Saturday, 30 July 2011


Haritaki - Mother of All Drugs

Haritaki is described as the ‘remover of diseases’. Hara is also the name of Lord Shiva, thus reflecting the sacred nature and exalted position of the plant but it literally means ‘green’ like the fruit. It is also called as  ‘Abhaya’ or ‘fearless’ of any disease. It is said to have originated when a drop of immortal nectar (amrita) fell from heaven to earth. It is considered to be the best herb for the digestive system and lungs.
Haritaki is useful in vitiation of all the three humors. It is better esp. in Vata disorders.
The following are the specific benefits of haritaki-

Deepaniya- Increases appetite 
Rasayana Rejuvenative; especially to vata and the large intestine (purishavaha srotas) 
Brimhana- Nourishing
Yogavahi -Catalyst enhancing the action of other herbs
Pachana- Digestive
Grahi- Absorbs fluids from the intestines (water decoction)
Lekhaniya- Scrapes accumulations from the tissues and channels 
Chakshushya- Improves the eyesight
Anulomana- Corrects the flow of vata downwards 
Stanyashodhana- Purifies breast milk 
Vibandha hara- Alleviates constipation
Kasahara- Anti-tussive(heals cough)
Medhya-Improves intellect 
Ayurvardhaka- Increases longevity 
Arshoghna- Anti-hemorrhoidal (Piles)

Topical Use Of Haritaki:
Its paste with water is anti-inflammatory, analgesic and is having purifying and healing capacity for wounds. Its decoction as a lotion is used for surgical dressing for early wound healing.
The paste gives relief to the eyelids, in case of conjunctivitis.
Equal parts of three Haritaki and catechu(Khadira) are made in a paste with clarified butter or some bland oil work as an ointment in chronic ulcerations, ulcerated wounds and other skin diseases with discharge.
 Haritaki is used for astringent purpose in hemorrhoids as well. Its decoction is used for gargling in oral ulcers, sore throat. Its powder is a good astringent dentrifice in loose gums, bleeding and ulceration in gums.
Haritaki & Abdominal Disorders:
It is good to increase the appetite, as digestive aid, Liver stimulant, as stomachic, as  gastrointestinal prokinetic agent, and mild laxative.
Haritaki has proven gastro-kinetic effect i.e. it helps in moving the contents of stomach better. So it can be used after surgeries and as adjuvant with other drugs that interfere with gastric motility as antihistaminic, atropine like drugs.
Base on its comprehensive properties, it promotes appetite and helps in digestion.
It stimulates the liver and protects it further by expelling the waste excretory products from the intestines.
The powder of Haritaki has been used in chronic diarrhea and sprue with good results. It should be used as hot infusion in these disorders. It is indicated in Protracted diarrhea with hematochezia and prolapse of rectum.
For persons with excessive gas in intestine, flatulence, it is a good herb that can be taken daily. it will relieve these conditions smoothly.
One compound Chebulagic acid from Haritaki has shown antispasmodic action like that of Papaverine.
Being a mild laxative, it is a mild herbal colon cleanse. With its other properties, it provides some help in conditions with Liver and Spleen enlargement and in Ascites. It is not a strong purgative like other herbs as Senna. It does the cleansing action very smoothly. Further it can be taken for a long time without any ill effects.
In Ayurveda haritaki is the best for 'Srotoshodhana' or purifying the channels of body.
Central Nervous System:
It is a good nervine. It is used in nervous weakness, nervous irritability. It promotes the receiving power of the five senses.
Heart & Blood Vessels:
It is used as adjuvant in hemorrhages due to its astringent nature. It helps in edema and various inflammations.
Lungs & Airways:
It is good for Chronic cough, coryza, Sore throat and asthma. It is used with other herbs in many holistic herbal formulations in Ayurveda.
Reproductive Or Sexual Health:
Being anti-inflammatory, and astringent, it is useful in urethral discharges like spermatorrhea, vaginal discharges like leucorrhea. It can be given as adjuvant in atonic conditions of Uterus.
Kidney & Urinary Bladder:
It is helpful in Renal calculi, dysurea, and retention of urine.
Skin Disorders:
It is useful in skin disorders with discharges like allergies, urticaria and other erythematous disorders.
Commonly Used names of Haritaki:
Hindi: Harade
Kannada: Alalekai
English: Myrobalan
Telugu: Karkchettu
Tamil: Kadukkaya

