Ayurvedic remedies, like Chyawanprash, often feature ingredients that have been used for thousands of years. Vasaka or malabar nut tree leaf is one of them. This ingredient is often incorporated into formulas due to its natural healing properties. Although all parts of the plant are used medicinally, the leaves are more commonly used.
What exactly does it do? Why is it considered so useful? Below is a list of some of the major medicinal uses of the Malabar nut tree leaf.
Treating Respiratory Infections
The malabar nut has natural antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. That’s why it’s long been used to treat such conditions as respiratory infections. In fact, many Ayurvedic remedies for such conditions feature the malabar nut as their primary ingredient. Along with respiratory infections, the ingredient is also used to treat coughs and asthma.
The antibacterial and antimicrobial properties of the malabar nut also make it useful when a person has a fever. Although it’s important to address the direct cause of the fever, there are instances when this ingredient can help alleviate symptoms.
Improve Drinking Water
There’s also evidence to suggest that the antibacterial properties of the malabar nut can reduce the presence of bacteria in drinking water. Thus, if you want to make your water even more healthful and safe, you may want to consider adding this ingredient to it. You can do so by making the leaves into a paste with a mortar and pestle and adding to water.
Removing bacteria isn’t the only reason to add the paste from malabar nut leaves to your water. Doing so has also been known to help with indigestion. It’s a safe, often effective way to address an uncomfortable but common problem. For even stronger results, you might want to add some ginger to your water as well. The combination of these ingredients can significantly reduce your symptoms.
Studies have revealed that the malabar nut is very effective at promoting the healing of wounds in calves and bleeding. The juice from the leaves can help with peptic ulcers and hemmoroids, while a paste made from the leaves can be applied directly to bleeding gums to heal them.
These are just a few of the medicinal uses for Malabar leaf and some of the reasons why this powerful ingredient is included in Chyawanprash.
Reviewed by Dr. Jayant Lokhande, MD (Botanical Drugs), MBA (Biotechnology)