Yavasa is an Ayurveda herb, used mainly in the treatment of obesity, skin diseases and Pitta conditions. Its botanical name is Alhagi Camelorum Fisch. It belongs to Fabaceae family. It is also known as Alhagi maurorum
Vernacular names, Sanskrit synonyms
Hindi name – Javasa
English name – Persian Manna Plant, Camel thorn.
Botanical name – Alhagi Camelorum, Fagonia cretica
Synonyms in Sanskrit – Yasa, Yavasa, Dusparsha, Kunashaka, Dhanvayasa – Alhagi pseudalhagi, Ananta.
Medicinal qualities of Dhanvayasa
Rasa (taste) – Madhura – sweet, Tikta – Bitter, Kashaya – Astringent
Vipaka – taste conversion after digestion – Katu – Pungent
Veerya – Sheeta – Cold potency
Guna (qualities) – Laghu (light to digest)
Effect on Tridosha – Balances Kapha and Pitta
Botanical name – Alhagi Camelorum Fisch., Alhagi pseudalhagi (M.Bieb.) Desv. ex B.Keller & Shap., Fagonia cretica,
Hedysarum alhagi L. H. pseudalhagi M.Bieb.
English name – Arabian or Persian Manna plant.
Habitat: Found as weed in Maharashtra, Kerala, Karnataka, Punjab, Uttarpradesh, Rajasthan etc.
Part used: Root
Medicinal properties of Fagonia cretica / Alhagi Camelorum
As per Ayurveda, roots possess sweet-bitter and astringent tastes.
This is cold in potency and light for digestion.
This is helpful to pacify the Kapha (phlegm) and Meda (fat – adipose tissue) related disorders.
The formulations derived out of this herb is capable to cure the diseases like Bhrama (vertigo), bleeding disorders (raktapitta), skin diseases of various kinds (kushtha), cough (kasa), herpes (visarpa), gout (vatarakta) etc.
Duralabha, another variety of this plant (Fagonia arabica Linn) is used as a substitute for this drug.
Camelthorn (Javasa) Remedies
Few important remedies of Javasa, by Prof. MS Krishnamurthy MD (Ayu), PhD
Hot infusion of the root of Camelthorn for vertigo and haemorroids:
The Yavasa roots are collected and made into coarse powder. 1 tablespoon of it is added with a cup of hot water, kept for a while, macerated and decanted. This is administered in a dose of 20-30 ml twice or thrice daily. Useful in treating vertigo and hemorrhoids.
Cough, throat irritation
Decoction of the wet roots of Camelthorn in chronic cough and throat irritation :
Wet roots of the plant are collected and made into decoction. This has significant benefits in laryngitis, throat irritation, mouth ulcers, chronic cough, allergic disorders etc.
General method of preparation of decoction (kashaya) – 1 tablespoon of powder is added with 2 cups of water, boiled and reduced to 1 cup, filtered.
Cold infusion of the root of Alhagi maurorum in menopausal syndrome and Pitta disorders:
Cold infusion of the roots is taken along with sugar candy. This pacifies Pitta disorders. Menopausal syndrome can be effectively managed by taking this decoction with the fine powder of Yashtimadhu (licorice)
Allergic rhinitis, bronchitis
Fine powder and Javasa and Yashtimadhu (Glycchiriza glabra) for allergic rhinitis and bronchitis:
Equal amount of Yavasa and Yashtimadhu are taken and fine powder is made. This is administered in a dose of 5 grams, with a teaspoon of honey, once or twice a day, before food. This is useful in treating allergic rhinitis, bronchitis, hemorrhoids, vertigo etc.
Camelthorn (also called Yavasa, Dhanvayasa) is a very itchy Ayurvedic herb. It should be collected with care. Folklore practitioners use its leaves for detection of pregnancy. However, its scientific validation is awaited.
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Medohara – Helps to reduce fat and cholesterol
Madahara – Useful in psychiatric conditions
Bhrantihara – Relieves confusion
Pittasrahara – Useful in bleeding disorders
Kushtaghna – Useful in skin diseases
Kasaghna – relieves cough, cold
Trushnahara – relieves excessive thirst
Visarpahara – useful in herpes
Vatasra – useful in gout
Chardihara, Vamihara – acts as anti-emetic
Whole plant, yasa Sharkara
Interaction with medicines, supplements
Can this be used while taking Homeopathic medicine?
Yes. This product does not react with homeopathic medicine.
this medicine be continued while taking supplements like multivitamin tablets,
Omega 3 fatty acids etc?
Yes. Generally, this product goes well with most of the dietary supplements. However, if you are taking more than one product per day, please consult your doctor for an opinion.
Seek your doctor’s advice if you are taking this product along with other western (allopathic / modern) medicines. Some Ayurvedic herbs can interact with modern medicine.
If both Ayurvedic and allopathic medicines are advised together, then it is best to take Allopathic medicine first, wait for 30 minutes and then take the Ayurvedic medicine.
Important Ayurvedic medicines with Yavasa (Dhanvayasa) as ingredient:
Mahatiktakam Kashayam– Used in skin diseases
Kantakari Avaleha – Used in asthma and respiratory conditions.
Tikta Ghritha – Used in skin conditions, carbuncles etc.
Maha panchagavya Ghrita – Used in fistula, liver disorders and psychiatric conditions.