According to ayurveda banana balances vata dosha and pitta dosha but increases kapha dosha. Its medicinal properties help in treating impotence, male infertility, and low weight.
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Banana in Ayurveda
This plant is known as “Kadali” in Sanskrit. The fruit is known as “kadali phala”. Fruits, stems and flowers are regularly used in south Indian cuisine.
Banana is the largest herbaceous flowering plant. This plant grows 6 to 7.5 meters tall. This herb belongs to genus “musa”. The plant has soft pseudo stem and spirally arranged long leaves. Leaves may grow 2.5 meters long and ½ meter wide.
It has other synonyms like
- Sanskrit – Mocha , Ambusara, Amsumati, and Rambha
- English – Banana
- Kannada – Baalehannu
- Hindi – Kela
- Marathi – Keli
- Tamil – Vaalai
- Malayalam – Pazham / Vazha Pazham
- Bengali : Kollaa
- Telugu : Arati Pandu
Ayurveda Properties, Uses and Health Benefits of Banana
Acharya Bhava Prakasha explain medicinal properties and uses of banana as follows.
Banana has madhura rasa or sweet taste. It is cold in potency (sheeta veerya) and heavy to digest (guru). It increases moistness of tissues.
Ayurveda Health Benefits of Raw banana
Raw banana or green banana is a store house of minerals, vitamins and carbohydrates. It contains potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc etc. Vitamins A, B, C, B-6 etc are also available in plenty. Potassium helps to reduce high blood pressure. There is a strong link between hypertension or high blood pressure and erectile dysfunction. As potassium helps to reduce high blood pressure, it also helps in erectile dysfunction. Recent studies have shown that calcium is needed for sperm motility. Raw Banana is an ideal food for men to keep their sexual life healthy and active.
Can cause Constipation:
Raw banana causes constipation. Hence when you use raw banana drink plenty of water and use spices like cumin seeds, coriander, coconut etc to improve digestion.
Helps in Gout and Herpes
It increases kapha. But pacifies diseases which arise due to imbalance of rakta dhatu or blood. (Vitiation or imbalance of rakta dhatu can cause increased uric acid level in blood or gout, herpes , genital herpes, oral herpes, acne and pimple ).
Reduces thirst and acidity
Cooked raw banana helps to reduce thirst in fever. It also reduces burning sensation in acidity.
Increases body bulk and strength
Cooked raw banana helps to increase body weight and boosts body strength.
Ayurveda Medicinal Uses and Benefits of Ripe Banana
Ripe banana remains sweet through out digestion.
Acts as Aphrodisiac or vrushya
Banana contains calcium in good amount. Through researches it has been found that calcium helps to increase sperm motility. Banana is an ideal food for men to keep their sexual life healthy and active. Ayurveda vaidyas advice to consume this fruit in vajikarana therapy diet.
Very useful in to Gain Weight (brumhana) .
Persons who have low body weight can use this fruit. Ripe banana has high glycemic index (madhura rasa ) and also contain plenty of carbohydrates.It contains potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc etc. Vitamins A, B, C, B-6 etc are also available in plenty. These nutrients strengthen the bone and presence of iron helps to boost the production of haemoglobin. This helps persons who suffer from low body weight and anemia.
Helps in High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure occurs due to high sodium level and low potassium level. Ripe banana contains plenty of potassium. This helps to balance sodium potassium level and reduce hypertension or high blood pressure. There is a strong link between hypertension or high blood pressure and erectile dysfunction. As potassium helps to reduce high blood pressure, it also helps in erectile dysfunction. This fruit reduces the risk of stroke.
Banana has rich fiber content. This helps to increase bowel movement. Thus people who suffer from constipation are highly benefited by consumption of this fruit. High fiber and iron content, makes this fruit an ideal snack item for pregnant ladies. This prevents constipation which arises due to pregnancy.
Useful in Cystitis and UTI
This fruit soothes inner layers of bladder and acts as urinary coolant. Hence it is recommended in cystitis and uti. The fruit is used in herbal preparations for bed wetting in children.
Other Health Benefits of Ripe Banana
Apart from these benefits banana acts as a brain tonic and helps to boost memory power. It calms nervous system, reduces stress and depression. This magic fruit helps to overcome morning sickness and heart burn.
Ripe bananas are ideal food for infants. Face mask of ripe mashed bananas help to rejuvenate skin and prevent formation of wrinkles. This fruit help to supply required vitamins and minerals to smokers who are trying to quit smoking. The craving for nicotine reduces by consumption of this wonderful fruit.
Health Benefits of Banana Stem
- Banana stem is high in fibre. Hence when used in salads help in good bowel movement and relieves constipation.
- The stem juice is a good diuretic and helps to expel small kidney stones. When mixed with cardamom this juice aids in soothing bladder and gives relief in Cystitis and UTI.
- Consumption of raw stem pieces in salad helps in weight loss.
- It is also useful in lowering blood cholesterol and blood sugar level.
The flowers are useful in diabetes and ulcers. The leaves of this plant are used in nature cure treatments like mud bath, banana leaf bath etc. The tender leaves have cooling and soothing effect when applied on burns.
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