General Uses Of Terminalia Chebula:
It is given as adjuvant herb in Chronic fever. On long term use it is helpful in gaining weight in the emaciated persons and in losing weight in obese persons.
When taken with meals it sharpens the intellect, increases strength, stimulates the senses, expels the urine, stool and other waste materials from the body. It saves the person from the vitiating effects of bodily humors. Thus it is considered as an alterative and adaptogen.
Haritaki reduces the ill effects of fat rich, creamy and oily food. Haritaki is the definite aid for persons who habitually overeat. Further it can supplement the Cholesterol normalizing drugs.
The herb is used in preparing ‘Triphala’ that is used for hair wash, brush teeth in pyorrhea and treat bleeding gums.
Regular consumption of haritaki powder, fried in ghee, promotes longevity and boosts energy.
Powdered haritaki, mixed with jaggery, works well in gout.
Its powder, when mixed with honey and ghee, is an effective remedy for anemia.
Haritaki is combined with sunthi powder and given with hot water to lighten asthma and hiccups.
Its decoction, when taken along with honey, is of great help in hepatitis and obesity.
The herb improves memory and is salutary in dysuria and urinary stones.
Bhava Mishra, a great Ayurveda scholar of the Medival times has prescribed Ritu-Haritaki Prayoga.Haritaki is reputed for its alterative, adaptogenic and tonic effect when used throughout the year with different substances in different six seasons of the year.

Haritaki with Other Herbs:

If we review all the herbal formulations in Ayurveda's all classical texts, we will find haritaki to be one of the most frequently used ayurvedic herbs. In most of the compounds it is used as minor adjunct. In many others it is used as the foundation base of the entire formula - like in most of the electuaries or jams. It is the one of the prominent herb in formulations for asthma, cough, tonics, skin diseases, abdominal disorders.
Ayurvedic Holistic Approach With Haritaki:
The author Bhava Prakasha in his Materia Medica relates haritaki to be used with sugar in Pitta disorders, with salt in Vata disorders, with dried ginger in Kapha disorders.
Modern Clinical Research & Terminalia Chebula:
Haritaki can serve to act as an effective alternative to modern prokinetic drugs like metaclopramide.
anti-bacterial and antioxidant properties
Some preliminary evidence of its capability to be useful in HSV Herpes simplex virus.
Some anti-tumor activity and effect in inhibiting the HIV virus.
Anthraquinone and Sennoside like purgative activity. Ability to evacuate the bowel.
Wide antibacterial and antifungal activity, esp. against E. coli.

Haritaki should be sparingly used by lean individuals and pregnant women.
It should be avoided in severe debility, mental depression, while fasting and vitiated pitta conditions.

A saying in Sanskrit goes this way-
‘A mother may cause harm to her child sometime but never does haritaki when consumed by anybody’

