Amaltas is a miraculous herb that is of deciduous origin. It is usually medium-sized growing to a height of 25 cm.The plant goes by the botanical name Cassia fistula is chiefly indigenous to India and Pakistan.
It is famed as the “Golden Rain Tree” owing to its beautiful hanging yellow flowers, fruits in the form of pendulous, cylindrical, indehiscent pods bearing 20-25 shiny black, seeds. The fruit pods are mainly green when ripe and darn brown when they reach maturity.
Chemical Constituents –
Amaltas comprises an array of bioactive constituents including Glycosides, Anthraquinones, Fistulic Acid, Sennosides, Sugars, Saccharose, Mucilage, Pectin, Anthraquinones, Rhein, Rheinglucoside, Sennosides A And B, Emodin, Chrysophanic Acid, Phlobaphenes, Fistuacacidin, Lupeol, and Sterols like Beta-Sitosterol And Hexacosanol.
Effects on Doshas –
Being heavy and oily, it pacifies the Pitta (fire and air) doshas and Kapha (earth and water) doshas whereas having a sweet metabolic taste and cold potency, the herb often aggravates the Vata (air) doshas.
Useful Part –
Each part of this wonder plant has therapeutic as well as curative value.
• The fruit pulp is used for both medicinal purposes and to heal wounds.
• The leaves being an integral component is used for the preparation of ointments, creams, and poultices.
• The bark has potent astringent-like properties and used for relieving inflammatory conditions.
The effective therapeutic dosage of Amaltas may vary from person to person
• Fruit Pulp: 5-10 gm
• Amaltas Vati: 1-2 capsules, 2 times a day
• Flower Churna/powder: 5-10 gm
• Amaltas Avaleha: 1-2 teaspoons a day, once a day
• Cold Infusion Of Bark/ Decoction: 50-100 ml
Therapeutic Benefits –
• Good for Digestion.
The anti-flatulent property of the roots reduces the formation of gas in the alimentary canal, thus reducing bloating, flatulence, and abdominal distension. The abundance of fibre in the root powder makes this a powerful remedy for constipation and other digestive issues. The antacid property of the herb prevents the formation of excessive acids in the stomach thereby treating indigestion, ulcer, gastritis and promoting better absorption of nutrients in the body.
• Bleeding Disorders.
The miraculous fibrinolytic properties of the active ingredients help in forming clot at the site of wound and hence treats bleeding disorders and infections.
• Urinay Tract Infections.
It is a potent remedy for treating urinary disorders like urinary incontinence, painful urination, and burning sensation while urinating.
• Liver Disorders.
Amaltas makes for a magical remedy for most liver anomalies especially jaundice, in which the liver gets mostly effected.It also cleanses and detoxifies the liver and improves liver functioning.
• Respiratory Infections.
It helps in treating the common cold, sore throat, cough and flu symptoms. Being a Kapha pacifier, it actively thins and loosens the deposits within the chest and nasal cavities and hence eases breathing and helps the body to get rid of mucus. It is also beneficial for treating asthma and other bronchial conditions.
Side Effects –
Excess use of any part of the plant can cause nausea, dizziness, diarrhoea, and dysentery. The herb is not recommended for small kids, pregnant women and lactating mothers.
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