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ayurveda health benefits  of FoxNut (Euryale ferox ) or “Makhana”

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Ayurveda health benefits  of Fox Nut (Euryale ferox ) or “Makhana”

makhana- foxnut



The plant fox nut with scientific name Euryale ferox belongs to the family Nymphaeaceae. It is popularly known as “Makhana” in India. It grows in water and is found in India, Korea, Japan and Russia.

Foxnut plant does not have stem. It has large round leaves and produces bright purple flowers. The whole plant is covered with small thorns (kantaka) .The leaves of fox nut plant have green upper surface and purple shaded lower surface. This plant produces fruits which are about the size of a small orange. Each fruit contains 8-10 seeds which are of pea size.

According to texts of ayurveda foxnut or makhana tastes sweet ( madhura rasa) and is heavy (guru) to digest. It increases moisture level in body tissues (snigdha and sheeta veerya).

Medicinal properties of makhana
The seeds of foxnut are used in ayurvedic preparations. Fox nut alleviates vata and pitta dosha. It strengthens the heart and is very useful in anemia. Makhana increases quality and quantity of semen, prevents premature ejaculation, increases libido and helps in female infertility. It is an important ingredient of herbal preparations used for erectile dysfunction. It strengthens body and increases energy level. Because of its aphrodisiac properties it is grouped under "vrishyadi varga". The herbs under this group are used in vajikarana therapy.

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