Hilamochika – Benefits, Remedies, Research

By Dr Renita D’SouzaHilamochika is a potential medicinal plant and also used as a supplementary food source. Young shoots are cooked as vegetable. It is a good source of protein and β-carotene. It is cold in nature and acts as mild laxative. It is used in the treatment of skin diseases, wounds, pimples, diabetes, kidney … Read more

Purslane (Lona) – Uses, Qualities, Remedy, Research

By Dr Renita D’SouzaPurslane is widely used as folklore medicine. Its leaves are rich source in omega-3 fatty acids. WHO has given it the term ‘Global Panacea’ and listed under most used medicinal plant. In ancient times it was considered as anti-magic herb and used to protect against evil spirits. It was kept on the … Read more

Sunishanaka (Chaupathiya) – Uses, Remedies, Research

By Dr Renita D’SouzaSunishannaka (Marsilea minuta) in Ayurveda is considered as one of the wholesome diet included under vegetables. In ancient classical text books, Sunishannaka is mentioned as one among the combination of herbs used for the treatment of piles, vataraktha (gout), urusthamaba (thigh stiffness), cough of vata origin etc. The whole plant acts as … Read more

Gajakarna – Uses, Benefits, Qualities, Remedies, Research

By Dr Renita D’SouzaGajakarna is a plant with large leaves resembling elephant ears. Known as Leea in English, it is used both for culinary and medicinal purposes. It is used to treat wounds, pain, worm infestation, anemia, swelling, snake byte, typhoid, fracture, cancer etc. It is also called Hastikarna. Read – Pumpkin – Benefits, Remedies, … Read more

White jute Uses, Qualities, Remedies, Research

By Dr Renita D’SouzaWhite jute is a natural source of jute fiber. The plant is used as vegetable and also possesses medicinal values. It is used as a remedy for indigestion, fever, ascites, tumors, cystitis, dysuria and gonorrhea etc. It is called Kala Shaaka in Ayurveda. Its seed is known to be purgative in nature. … Read more

Taro Root (Colocasia) – Uses, Recipes, Remedies, Toxicity, Research

By Dr Renita D’SouzaTaro is a tuber crop and is a natural source of energy. It is considered as a good source of carbohydrates and potassium. Traditionally the plant is used as remedy for general debility, constipation, baldness, stomatitis, piles, liver ailments etc. Taro roots and tender leaves are used as vegetables. Juice of leaf … Read more

Divine Jasmine – Tamilnadia uliginosa – Qualities, Remedies, Research

By Dr Renita D’SouzaTamilnadia uliginosa is commonly known as Divine Jasmine. It is used widely for its medicinal properties. Traditionally fruits are used to treat diarrhea, cholera, dysentery, migraine, pimples, boils etc. Ripe fruits are sweet in taste, coolant and diuretic in nature. Unripe fruits are astringent and used as vegetable.It is called Pindara in … Read more

Water Spinach – Uses, Qualities, Remedies, Research

By Dr Renita D’SouzaWater spinach is a nutritious vegetable used for both culinary and therapeutic proposes. It is traditionally used to treat diabetes, constipation, opium poisoning, heavy metal toxicity, piles, ringworm etc. In Unani system of medicine, water spinach is used as carminative and used as a remedy to treat inflammation, fever, jaundice, bronchitis, biliousness, … Read more

Pat Shak (Jute Mallow) – Uses, Remedies, Research

By Dr Renita D’SouzaPat shak is an important source of jute fiber. It is used for both culinary and medicinal purposes. Traditionally jute mallow is used as a remedy in pain, dysentery, enteritis, fever and tumors. Its leaves are unctuous and diuretic. It relieves burning sensation and promotes the strength. Seeds are purgative in nature. … Read more

Snake Cucumber – Uses, Remedies, Medicinal Qualities

Dr Renita D’SouzaSnake cucumber is a natural coolant and a good source of vitamins C, A, K, and potassium. It is diuretic and used mainly in urinary and kidney problems. There are different varieties of snake cucumber. It is the most preferable fruit during summer which can be cooked or eaten raw. This fruit looks … Read more