Why is Karkatshringi considered important in Ayurveda
Karkatshringi, also known as Gall Plant, has been described in ancient texts of Ayurveda. It is also called Kakdasingi in common parlance. Karkatshringi holds special importance among medicinal herbs, and has been used in Ayurvedic medicine since ancient times for the prevention of many diseases.
Due to its properties, doctors use it as a medicine. This natural herb works to reduce colds, respiratory and stomach related problems. Its botanical name is Pistacia chinensis.
Importance of Karkatshringi in Ayurveda
Karkatshringi is hot in nature and bitter in taste. Many types of medicinal properties are found in it which help to calm the three doshas (kapha, pitta, vata) of the body. It proves effective in curing cough, fever, asthma, respiratory diseases and stomach related problems. This herb also helps to keep the respiratory tract healthy. Apart from this, karkatshringi protects the body from many types of viral, bacterial and fungal infections. The use of this medicinal plant is considered extremely beneficial in the treatment of children's diseases. Apart from this, Karkatshringi is also helpful in removing the problems related to Vajikaran.
Benefits of Karkatshringi
Effective in relieving cough-
Karkatshringi plays an important role in curing cough, as it works to balance the kapha dosha. Consuming a decoction made from the bark of the plant of Karkatshringi on an empty stomach in the morning and mixing the powder of bark of the plant and honey in equal quantity with lukewarm water before sleeping at night ends the problem of cough.
Beneficial in respiratory problems-
Karkatshringi is used medicinally to cure asthma, reduce throat and respiratory problems. It also acts as an expectorant (helps in clearing mucus from the respiratory tract). Mixing nutmeg powder in 1-2 grams of Karkatshringi powder and taking it with honey provides relief in respiratory problems.
Useful for kids-
Consumption of karkatshringi helps in getting rid of many diseases among children. According to Ayurveda medicine, in young children, Kapha dosha is prevalent and affects the body. Therefore, to avoid all these diseases, give half a teaspoon (1g-1.5g) bark powder of Karkatshringi and half a teaspoon of Pippali's powder mixed with lukewarm water every morning on an empty stomach.This helps to balance the kapha and helps eliminate diseases in children.
Other benefits of Karkatshringi are-
- It is extremely beneficial in the treatment of dysentery and diarrhea. Taking the powder of Karkatshringi and Belgiri together helps to relieve dysentery and diarrhea.
- It helps in the treatment of indigestion and also stimulates gastric fire.
- Consuming a decoction made from its bark proves to be very effective in the treatment of fever.
- This herb naturally helps in reducing the growth of cancer cells.
- Karkatshringi improves the quality of sperms.
- It also supports the good health of the female reproductive system.