti leaves. This provides relief in respiratory problems.
Grind equal quantities of Pippali, Danti and Chitrak with water. Now taking it with lukewarm water reduces the problem of dysentery.
To clean the stomach-
Lack of proper digestion leads to many diseases. Hence, Danti is used as a laxative (stomach cleansing medicine). For this, sugarcane pieces are wrapped in Dravanti and Danti paste and cooked using the Putpak method. Now extract the juice and consume 10-15 ml. By doing this, the stomach clears easily.
Cook the leaves of Danti (Wild croton), Palash (Tesu Flower), Nishoth (Turpethum), Chitrak and Changeri, etc. and prepare vegetables by cooking them in ghee or oil. Now eating this vegetable with curd provides relief in piles. Seek advice from an Ayurvedic doctor for best results.
Where is Dantis plant found?
Danti plant grows in India from Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh in the Himalayas up to a height of 600-1000 m. Apart from this, Dantis plant is found up to a height of 1800 m in the mountainous regions of Karnataka, Bengal, Assam, Konkan, Bihar, Deccan Peninsula, Western Ghats and Kerala. These plants can be seen in areas of China, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Java, Thailand, the Malay Peninsula and Indo- Malaysia.