Texts of ayurveda praise benefits and uses of vidarikand or Pueraria Tuberosa or Indian Kudzu in rejuvenation of male reproductive system, to strengthen shukra dhatu, increasing sperm count and motility and in improving sexual function
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About plant Vidarikanda or Indian Kudzu
Pueraria tuberosa or Vidarikanda (in Sanskrit ) belongs to the family of Fabaceae. It is a perennial woody climber and has huge tuberous roots. A fully grown plant measures 5-6 meters in height. This plant bears white flowers with pink shade. It is mainly found in India, Nepal and Pakistan. It is popularly known as Indian Kudzu.
In ayurveda system of medicine, its roots are used for medicinal purposes. The roots contain Steroids, Sugars, Amino acids and Sterols. Researchers have evaluated the antimicrobial properties of this plant.
Vidarikand or Pueraria tuberosa / Indian Kudzu in ayurveda
According to texts of ayurveda, Vidarikanda is heavy to digest (guru) and increases moisture level of tissues (snigdha) and stickiness of secretions . It is sweet to taste (madhura rasa) and this taste remains in all stages of digestion. It has tremendous cooling properties (sheeta veerya). Due to these properties it alleviates pitta dosha and vata dosha . and normalizes kapha dosha.
Ayurveda Medicinal properties of Vidarikanda
The ayurveda text Bhava prakaasha, explains the medicinal properties of vidaarikanda or Pueraria tuberosa as follows:
Vidarikand Benefits for Male
Ayurveda acharyas eulogise benefits of vidarikand in males. This wonder herb is a very good rasayana or a plant with rejuvenating properties. It nourishes whole body and increases rasa dhatu. When rasa dhatu is nourished the successive dhatus also get nourished. Ayurveda vaidyas also laud this herb as vrushya or aphrodisiac. It is eulogised as Shukrada owing to its, sweet, cool and sticky properties, this herb helps to increase shukra dhatu and quality and quantity of semen. This leads to increase of sperm count and motility. This herb helps in oligospermia. This herb rejuvenates male reproductive system and helps in recovery from erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation. Shukra dhatu helps to increase hard erections, increase libido and sexual energy. Vidarikand is used in ayurveda vajikarana Therapy preparations.
Improves Skin Health
Indian kudzu is eulogised as varna vardhana (improves skin complexion and glow). Consumption of this herb rejuvenates skin and increases fairness and glow. It slows down ageing process of body and skin and brings young looks. It is widely used in diseases of skin which cause discolouration. As it increases moisture levels of skin it helps in dry skin condition.
This herb helps to sharpen the voice and in modulating voice. Hence it is called swarya (the herb which strengthens vocal chords). Singers and teachers who abuse their vocal chords are benefited by this herb. It helps to restore the voice.
Boosts Body Strength and Immunity
Acharyas praise this herb as Brimhani . It helps in weight gain in persons who have lost weight due to diseases or malnourishment. This herb increases healthy body weight (brumhana). This herb rejuvenates whole body and increases muscle bulk (mamsa dhatu) .This is very helpful for people who are under weight and willing to increase their body bulk. Vidari also strengthens immune system and boosts immunity.
This herb is appreciated for normalising vata (Pavana hanthi) and controlling vitiation. Hence it helps in constipation. (vata vitiation causes constipation). This tuber reduces dryness of body and eases bowel movement. This herb increases bulk of stools and improves motility of intestines. It also reduces dryness of body and digestive system. This eases bowel movement and relieves constipation. Since this tuber is vrushya it helps in erectile dysfunction which arises due to constipation.
Increases Breast Milk
Vidarikanda is appreciated as sthanya in texts of ayurveda. It acts as a galactogogue and is very useful for nursing mothers by increasing quality and quantity of breast milk.
In Cystitis and UTI
Vidari is appreciated as mutrala (diuretic). It increases urine output and also soothes inner layers of bladder. Hence its use is highly appreciated in Cystitis and UTI.
Author : Dr. Savitha Suri Consultant Ayurvedic Physician
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