Vidanga, is one of the powerful anti-parasitic herbs of Ayurveda. It is widely used against intestinal worm infestation. Its botanical name is Embelia ribes belongs to Myrsinaceae family. It is commonly known as false black pepper, has various medicinal properties and is used in various ayurvedic formulations.Vidanga is a large perennial scandent evergreen shrub, 1.2-2.5 m high, with long slender, flexible branches.
Chemical Compounds –
Vidanga contains various chemical compounds like embelin, embelinol, embeliaribyl ester, embeliol, and vilangin.
Effect on Tridosha –
Because of its hot potency, it balances Kapha and Vata Doshas.
Part used –
Fruits and root is the part used for medicinal purposes.
• Vidanga Churna – ¼-½ teaspoon twice a day.
• Vidanga Capsule – 1-2 capsule twice a day.
Both could be taken with honey or lukewarm water after meals.
• Intestinal Worms
Vidanga is a useful herb to manage worm infestation that includes threadworms, roundworm and types of worms due to its Krimighna property.
It controls vomiting, nausea, indigestion, and flatulence due to its hot potency. It also helps manage constipation due to its Rechana (laxative) property.
It has an antidepressant effect which helps in managing depression due to its Vata balancing property.
• Throat infection
It has Kapha pacifying property as a result of which it reduces cough and throat infection.
A paste of Vidanga leaves help to improve skin complexion, reduce hyperpigmentation, and promote wound healing due to its Kashaya (astringent) properties.
Vidanga also works on reducing fat and clearing all toxins present in the body because of its hot potency that improves digestion and helps in the elimination of undigested foods.
• Skin disease
It helps to control skin diseases by reducing toxins from the blood due to its Shodhan (purification) property.
Side Effects –
Because of its contraceptive effect, its long term usage should be done with care in cases of infertility.
It can be used in children and lactating mothers. But pregnant ladies should seek medical advice.
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