Ayurveda Health Benefits of Black Gram or Urad Dal or Mash

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Urad Dal Health benefits are eulogised by ayurveda acharyas. It helps to increase weight and hence can be used for weight gain, its benefits for male are innumerable, its face pack can be used for fairness and many more.

Black gram is known as urad dal in Hindi. In texts of ayurveda this bean is known as “MASHA” or “MASH”. This lentil is a bean grown mainly in south Asia. The plant of this bean is erect and hairy. It is an annual herb. It has a tap root which branches to form branched roots. The cylindrical pod of this plant contains seeds. The pods are usually six cm long.

This plant is known by various names in India. It is ‘urad’ in hindi, ‘mashkalai’ in bengali, ‘udid’ in marathi,   ‘udad’ in gujarati, ‘ulundu’ in tamil, ‘bhinumu’ in telagu, black gram in english, ‘mashe’ in parsi

Ayurveda Properties of Black Gram or Urad Dal

It is heavy to digest (guru) and improves moistness of tissues (snighda). It has sweet taste (madhura rasa) and tastes sweet even after digestion. But it has hot potency or hot in nature (ushna veerya).

Effect on Doshas

It balances vata and increases kapha. But vitiates or imbalances pitta.

Nutritional facts or Contents of Urad Dal:

Black gram is rich in vitamins, minerals and devoid of cholesterol. It is store house of calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, copper, manganese etc. Urad dal contains vitamins and dietary fibers. Due to high potassium content urad dal acts as an aphrodisiac.  (High blood pressure occurs due to high sodium level and low potassium level. Black gram 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. ) Hence this bean is praised as Vajikarana Food

Ayurveda Health Benefits of Black gram or Urad dal:

Since it normalises vata it is recommended in diseases caused due to vitiation of vata.

Benefits of Urad Dal or Black gram for Erectile Dysfunction and male infertility

Imbalanced vata dosha causes many diseases and also leads to men health problems like erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation (Read What are the Best Ayurvedic Medicines for ED and PE ? ), low sperm count and motility etc. Hence Ayurveda acharyas recommend use of “masha” in many male health conditions. It is eulogised as best ayurvedic herb for erectile dysfunction. It nourishes male reproductive system and balances imbalanced doshas especially apana vayu. Apana vayu gets imbalanced when there is a constipation. This bean is the best remedy for constipation. (Read Can constipation cause erectile dysfunction ?). It is also praised as shukrala or the food which increases shukra dhatu. Hence it is recommended in male infertility. (read Male Infertility Treatment and Home Remedies-An Ayurvedic View ) .  Urad dal is also used in many Indian ayurvedic home remedies for erectile dysfunction

Black Gram for Weight Gain

Urad dal helps to gain healthy weight. It is used in ayurveda weight gain therapy or brumhana therapy. This pulse is recommended as diet for men who undergo Vajikarana Therapy

Urad Dal for Joint Pain

According to principles of ayurveda vitiation of vata causes inflammation of tissues and initiates the sensation of pain.“Mash” or urad dal normalizes vata and hence has anti inflammatory properties. Usually a hot poultice of black gram is used in inflammation of joints and muscle pain. Massaging with herbal oil processed with this wonderful herb helps to reduce pain and inflammation

Nervous system disorders:

This herb strengthens nervous system. Ayurveda acharyas recommend preparations of this herb in nervous debility, partial paralysis, facial paralysis and other disorders which involve nervous system.

Black gram for constipation

“Vigna Mungo” or masha helps to increase bulk of stools. The moistness increasing property coupled with bulk increasing quality helps in easy movement of bowel.  Therefore usage of this bean is recommended in conditions like constipation, piles and colic. This herb is a very good liver stimulant.

Black gram for pcos

This herb is effective in dysmenorrhea and primary amenorrhea .It increases milk secretion in lactating mothers. This acts as a best protein diet for women who suffer from PCOS.(Read Ayurvedic Kitchen Herbs for PCOS and Weight Loss ) .It helps to lose fat and gain healthy muscle weight. 

Urad Dal in Cystitis and UTI

This bean is recommended in ‘basthi shotha’ or cystitis. It reduces inflammation of inner layers of bladder and also reduces burning sensation while passing urine as in UTI.

Boosts Strength and increases life span

Apart from above mentioned medicinal properties, black gram also helps in increasing body bulk and body energy level. It strengthens the body and increases lifespan. Body builders can use this as protein supplement to increase their muscle bulk. 


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