Health Benefits of Black musli (Curculigo orchioides) also known as talmuli are eulogised by ayurvedic doctors. Texts of ayurveda recommend this for erectile dysfunction, low sperm count, cystitis and UTI
This is a herb that belongs to the family Hypoxidaceae. It is a native of temperate regions such as Chota-Nagapur plateau and Deccan plateau in India.
Ayurveda Health Benefits of Black Musli or siyah musli:
The medicinal properties and health benefits of this herb are elucidated in several texts of ayurveda. It is also a major ingredient of several medicinal preparations in the Unani system of medicine. The ancient inhabitants of China were well aware of the medicinal properties and benefits of Black Musli and extensively used it in herbal preparations. The rhizome of this plant is utilised extensively for medicinal purposes.
Texts of ayurveda describe medicinal properties of talmuli as follows
According to Ayurveda , Black Musli is bitter (tikta rasa ) and sweet (madhura rasa) to taste with a peculiarly sweet after-taste that remains even after digestion. The tuber is heavy to digest and has the property of ‘stickiness’ (snighdha, picchila). Owing to these properties, Black Musli increases kapha dosha and reduces vata dosha and pitta dosha. It is a best rejuvenating herb.
The Ayurveda preparations of this herb are used in the treatment of several health conditions. Many research uphold the important medicinal properties of this herb https://www.researchgate.net/publication/305683834_Curculigo_orchioides_A_plant_for_health_care
In Erectile Dysfunction
Ayurveda also elaborates upon this herb’s vrushya (aphrodisiac properties). Black Musli preparations are widely used in treating erectile dysfunction, low libido, low sperm count and low sperm motility. Ayurvedic texts immensely praise its properties of enhancing quality and quantity of semen. It improves health of shukra dhatu which in-turn boosts functions of male reproductive system.
Black musli for women health
Black musli is recommended for women who are undergoing menopause. It helps to prevent osteoporosis and strengthens muscles (mamsa dhatu) . Leucorrhoea and menorrhagia are regular problems of women. This herb helps to overcome these two conditions.
In Respiratory Problems :
In Digestive Problems:
Black Musli is effective in the treatment of hepatitis. It rejuvenates and detoxifies the liver and normalizes its function. It acts as a good appetite- stimulant and stabilizes digestion. The preparations of this herb are useful in treating piles or haemorrhoids and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
In Urinary problems:
Black Musli acts as diuretic and boosts the resistance of urinary system against infections. This is effectively used in ayurvedic treatment of urinary disorders like Cystitis and UTI. It is also useful in, urinary retention, chronic nephritis, bedwetting and hypertension. Herbal healers from India use variations of musli to increase sexual energy of women. They mix this herb with shatavari to increase female libido or arousal.
In Skin Problems – Enhances Complexion:
The tuber of Black Musli is ground into paste and applied externally as an effective cure for several skin diseases. It increases glow and complexion of skin. Its rhizomes have antibacterial properties. Hence it accelerates wound healing.
Boosts Immunity and Strength
Black musli is highly recommended in general debility. Black Musli is also used as a general systemic health enhancer (rasayana). It strengthens the body and boosts immunity levels. It is a very good anti-oxidant and helps to slowdown ageing process. It is also used as an ingredient in many immunity boosting ayurvedic chyavanprash preparations.
In the light of the above facts, it is evident that the Black Musli is a herb that must be protected and preserved for medicinal use. But it is also a fact that this precious herb is facing imminent threat of extinction due to over-grazing by livestock and unsustainable rates of exploitation by over-zealous pharmacists. Thus, the need of the hour is comprehensive training and education in sustainable means of farming and preserving this priceless gem of the plant kingdom.