Medicinal properties of Drumsticks-An ayurveda view.

drumstick tree, medicinal properties, moringa.Drumstick is known as “shobhanjana” or “shigru” in  ayurveda. The texts of ayurveda explain many medicinal properties of this plant. The verses quoted in ayurvedic texts are given here.

Shigruhu saraha katuhu paake teekshnoushno madhuro laghuhu |

Deepanaha rochano rookshaha ksharastiktho vidahakrut ||

According to principles of ayurveda the shigru or drumstick is hot in potency. It increases appetite and reduces moistness of tissues.  Hence the drumstick plant vitiates pitta and alleviates vata and kapha.

Chakshushyama shigrujam beejam teekshnoshnam vishanashanam |

Avrishyam kapahavataghnam tannasyena shiroarthihatam ||

Chakshushyam : The seeds of this plant help to boost health of eye. Kajal is popular in India. It is applied like eye liner to enhance beauty of eyes and also used for medicinal purpose. Kajal prepared from the seeds of shigru or drumstick is used in many diseases of eye. Studies show that drumstick has excellent anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. Hence application of this helps to reduce swelling of eyes and prevent eye infections.

Vishanashanm: Texts of ayurveda recommend use of drumstick seeds when a person is poisoned. Botonists appreciate the antioxidant properties of drumstick seeds and leaves. Hence they detoxify body and expel toxins.

Avrishyam: Seeds of drumstick can reduce potency of men. Ayurveda acharyas do not recommend this in conditions like erectile dysfunction and low sperm count and low sperm motility.

Kaphavataghnam : Drumstick seeds  alleviates vata and kapha. Hence oil prepared from these seeds is used in ayurvedic treatments for paralysis and nervine disorders.

Shiroarthihatam: Dried and finely powdered seeds of drumstick are very effective in headaches. They have to be inhaled during nasyakarma.


  1. Never use roots and extracts of drumstick plant. This can cause paralysis and death.
  2. Drumstick plant parts should not be consumed during pregnancy as they may cause uterine contractions.
  3. Use of drumstick fruits and leaves are not advisable in lactating mothers.
  4. Persons suffering from kidney problems should not include drumstick in their diet.
  5. If you are using drumstick for the first time, eat in small quantities. Some people may develop severe allergic reactions after consuming fruit and leaves of this plant.
  6. Consult a qualified ayurvedic physician before using this plant’s parts as medicine.

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