Okra or bhindi is recommended for diabetes, weight loss, erectile dysfunction, constipation, piles, cystitis and UTI. It cools body and eliminates body heat.
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Okra or lady finger is a vegetable which is elongated, slender and green in colour. It belongs to mallow family. This vegetable has various medicinal uses. It has a botanical name Abelmoschus esculentus. It is a perennial plant which grows up to a height of 6 ft. It bears pentagonal long fruits which resemble lady’s finger. The fruit contains numerous small round seeds. This is used as a vegetable in south east Asia.
Fruits of this plant are rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C and Vitamin D. It is also a store house of amino acids, proteins, folic acid and flavonoids .
Okra is known by various names in India. It is ladies finger in English, bhindi in hindi, bhindo in gujarati, bendekai in kannada, ventaykka in Malayalam, dhenras in Bengali, vendai in tamil, Benda Kai in telagu, Bhendi in Marathi .
Ayurveda medicinal properties of Okra
Based on principles of Ayurveda okra is sweet to taste (madhura rasa) and same taste remains even after digestion (vipaka). This vegetable is heavy to digest (guru) and acts as a body coolant (sheeta veerya).
Effect on doshas
Ladies finger for constipation
Bhendi has high fiber content and mucilage. It reduces incidences of constipation by its bulk increasing qualities. It improves bowel movement and eases constipation. Hence it is recommended in piles (haemorrhoids) and fissures. For an ayurvedic natural remedy for constipation , drink a glass of Okra juice after lunch to ease bowel movements. ( Also read can constipation cause erectile dysfunction ?)
Okra increases intestinal flora or friendly bacteria. Intestinal flora aids in synthesis of Vitamin B Complex. Lady Finger has a very good medicinal property of healing ulcers. It neutralizes acid and forms a protective coat in digestive tract. The insoluble fibers help to keep the intestines healthy and may reduce the risk of colon cancer. It also helps to protects the heart.
Helps in Urinary Tract Problems.
This vegetables cools and soothes inner layers of bladder and urinary tract. This is very helpful in cystitis and UTI (urinary tract infection). Drinking okra water twice daily helps to get rid of burning sensation during urination.
Okra or Ladies finger for type 2 diabetes
It helps to stabilize blood sugar by reducing the rate at which sugar is absorbed from intestinal tract. It can be added in ayurveda diabetes diet.
Take 2 fresh medium sized mature okra. Cut this into pieces of 1 inch length. Add this in a cup of water and leave it overnight. Next day morning, squeeze this well and drink it in empty stomach. Many patients have reported significant decrease in blood sugar level using this remedy. Seeds and peels of this vegetable are very effective in lowering blood sugar level. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6337517/
The high beta carotene component in this vegetable lowers the risks of cataract.
Bhindi for weight loss
Since this vegetable contains plenty of dietary fibers it helps in slowing down of sugar absorption and fills stomach. Including steam cooked okra in your diet helps in weight loss ( Read 5 best ayurvedic weight loss secretes) . The mucilage of lady finger helps to bind cholesterol and reduce its level in blood. It also helps to reduce toxin level in liver and acts as a best ayurvedic liver detox .This may help in blood cholesterol reduction. (Read Ayurvedic tips to reduce blood cholesterol)
Okra and Okra Water for Erectile Dysfunction
This vegetable is rich in magnesium, iron, folate, zinc, and vitamin B. All these minerals help to keep sexual energy up. Based on principles of Ayurveda, bhindi which is madhura rasa ( sweet to taste) and sheeta veerya (body coolant) helps to eliminate body heat and strengthen shukra dhatu. Strong shukra dhatu improves sperm count, motility (Read ayurvedic ways to increase sperm count and motility) and sexual function. Hence this vegetable can be used as an ayurvedic remedy for erectile dysfunction.
Since it helps to control blood sugar level, this can be used by diabetic men as an ayurvedic remedy for erectile dysfunction due to diabetes.
This is very helpful in erectile dysfunction due to obesity and erectile dysfunction due to cholesterol ayurvedic treatment.
Okra seed oil for head lice and dandruff
Take 50 to 60 dried okra seeds. Soak these overnight in 100 ml of sesame oil or coconut oil. Next day heat this oil in low flame till the oil boils. Allow it to cool down and this can be used on scalp to prevent lice and dandruff. This oil is the best ayurvedic oil for dandruff, flaky scalp and hair growth
Precautions to use Bhendi or Okra
Since it cools body (sheeta veerya), do not use this vegetable when you have cough, cold, bronchitis and indigestion.
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