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Bala - Sida cordifolia Edit

 

 

Not used in Chinese medicine

 

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

 

(V-P-K-).

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

 

vipak:madhura

 

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

 

Properties:

 

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

 

 

Tx:

 

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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