Vidarikand a perennial herb which is commonly known as Indian Kudzu. It is a large climber with tuberous roots and stem shrubby The tubers (roots) of this rejuvenating herb are mostly used as an immunity booster and restorative tonic. It’s botanical name is is Pueraria Tuberosa and belongs to Fabaceae family.
Chemical Composition –
The tuber of the plant contain β–Sitosterol, Stigmasterol, Duidzein, Puerarin and isoflavone C–Glycoside–4’6”–Diacetylpuerarin. It also contains pure compounds, puerarin, daidzein and tuberosin.
Effects on Doshas –
It chiefly pacifies the Pitta (fire and air) doshas and Vata doshas (i.e., air) while an excess of it often aggravates the Kapha (earth and water) 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).
Useful Part –
Tuber is the useful part of this herb.
• Vidarikand Powder – 2-3 gm twice a day with lukewarm milk after meal or as directed by the doctor.
• Vidarikand Capsule – 1 capsule twice a day with lukewarm milk after meal or as directed by the doctor.
• Vidarikand Tablet – 1 tablet twice a day with lukewarm milk after meal or as directed by the doctor.
Vidarikand helps in reducing alcohol consumption due to its antioxidant properties. It fights against the free radicals (coming from alcohol) which prevents cell damage.
• Improves fertility and libido
Vidarikand helps to maintain a healthy sexual life and reduces the symptoms of sexual weakness like erectile dysfunction and delayed ejaculation due to its Vajikarna (aphrodisiac) property.
• Good for lactating mothers
promotes lactation and increases the production of milk in breast thus provides nourishment to lactating mothers.
• Improves heart health
Vidarikand might be useful in managing Coronary heart disease due to its antioxidant property. It prevents the formation of blood clots which improves the flow of blood to the heart.
• Manages Diabetes
It helps reduce the blood sugar levels and also prevents damage to pancreatic cells, which leads to enhanced insulin secretion and sensitivity.
• Diabetic neuropathy
It helps in the management of diabetic nephropathy (kidney damage due to diabetes).
• Good for athletes performance
Vidarikand promotes physical strength due to its ability to stimulate growth hormones. It also helps in improving chest circumference, muscular strength, and body weight.
• Reduces high blood pressure
Itcan also reduce blood pressure by widening the blood vessels and improving blood flow.
• Improves menopausal symptoms
It might help reduce menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes and improve dryness in the vaginal area.
• Good for respiratory infections
Vidarikand helps to reduce the symptoms of flu and fights against seasonal changes due to its Rasayana (rejuvenating) properties. It thins and loosens rheum deposits within the chest and nasal cavities and hence eases breathing and helps the body to get rid of mucus. It is also beneficial in treating bronchitisand asthmatic conditions.
• Improves digestion and reduces gastritis
It helpsin reducing pain and inflammation in the stomach by reducing the production of certain inflammation-causing chemicals. It also inhibits the production of gastric acid in the stomach and gives relief from acidity.
• Healing properties
Vidarikand helps in quick healing of wounds, decreases swelling and brings back the normal texture of the skin due to its Ropan (healing) property.
• Slow down ageing
It improves overall strength of the body and delays ageing process.
Side effects –
An excess of it may lead to certain complications like headache, fever and dizziness. It can also act like a contraceptive and suppress ovulation in females if taken in excess. Vidarikhand in any form is highly contraindicated in people already suffering from and taking other medications for heart disease, diabetes, pregnancy, liver and kidney anomalies. Consult a doctor before starting to take this herb.
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