Talmakhana, popularly known as Kokilaksha, is an extensive Rasayanic herb that is widely used for the treatment and management of erectile dysfunction and several other inflammatory conditions.The term ‘Kokilaksha’ is made up of two words where ‘Kokila’ means ‘the Indian bird Cuckoo’ and ‘Aksha’ means ‘eyes’. So, the term simply means ‘eyes like the bird cuckoo’.
It is a rejuvenative herb that grows to a height of 3-5 feet and is commonly found thriving well in the fields, marshlands and water sources all over India. The plant is erect and robust and an annual herb featuring pale to purple flowers and oblanceolate leaves. It usually bores oblong fruits which are 4 to 8 seeded.
It aggravates the Kapha doshas (earth and water) and pacifies Vata (air) and Pitta (fire and air) doshas. Owing to the essential properties and doshas, the herb has a positive effect on the various Dhatus (i.e. body tissues) which are Rasa (i.e. Plasma), Rakta (i.e. Blood), Mamsa (i.e. Muscles), Asthi (i.e. Bones) and Shukra (i.e. Reproductive Fluids).
It’s botanical name is Asteracantha longifolia which belongs to Acanthaceae family.
Part Used –
The seeds of talmakhana are used for medicinal purposes.
The effectual therapeutic dosage of Talmakhana may vary from person to person depending upon the age, body strength, effects on appetite, severity, and condition of the patient.
• Talmakhana Churna/ Powder – ¼ – ½ tsp twice a day.
• Talmakhana Gutika/ Capsule – 1-2 capsule twice a day.
• Male Reproductive System
Talmakhana is typically indicated for improving men’s health. Being a natural apphrodisiac, it has powerful spermatogenic properties that are extremely beneficial for treating oligospermia (i.e. low sperm count), hypospermia (low volume of semen), asthenozoospermia (i.e. sperm motility), teratospermia (i.e. abnormal sperm shape) and enhances spermatogenesis (i.e. sperm production). The abundance of antioxidants improves the production of male hormones like testosterone and luteinizing hormone. It also treats conditions like erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation. It also increases virility and stamina in men.
• Psychotic Problems
Talmakhana is extremely useful for treating different types of psychotic problems like depression, dementia, etc. It normalises the vata and pitta doshas in the body which in turn keeps the serotonin level under control and helps to reduce various symptoms of anxiety which includes restlessness, uneasiness, cold hands, and feet, etc.
• Pain & Inflammation
It the ultimate choice for providing relief from pain and inflammation due to arthritis. Gout which is known as Vatarakta in Ayurveda generally stems due to vitiation of Vata doshas and accumulation of uric acids in the joints, thus Talmakhana gives relief in gout pain.
The appetizing property of talmakhana aids in the digestion of food, improves appetite, promotes absorption of nutrients and thereby ensures that the person eats healthily. It helps treating conditions like flatulence, bloating, constipation, and abdominal distension.
• Liver Problems
The seeds of talmakhana are blessed with strong hepatoprotective and hepatostimulative qualities which makes it vital during jaundice, in which the liver gets mostly effected. It also helps in regulating the production of bile and ridding the body of harmful substance.
• Immunity booster
This powerful herb plays a pivotal role in improving the general stamina and energy level of the body. The active ingredients in talmakhana reduces weakness and fatigue and improves the vitality of the various organs. It also improves the function of the adrenal glands which in turn helps in reducing the stress levels.
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