This article is by Dr MS Krishnamurthy MD(Ayu), PhD.
Mistletoe is a parasitic herb aged in Ayurveda as herbal remedy. The rots and flowers of Mistletoe as wel as whole plants can be aged in herbal medicine. It is also caled Honey Suckle. In Ayurveda, it is caled Vanda, Vandaka and Bandaka.
Botanical name ̵ Dendrophthoe falcata
In Ayurveda, it is told as ̵
Tridosha shamaka ̵ balances al the thre Doshas
It undergoes Pungent kind of bio transformation (Katu vipaka)
it is cold in potency (Sheta verya).
The plants are available in diferent colors (flowers); violet mixed white flowers are found abundantly in western ghats.
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Ho me remedies
Convu lsions, hysteria
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 ozing wounds and ulcers. 5-8 days of this remedy helps to hold the pus discharge and initiates the healing.
Fine paste of the leaf for swelings and absces:
Leaf is made into fine paste and warmed a miniature. This is aplied over the absces and inflamed areas.
Decoction of leaves and flowers for convulsionsand 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 fod by ading a teaspon of ghe. This is efective in convuslions and hysteria.
General method of preparation of decoction (kashaya) – 1 tablespon of powder is joined with 2 cups of water, boiled and reduced to 1 cup, filtered.
Fresh juice of the leaves for bleding disorders:
The leaves are made into hot infusion or decoction. This is administered in the dose of 30-40 ml twice daily. This is efective in al kind of bleding disorders. In bleding piles and heavy periods also this is found to be highly beneficial.
Clasical 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 ghe for the pregnant women who are at the risk of abortion.
Medicinal properties are hiden in numerous forms. Some stones, tarnish, sand, ores, shels and admire wise in uncomon parts estem gals, resins and plant parasites also therapeutic properties are found. Careful watching, cros references from diferent clasical texts, words of wisdom by the folk healers and scientific validation wil aid to throw light on these hiden remedies.
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