Saturday, 23 July 2011

Amalaki -A wonder Drug

Ä€malaki -A wonder drug

A prestigious herb finds it mention in charaka samhita as a rasayana. Rasayana is that prevent aging and promote longevity. Extensively used herb in making ayurvedic medicines because of its miraculous actions. According to ayurvedic doctors regular usage of Amla will make you live more then 100 years like a youth. Amla is supposed to rejuvenate all the organ systems of the body, provide strength and wellness. It keeps us away from all the diseases by boosting our immune system.
Known as Emblica officinalis in biological terms and Amlaki in
Sanskrit language, is richest natural source of vitamin C. Amla possess five out of six rasa. Only lavana rasa is not present. It is sheeta virya (cold potency) in nature. It also possesses guru (heavy), ruksha (dry) and sheeta (cold) properties, which make it, work best on pitta disorders, although it helps in suppressing all the three aggravated doshas.
Amla has a medium sized tree, which ranges from 20 - 25 foot. It possesses yellow colored flowers that blossom from February to May. Its fruit is greenish yellow in appearance, which is available from October to April. It generally occurs in the area 4500 ft. above sea level. Plant part used is fruit.
Amla is a wonder herb with numerous indications. Due to its sheeta virya potency it is widely used in diseases caused by pitta disorders. It has found an esteemed place in ayurvedic preparations. Chawanaprasha, triphala and amlaki rasayana possess dominance of Amla. It is used to substitute vitamin C in disease like scurvy. It has actions on all the
systems of the body.
Following are the indications of Usage of Amalaki:
·Digestive system- due to presence of five rasas it finds its
application in decreased appetite, indigestion, acidity, constipation,
gastric troubles, and flatulence. It also helps in restoring mouth
taste and promotes salivation. It also strengthens the teeth. It is
helpful in improving liver function. Good results have also been seen
in gastric ulcers, as it is sheet virya in potency. It is also
beneficial in piles.
·Circulatory system- it has a good effect on circulatory system and is
of great importance to heart. It keeps check on all the toxins in the
body circulating in blood; moreover it also checks the plaque
formation in arteries, as it possesses tickta rasa. It helps in
lowering cholesterol and blood sugar level. It helps in producing good
quality red blood cells.
·Respiratory system- It is very helpful in countering kapha, hence
very helpful in throwing out sputum from the respiratory tract. It
gives very good results in chronic cough, child hood and allergic
asthma and tuberculosis.
·Nervous system- As it also helps in suppressing vata dosha therefore,
it is extremely helpful in providing nourishment to the nerves and is
helpful in paralytic conditions. It also works as brain tonic and
helps to grasp thing easily. It makes our sense organs work well and
makes our reflexes sharp It is also helpful in marinating calmness in
mind and suppresses mental tensions and stress. It also improves
general intelligence level of a person.
·Reproductive system- It helps in improving quality of sperms due to
its madhur (sweet) vipaka property. It is also helpful in curbing
discharges from vagina and is responsible for toning and providing
strength to the female genital tract.
·Excretory system- it is helpful in condition s like Dysurea (painful
·Skin- it is very helpful in skin diseases as it has sheet virya in
potency. It inhibits pitta and thus helps in getting relief from it.
All the skin disorders are caused by pitta dominance. Regular use of
Amla promotes glow on skin and delays wrinkles or loosening of skin.
Good results have been found in eczema.
·Hairs- its internal use as well as its local application on scalp
gives good results in hair loss. It stimulates hair follicles thus
promoting hair growth and also improves texture of the hair. It also
prevents premature graying of hairs and dandruff. Indian women
generally use Amla to wash their hairs, which act as natural hair
·It acts as anti pyretic(reduces fever) agent due to sheet virya potency. It also
acts as anti-inflammatory agent thereby suppresses pain and swelling.
·Eyes- It finds great application in improving eyesight. It also
counters diseases like reddening, itching and watering of eyes. Good
results have also been seen in cataracts.
·General -As it comes under the category of rasayana, hence works as
anti aging agent. It also improves general health weakness. It keeps
tridoshas i.e. vata pitta and kapha in balance there by marinating
equilibrium in body. It also makes our body's immune system strong
therefore help to fight diseases.
An Amla a day Keeps the Doctor Away

