Durva grass is mainly used in female infertility, UTI, Cystitis, pcos, psoriasis, skin diseases, acidity, herpes, and imbalance of pitta.
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About Durva grass or Garike hullu
Durva grass is also known as Bahama Grass, Bermuda Grass, Devil’s grass or Couch Grass. It belongs to Graminae family and is known by different names in India.
Sanskrit – Shataparva , Durva
Botanical name -Cynodon Dactylon
Hindi – Doob
Bengali – Durba
Marathi – harali
Gujarathi – dhro
Tamil – arugam
Telgu – goriya gaddi
Kannada – Garike hullu
English – Bahama Grass, Bermuda Grass, Devil’s grass or Couch Grass
Ayurveda Health Benefits and Uses of Durva Grass or Cynodon Dactylon
Texts of ayurveda explain medicinal properties of durva grass as follows
Durva grass has three tastes i.e sweet (madhura rasa) , astringent (kashaya rasa) and bitter (tikta rasa). It alleviates vitiation of Pitta dosha, Rakta (blood) and Kapha. It is a great body coolant. Hence it is useful in diseases which are caused due to vitiation of above mentioned doshas.
Use of Durva grass or Bermuda grass for psoriasis
Ayurveda acharyas have grouped Durva grass under skin friendly herbs. It helps to heal the wound fast and restores the colour of skin. Use of Durva grass is recommended in Psoriasis, Herpes, unhealed wounds, allergic rashes and haemorrhoids. Hence this herb is included as an ingredient in many skin creams and psoriasis creams. Presence of Durva grass in psoriasis creams or oils enhance the efficiency of the cream in healing psoriasis. This herb reduces itching, heals the scaly skin and imparts normal colour to skin.
Durva grass or bermuda grass for PCOS or PCOD and infertility
Ayurvedic physicians recommend bermuda grass in menorrhagia (excess bleeding during menstrual cycle), irregular menstrual cycle, and habitual abortion (repeated abortion). This herb also helps to fight PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Click here to know Ayurvedic Treatment for PCOS or PCOD). It prevents abortion and strengthens the uterus. This is the best Indian ayurvedic home remedy for PCOS
Use of Durva Grass in Cystitis and Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
This grass has cooling properties. It increases the urine output and soothes the inner layers of bladder. It helps to reduce inflammation of mucosal layer of bladder in Cystitis and UTI.
Durva grass for digestive ailments
Ayurveda acharyas strongly recommend this herb in digestive ailments like vomiting, excess thirst, diarrhoea, dysentery, haemorrhoids or piles etc.
Home Remedies with Durva :
Take few strands of durva grass and wash them properly with clean water. Make a fine paste by adding few drops of water. Apply this paste on bleeding wounds to stop bleeding and hasten the healing process.
Prepare the paste as said above and mix it with a glass of water water. Consume this daily to keep your energy level up and to rejuvenate the whole body.
2-3 drops of durva grass juice can be instilled in nose in case of bleeding through nose.
The juice of durva grass helps in bleeding piles and increased menstrual bleeding
Durva grass juice helps to protect pregnancy and improve blood in pregnant women.
An ayurvedic face pack made from rice flour and durva juice helps to reduce skin burning and irritation. This is also helpful in heat stroke.
Recent Research on Durva Grass
According to a research conducted by Mr.Badri Prakash Nagori and Renu Solanki,Cynodon dactylon or Durva is a perennial grass which is a rich source of metabolites such as proteins, carbohydrates, mineral constituents, β-sitosterol, flavanoids, alkaloids, glycosides and triterpenoides. They further say that “The plant has been long used in the traditional medicines to treat various ailments such as anasarca, cancer, convulsions, cough, cramps, diarrhea, dropsy, dysentery, epilepsy, headache, hemorrhage, hypertension, hysteria, measles, rubella, snakebite, sores, stones, tumors, urogenital disorders, warts and wounds. The plant shows biological activities such as antiviral and antimicrobial properties.”
Durva grass in Hindu Mythology-
Durva grass is considered very sacred among Hindus. 21 tender cuttings of this grass are offered to Lord Ganesha. According Ayurveda durva grass acts as body coolant. Once Lord Ganesha ate Analasura , a fiery demon who was destroying earth. hyGanesha started to experience burning sensation on his body and stomach. No medicines could reduce this problem. Later he was made to eat Durva grass and its paste was applied all over his body. Then the burning sensation subsided.
How to Identify and Grow Durva Grass
Durva is a perennial grass with hairy thin blades. The grass is a creeper and covers the ground like a thick mat. It is considered as a weed. But in Ayurveda all parts of this plant is used for medicinal purpose. This can be easily grown in pots in home garden and just a regular care is enough for this to grow.
Durva grass has been in used for thousands of year to treat many body health issues. It is readily available and can be prepared as a home remedy for many diseases and energy boost. Regular consumption of this herbal grass is good for your body. However, you can consume it as a supplement in many food supplements and herbal cream.
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