This article is by Dr MS Krishnamurthy MD(Ayu), PhD.
Mistletoe is a parasitic herb used in Ayurveda as herbal remedy. The roots and flowers of Mistletoe as well as whole plants can be used in herbal medicine. It is also called Honey Suckle. In Ayurveda, it is called Vanda, Vandaka and Bandaka.
Botanical name – Dendrophthoe falcata
In Ayurveda, it is told as –
Tridosha shamaka – balances all the three Doshas
It undergoes Pungent kind of bio transformation (Katu vipaka)
it is cold in potency (Sheeta veerya).
The plants are available in different colors (flowers); violet mixed white flowers are found abundantly in western ghats.
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Fine powder of the leaves/whole plant for dusting over the wounds:
The dried leaves or the whole plant is made into fine powder. This is dusted over the oozing wounds and ulcers. 5-8 days of this remedy helps to seize the pus discharge and initiates the healing.
Fine paste of the leaf for swellings and abscess:
Leaf is made into fine paste and warmed a little. This is applied over the abscess and inflamed areas.
Decoction of leaves and flowers for convulsions and hysteria:
The leaves or flowers or both are taken and made into decoction. This is administered in 20 – 30 ml dose, once or twice a day after food by adding a teaspoon of ghee. This is effective in convuslions and hysteria.
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.
Fresh juice of the leaves for bleeding disorders:
The leaves are made into hot infusion or decoction. This is administered in the dose of 30-40 ml twice daily. This is effective in all kind of bleeding disorders. In bleeding piles and heavy periods also this is found to be highly beneficial.
Classical reference of Vaidya manorama –
It explains that the Parasite loranthus developed over the Udumbara (Ficus glomeruta) is made into decoction and administered along with milk or ghee for the pregnant women who are at the risk of abortion.
Medicinal properties are hidden in various forms. Some stones, soil, sand, ores, shells and like wise in uncommon parts like galls, resins and plant parasites also therapeutic properties are found. Careful watching, cross references from different classical texts, words of wisdom by the folk healers and scientific validation will help to throw light on these hidden remedies.
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