Saturday, 16 July 2011

Ritucharya -Varsha Ritu

Varsha Ritucharya
Rain rain go away...come again another day......
      This is what most Bangaloreans pray every time its likely to rain. Everyone is afraid of getting inflicted with cold, cough, fever, headache and so on. The rains takes away all the zeal especially from people who suffer from Asthma, Joint disorders, Arthritis, Psoriasis etc etc. Rains are supposed to bring happiness, joy and colors in our lives. We end up in falling ill. Why is it? Then How could our ancestors rejoice with celebrating series of festivals during this period?? 
Pondering over a solution for these, we realize that the answer is in understanding our relationship with our surroundings.
Understand your mother (nature) and obey her. This is what you can do to be healthy always.
Nature makes us realize its existence in different ways. One among the most important form is THE SEASON. Change over in seasons also brings significant changes in our body.  Ayurveda helps you understand what nature does to you and what you need to do to protect your health.
Let us have a brief description about the concept of Ritu and Ritucharya and then understand what and when for this season.
  Ritu means Season and Charya means following. Ritucharya is the observance of diet and regimen according to the seasonal changes. In Ayurveda, a year is divided into 2 kaala or periods based on the apparent position of the sun in the north and southern directions. They are
  1. Uttaraayana - north and
  2. Dakshinaayana - south
Ayana means journeying. Uttaraayana is also called Aadaana kaala or the taking away period. The sun and wind are powerful during this period. The sun takes away the energy of the people. Due to the heat, air becomes hot and drains the cooling effect of earth. Due to this, we get dehydrated and weakened and the atmosphere becomes hot and dry.
Dakshinaayana is also called Visarga kaala or the giving away period. The moon becomes powerful during this period. The sun releases its energy to the people, the earth cools down due to cold winds and rain. People regain their strength and nourishment that was lost in the Aadaana kaala.
Each year consists of six Ritus or seasons. Each Ritu comprises of two Maasas or months and three such ritus constitute one kaala. Hence Aadaana and Visarga kaalas each consist of six months and three ritus.
The six ritus and their characteristics can be summarized in the following table:

Kaala (Semester)
Ritu (Season)
Maasa (Month)
Characteristics of the Season
(Northeren Solastice)
Magha and Phalguna (mid January to mid march)
Cold and dewy
Chaitra and Vaisakha (mid March to mid May)
Jyeshthaa and Aashaadha (mid May to mid July)
(Southern Solastice)
Shravana and Bhadrapada (mid July to mid September)
Aashvina and Kartika (mid September to mid November)
Margshirsha and Pausha (mid November to mid January)
Varsha Ritucharya (Regimen during Rains)
Varsha in Sanskrit refers to Rain. In varsha Ritu, the water gets polluted due to rains. This is the season when humans are most prone to diseases. The water is heavy to digest. The atmosphere is cold and associated with dry winds. The agni (digestive activity) weakens further and gets vitiated by Vaata. Lack of sunshine as well as a cloudy atmosphere are uncongenial to health. Hence all methods to mitigate doshas and measures to enhance digestive activity should be adopted.
Effect on Dosha –  Increase in Vaata and Mild increase in Pitta.
Body & health condition during this season:  
  • Low digestion power
  • Low immunity and
  • Low body strength
Certain types of food are good to have during rainy season and we need to restrict certain food and other habits. 
Food to have during rainy season: 
Old grains, Old rice, Wheat, Barley, soup of pulses, thin supernatant water of curds, grape wine, honey.
Food having sour, sweet and salty taste.
An Ayurvedic drink made by adding a pinch of salt, pepper, long pepper and ginger is ideal to take . It helps to improve digestion power.
Food to avoid during rainy season: 
  • Food that causes Vata and Pitta imbalance such as food having bitter, hot and astringent principles, potato, etc.
  • Food items that are heavy to digest.
  • Frozen food stuff, ice creams.
  • Oily food stuff
Health tips for rainy season: 
  • Because it is not possible for out-door activities, you need to take special care to have indoor physical activities. Don’t let laziness grow on you.
  • Avoid Day-sleep
  • Ayurveda recommends every day sex is not ideal during this season.
  • Foot care for diabetics – Because the feet tend to get wet all the time, it is very important for everybody and especially diabetics to take a special foot care. As and when feet get wet, make sure to dry them immediately.
  • Similarly to avoid skin infections and itching, it is ideal to add 1 or 2 spoons of neem oil to half a cup of sesame oil and use this for massage before  hot water bath, at least once a week.
  • It makes sense to prefer hot water bath to cold water bath during rainy season. It helps to curb Vaata. Take luke warm water bath over your head. Do not let water stay on your head for log time.
  • Those who are prone to get joint pains and arthritis, better to avoid sitting or lying down on floor. Skin contact with a cold surface will cause tremendous Vata increase, leading to aggravation of pain.
  • It is better to wear footwear inside home during rainy season and in winters.
  • Cut your nails very regularly. Moisture between them, will invite infection.
  • Keep the body covered fully, do not wear sleeveless dress.
  • Dry hair as soon as you return home.
  • Hot water is better than cold water to drink.
  • Ayurveda recommends undergoing Panchakarma treatment during rainy season.
Do’s for this season:

