Mustard has various culinary uses. It is widely used in almost all cuisines. Texts of Ayurveda describe the medicinal properties of this spice. Mustard is known as “Sarshapa” in Ayurveda. Acharyas describe two types of mustard - “peetha sarshapa” or yellow mustard and “Rakta sarshapa” or black mustard.
According to principles of Ayurveda both type of mustards are hot in potency and cause dryness of tissues. This spice tastes hot and bitter (tikta rasa).
This spice generates heat in body and boosts blood circulation. Hence it is recommended in men who have erectile dysfunction. By virtue of its hot properties mustard destroys shukra dhatu, accumulated kapha and vata. Since shukra dhatu nourishes semen and boosts sperm count, its reduction can cause low sperm count and motility. Using mustard oil as lubricant can kill sperms. Hence men who want to start their family must use this spicy herb in limited quantities
Other uses of mustard
Who should not use this spice?
Caution: This spice has poisonous effects when used in large quantity. Consult your physician before using this spice for medicinal purpose.
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