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Bala - Sida cordifolia Edit



Not used in Chinese medicine


Bala is best for vata (encourage sweet growth and strength);



decreases vata, decreases pitta, decreases kapha.In excess, bala increases ama


Tridoshic herb


Second most important giver of strength Herb, aphrodisiac, heart, lungs, nervous system,


Good for all tissues (seven dhatus, vata in mamsa, meda, shukra, artava.


Ayurvedic Medicine uses several varieties of the mallow family (like marshmallow) as tonic, demulcents and rejuvenative. These include bala, mahabala ([[wp>sida rhombifolia]]), and atibala ([[wp>Abutilon indicum]]), as well as cotton roots, the roots of the cotton plant ([[wp>Gossypium hirsutum]]). Though they all possess similar properties, bala is more effective heart tonic, and atibala is a stronger diuretic, while cotton roots is heating and is a stronger emmenagogue.


bala is a tonic and rasayana (rejuvenative or adaptogen) for all kinds of vata disorders.


Bala feeds the nerves and is soothing for arthritis pain. It is also rejuvenative, nutritive and stimulant to the heart.


For deep seated , intermittent fevers, it can be given with ginger or black pepper. It relieves inflammation of nerve tissue.As a milk decoction with sugar, it is good nutritive and aphrodisiac. It promotes Healing tissue in chronic infectious diseases.


guna: guru, snigdha / picchila


rasa: madhura


virya: shita




dhatu: rakta, mamsa, ojas (enhancer) shukra, asthi, rasa


organ: madhyama marga, duodenum, respiratory tract


Main action: rejuvenative, aphrodisiac, nervine, analgesic, anabolic, cardiac, demulcent


uses: tonic general debility, undernourished, vata disorders (sciatica, neuralgia, facial paralysis, rheumatism),


nervine (despression, anxiety, muscle debility, migraine, nerve pain , pressure, tinnitis),


reproductive (premature ejaculation., spermatorrhea),


asthma, heart disease, chronic fever,


Bala is the best pediatric tonic (combined with cardamom, bala increases digestion and increases weight in vata-disturbed children), preventive use (vata take 1 teaspoon /day = 1/3 teaspoon with each meal)


contraindications: don't take in the evening, due to bala containing a small amount of ephedra constituents can increase energy.Roots and stems contain the alkaloid ephedrine, normally observed in the different varieties of ephedra belonging to the Gymnosperms


Don't give bala, if there is much ama present



Sanskrit verse:


balan snigdhaa himaa Svaaduh

Vrishvaa balyaa tridoshanuth

raktapitta kshayam hanti

balaujo vardhayatyapi


Source of Sanskrit Verse: Dhanvantari [[wp>Nighantu]]


bala is greasy, cooling and sweet. It is an aphrodisiac and strengthening. It checks the three doshas, rakta, pitta and kshaya.


It improves strength and ojas.



Bala - Sida cordifolia


bala= strength


aka Chikana= bush, use root bark and fresh leaves


Rasa: sweet


Virya: cooling


Vipak: sweet


Action on Doshas:tridoshicV vP vK v




snigdha - oily, unctuous


shayagna = anti -tubercular


grahi - binding


shaitya - cooling virya


balya - gives energy, energizer, promotes vigor and vitality (virya paramita)


pushtikar - enhances bulk of body, anabolic action, promotes growth, nourishment and nutrition


acts on all 7 dhatus, best food for all dhatus



cordifolia -card = heart, folia = leaves


acts on heart (hridayam), cardiac tonic, enhances tone of heart muscle


tranquilizing action - induces natural sleep


promotes growth hormone - tx shunted growth, dwarfism





neuro-muscular dystrophy, debility, muscle fatigue, muscular weakness, tiredness, TB or tuberculosis, rheumatoid arthritis, diarrhea, bleeding disorders, dwarfism


take with milk for insomnia


1 /2 - 1 tsp. BID or TID


don’t use if ama because will increase ama



Adapted from Fair Use Source: Vaidya Vasant Lad, BAMS, MAsc - Anisha Durve, L.Ac, DOM - Ayurvedic Institute Herb Seminar 1999-06-18-24, 1999



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