Varsha Ritu (Rainy Season)
  • Easily digestible food to be taken.
  • Pulses, meat juice, soups, old grains and mastu (Supernatant fluid over curds ) can be taken in food.
  • Ginger, black pepper and lemon juice may be taken to reinforce appetite.
  • Leafy vegetables should be taken sparingly.
  • Foods should be hot and light with ghee, curd and honey.
  • River water is to be avoided for drinking.
  • Panchkarma can be done.
  • Avoid sleep in the day.
  • Avoid exertion and too much exposure to sunlight.
  • Avoid bathing in rivers
  • Regular exercise is beneficial

Shashtika Shaali

Shashtika Shaali 
Medicinal Rice – Unknown treasure 

Rice is Asia’s most deeply revered treasure. Rice is life for thousands of millions of people. It is deeply embedded in the cultural heritage, spiritual, traditions and norms of Asians. Rice over the centuries has sculpted the culture and traditions of India.
We find information on rice culture covering the last 5000 years in Vedas, Samhitas, Puranas, Kautilya’s Arthasastra, Buddhist and Jain literature. Several references of its medicinal value in context of human health are made by Ayurveda Acharyas-  Charaka and Susruta. The uses of rice in traditional medicine are closely interwoven with its use as a food.

Karnataka too had host of medicinal rice varieties that were cultivated many decades back. The versatility in climate, soil, topography and method of cultivation in Karnataka has made the state a source of diversity in rice. There is still an ancient practice of utilizing paddy varieties for medicinal purpose in the state, though it has not been highlighted. Among the medicinal rice varieties, Karibattha, Kalame, Karikalave, Doddabaira nellu, Kari gajivili and Sannakki are some of the prominent varieties.

Karibatha grown in Varada river basin of Sagara and Soraba region, is used to cure cure Herpes (Sarpa suttu). Also this rice is pound and mixed with jaggery and consumed as a tonic to keep the body cool. For any other skin problems a paste is prepared using flour of Karibatha variety which is mixed with red soil and lemon juice and applied to the affected area.The specialty of this variety is it can grow despite being submerged in flood water for a month.

‘Kalame’ grown in coastal region of the state is highly tasty and is used in curing piles or haemorrhoids. This variety can be stored for a longer period ‘for older the paddy more is its medicinal value’. Karikalave is a special variety among the medicinal diversity and is specific to Gulbarga and Bidar regions. Usually pregnant women and mothers are not fed with rice. But in these regions there is a custom of feeding this particular rice variety as it has medicinal value and can control acidity and cold. As it has high calcium content this variety is consumed by nursing mothers.

Sannakki is yet another variety that has medicinal value and is used to cure Diarrehea in children. It is grown around areas of Sirsi and Mundagodu of North Canara District.The variety is highly fragrant and ideal for preparation of Biryani, Payasam and Kesari bath. ‘Athikarya’ is yet another oldest variety that finds references in our folk traditions. There is an old saying that the variety was considered a sacred crop, as the belief goes that the grains of this variety were held fist full during oath taking. This variety is also used for cure diarrhea .
Ambe more is grown in rainfed areas of Belgaum district by very few farmers. When cooked rice has a pleasant aroma and is very soft. Porridge made from this variety is given to sick people in villages. The dryland paddy variety ‘Dodda baira nellu ’ grown in Bangalore Rural and Kolar districts is popular for its curative values for various diseases. A traditional sweet ‘burfi’ is prepared by pounding the rice and extracting milk, to which jaggery is added. Rice of the same variety is used by adding curd for curing diarrhea. Karinellu is another variety of Kanakapura taluk, Bangalore district that is used as medicine for jaundice.

