Kokilakasha or Asteracantha Longifolia is a small thorny herb which grows to 2-4 feet height. The flowers are purple in colour and have orange streaks. The seeds of this plant are red in colour and when kept in mouth feel sticky and slippery. It usually grows in marshy areas where water is available. It can be found near ponds, paddy fields etc.
According to principles of ayurveda this plant is heavy to digest and improve moistness of tissues. It increases mucous secretion and acts as a binding agent. It tastes sweet (madhura rasa) and cold in potency.
Health Benefits of Kokilaksha or Asteracantha Longifolia
Effect on Doshas: It pacifies vata and pitta . This plant increases Kapha.
Seeds of this plant effectively normalise vata. Since Vata controls nervous system, the seeds of kokilaksha are effective in nervous disorders like weakness of nerves. It is effective in vataraktha or Gout, since gout is caused due to vitiation of vata. Ayurvedic practitioners use this herb in other disease in which vitiation of vata is prominent.
Kokilaksha is very effective in diseases of digestive system. This plant stimulates Liver and normalises bowel movement. Hence roots of this plant are used in liver diseases like Jaundice, enlargement of liver and bloating due to constipation.
Seeds of this plant are very good aphrodisiac. Ayurveda acharyas recommend this herb in male infertility. The seeds effectively increase sperm count and sperm motility. Hence the conditions like low sperm count can be improved by use of this herb. The seeds of Kokilaksha are best herbal ayurvedic remedy for Erectile Dysfunction. The erectile dysfunction capsule Rejuzoa from Moolika Ayurveda contains this herb.
Researches have shown that this plant has hypoglycaemic activity and improves blood sugar level in diabetic patients. Hence Rejuzoa Capsules which contain kokilaksha are recommended in Vajikarana Therapy for diabetic Patients. It has dual benefits i.e. it controls blood sugar level and also helps to rectify erectile dysfunction.
This plant has very good diuretic properties. It increases urine output. Due to this property Kokilaksha is used in conditions like urinary calculi and cystitis.
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