Himsra – Capparis sepiaria is used as an ingredient in many Ayurvedic oils and other medicines. It is indicated in digestive disorders, anorexia, asthma, cold, edema, abscess etc. Botanical name- Capparis Sepiaria Linn., Capparis spinosa
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Names in different languages:
Hindi name – Hainsa
Bengali name – Kaliyakara
Oriya name – Kantiphali
Telugu name – Nalla uppi, Nallapuee, Nallapuyyi, Nallaupli, Puyyi, Uppi
Kanthari, Gridranakhi, Nakha, Kala, Krurakarma, Ahimsra, , Amlaphala, Gucchagulmika, Kathari, Durdharsha, Teekshnakantaka, , Krooragandha, Dushpravesha
Vakrakanaki – Thorns are curved
Chakravallari – climber grows in circular manner
Teekshnagandha – It has strong odour
Sushruta- Kantaka Panchamoola
Kaiyyadeva Nighantu – Oshadhi Varga
Raja Nighantu – Shalmalyadi Varga
Sodhala Nighantu – Lakshmanadi Varga
Distribution: It is distributed in temperate zones of India
Its sub variety – Capparis horrida is identified as Vyaghranakhi by some others.
As per Dalhana,
Himsra – Capparis sepiaria
Ahimsra – Gridhranakhi – Capparis zeylanica
All these have very similar qualities.
glycosides, flavonoids, reducing sugars, saponins, starch and terpenoids.
Acid insoluble ash (1.70%),
total ash (8.68%),
water soluble ash (3.42%),
water extractive (31.55%),
alcohol extractive (5.06%),
foaming index (105.26 Unit),
loss on drying (9.84%),
swelling index (4.16%),
acute toxicity (nil),
sub-acute toxicity (nil),
chronic toxicity (nil) – Reference
Guna (qualities) – Rooksha (dryness), Laghu (lightness)
Vipaka – Katu – Undergoes pungent taste conversion after digestion.
Veerya – Ushna – Hot potency
Effect on Tridosha – Kapha Vatahara – Balances Kapha and Vata Dosha.
Pharmacological action – Stomachic, blood purifier, Ant diabetic
Part used, dosage
Part used- Root, leaf
Katu – Pungent taste
Tikta – bitter
Ushna – Hot
Deepani – improves digestion strength
Ruchya – improves taste, relieves anorexia.
Shwasa – asthma and chronic respiratory disorders
Kasa – cough, cold
Shopha – inflammation
Raktagranthi Ruja – painful abscess
Ayurvedic medicines with Capparis sepiaria ingredient:
Lodhrasavam – used in treating piles, heavy menstrual periods, anemia, digestive disorders
Nisosiradi Thailam – used in treating diabetes carbuncles and abscesses.
Sarvamayanthaka Ghritam – herbal ghee used in treating gout, Parkinson’s disease, neck stiffness, locked jaw, paralysis, thigh cramps, muscle cramps
Sahacharadi Thailam – used in treating muscle and joint stiffness and convulsion.
Kottamchukkadi Thailam – Ayurvedic oil used in the treatment of Vata disorders causing neuro muscular pains, sciatica, spondylosis etc.
Eladi Thailam – Ayurvedic oil used for skin conditions.
Seek medical advice for its use during pregnancy and lactation.
It can be used in children in small doses.
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.