Medicinal Rice  lab  test results

Sl no
Variety name
Protein %
Fat %
Carbohydrates %
Crude fibre%
Phosphorous %
Iron (mg)
Ambe mohar
Doddabayra nellu
Ankura sona
(Polished Hybrid variety)
 From the above stats, it is clear that the polished rice or hybrid rice has less Iron, calcium, fibre and protein as compared to other traditional red rice varieties.
Medicinal rice is available at selected outlets. One of the places where you can get all the above varieties of medicinal rice:
Sahaja Samrudha Organic Producer Company Ltd
No 569, Sajjan Rao Road , Near Trishal Lodge ,
V.V.Puram, Bangalore- 560 004 Phone: 080-26612315/ 9880862058

Wednesday, 6 July 2011


The Indus Valley (Sindhu Desha) is where the ancient Indian culture and civilization developed and the Salt Range of the Indus Valley is where Indians mined this salt thousands of years ago (Now the Hindu kush mountain range in Pakistan). The Salt Range lies between the Indus River and the Himalayan Range in the north of what is Pakistan today. The ancient Indians called the salt mined there as Saindhava lavana. That means Indus Valley salt or Indus Salt – the salt (lavana) from Sindh (Sindhu desha), the land along the Indus River – the Indus Valley. 

The pleasant and invigorating effect of Saindhava lavana was known in India thousands of years ago already. Saindhava lavana was used with great success by Ayurveda, the science of a long and healthy life.
Saindhava is a salt,naturally occurring,it is same like the salt which we use in our kitchen,but that salt is a chemical salt,i.e.NaCl,which is harmful for us.

Saindhava lavana originated from the salt of the ocean hundreds of millions of years ago. It has been protected from environmental pollution by overlying rock layers to this very day. As we know, today’s oceans are polluted with heavy metals, toxic chemicals, radioactive contaminants and crude oil that has run out from ships, etc.. That is why the salt obtained from the sea is contaminated to a greater or lesser degree, depending on where it is extracted. By contrast, Saindhava lavana is uncontaminated and pure and contains 74 trace minerals.

Saindhava lavana is a pure natural product with no release agents, free-flow agents, bleaching agents or any other additives. Saindhava lavana was formed in the Cambrium era of geological history 500 million years ago. Other rock layers were deposited on salt from dried-up oceans and have sealed the salt to this very day. The salt has matured deep inside the earth for millions of years and developed into one of the most valuable foods on earth.

Saindhava lavana is an amorphous, light rock. When enough heavier rock layers are deposited on  the salt and exert pressure on it, it escapes into cracks and cavities and is even pressed up while the heavier rock layers sink. In the process, salt forms mighty vertical salt domes, the upper ends of which reach up almost to the surface of the earth. These enabled human beings to mine the salt thousands of years ago already. Saindhava lavana is mined, washed by hand and dried in the sun. It is mined in different parts of the world. The largest rock salt mine is The Khewra Salt mines, Pakistan.
The colours

Saindhava lavana can be red, white and clear. The red coloration is from the natural iron content. Fine pink coloured salt stems from chunks of red salt. The finer the granules, the lighter coloured the salt appears when light is refracted. Fine white salt stems from chunks of white salt. White salt comes from white rock, and pink salt from red rock. Clear granules are obtained from clear, cube-shaped salt crystals.

Saindhava Lavanam is sweet, carminative and digestive. It is light and lubricating. It improves taste. It is cooling and aphrodisiac. It is subtle (Sookshma) and penetrates quickly. It is good for the eyes. It checks the three Doshas.
Dose:- 10 to 30 grains as a digestive and 120 to 240 grains as an emetic (causes vomiting).
Action:- (“Vrishyam chakshushyam ruchyam deepanam thridoshaghnam pootam vrana vibandhaghnam” Raaja Nighantu. 
Aphrodisiac, beneficial for the eyes,  improves taste perception, kindles the digestive fire, pacifies the imbalance of all the doshas, heals ulcers.
“Mriduseetaa veeryatwaat pittaharam” Sushruta-Sutra.Ch. 40). 
It is pittahara due to its mridu sheeta veerya.

Cooling when compared with Samudra lavana (ocean salt), digestive, preservative and antiseptic. 
When analyzed according to Modern Chemistry, it is said to contain sodium chloride, pottasium Iodate and different essential minerals.
Uses:- It enters into the composition of many medicines used as carminatives and digestives.
Externally, it is used as a lotion for washing bad ulcers. Saturated solution of salt in water is dropped into the eye on the opposite side in scorpion bite. 
Why the Best?
Ayurveda has described mainly 5 types of salts viz, 1. Saindhava lavana 2. Sauvarchala lavana 3. Samudra lavana 4. Bida lavana 5. Audbhija Lavana. These all are elaborately mentioned in the texts of Ayurveda, but Saindhava Lavana is considered as best among all. Let us know why it is the best among all ??
Sindhu Salt or Saindhava Lavana is full of the health enhancing qualities and thus only it is considered as best among all. Bhavaprakash Nigantu has mentions its synonyms as Astri, Manimantha (That which is found on Manimantha mountain), Shita shiva ( which has soothing properties).
The taste of Saindhava salt is Sweet, Also it is having properties like Sukshma, Laghu, and Snigdha, having Sheeta virya, mitigates all the three doshas and having Cardio protective properties, Appetizing properties. It is useful in many of the sufferings like Vrana dosha(Ulcers),Mala stambha (constipation), Heart diseases etc.. Among all the five types of salt, only saindhava lavana is good for the eyes, heart and is aphrodisiac. 
Saindhava salt also strengthens the bones and which increases the physical growth.  Many of the people use the Saindhava salt during the Upavasa(fasting). 
The use of the sea salt is increasing now a days which results into the infertility, vision related problems. In such conditions, Saindhava salt has become the only option.
Saindhava salt is used as both article and 2. Medicine. It has also been mentioned as a great medicine due to its unique qualities.
Few of the medicinal usage of Saindhava salt has been mentioned here.
  • Throat ache/ Tonsilitis: Gargle with a pinch of saindhava with 1/2 a glass of luke warm water 3-4 times a day.
  • Asthma: Mix 1 tsp of Saindhava in 50 ml of Tila taila (sesamum oil), warm the oil and apply over chest and back. This helps in relieving breathlessness.
  • Swollen feet: Keep your feet dipped in luke warm water mixed with saindhava for 15 min to get immediate relief from swollen feet.
  • Headache: Apply Saindhava with tila taila and karpura(camphor)-1 pinch over your forehead and gently massage. This will relieve headache immediately.
  • Excess fat: Burn your excess lose fat around your tummy and hips by applying Tila Taila mixed with Saindhava and turmeric. 
  • Ear ache :- Karna purana (filling of ear cavity) with saindhava lavana mixed with goat’s urine or Tila tiala (sesamum oil)
  • Dog bite: - The Saindhava salt mixed with the juice of aloevera should be heated and given for three days.
  • Chronic rhinitis(running nose and sneezing): -Saindhava salt should be taken along with warm water at night.
  • In krimi Roga (worm infestation)- Basti (enema) is given with saindhava mixed warm water.
Also it is used in many of the Ayurvedic preparations e.g. Hingvashtaka churna, Bhaskara lavana churna, Dashanakanti churna etc. It is also used in many other treatments like Asthapan Basti as it increases the osmotic pressure. 
Saindhava Lavana is available in all Ayurveda stores in packs of 500gms and 1kg costing not more than   50 per Kg.
Rush today and buy Saindhava lavana for your healthy living