Raisins are popular dry fruits. Health benefits of raisins are very much appreciated in ayurveda. Benefits of Raisins soaked in water are abundant .
Ayurveda acharyas praise raisins as ” drakshaa phalottama” which means grapes are superior among fruits.
Raisins are made by drying grapes These may be of black variety or white variety. Dried for of grapes are raisins.
Botanical name – Vitis vinifera Linn
Ayurveda Health Benefits of Raisins
Raisins are dry grapes are natural coolants. It helps in easy bowel movement and is very beneficial for eyes
In Cystitis and UTI
According to principles of ayurveda Vitis vinifera or grapes have the body cooling properties. Hence its use in burning micturition (burning sensation while passing urine) is very well appreciated. It is used in cystitis and burning urination. It sooth inner layers of bladder and urinary tract. Soak 8-10 raisins overnight in a cup of water. Next day morning blend these with same water and consume in empty stomach.
In excess thirst:
Ayurveda acharyas eulogize grapes and raisins as “trishnaghna” or substances which quench thirst in conditions like fever and dosha imbalance. In these conditions we feel increased thirst which cannot be satiated by plain water. For this boil 20 – 25 raisins in a liter of water and cool it. Sip this water frequently and chew the boiled raisins in between.
In Pregnancy and Constipation
Benefits of raisins during pregnancy are innumerable. Raisins are rich source of iron and fibers. Hence they help to fight anemia and constipation which usually occur during pregnancy. They also help in menstrual disorders. Usually women face menstrual disorders like cramps and excessive bleeding. Iron deficiency anemia surfaces when there is increased menstrual bleeding. Consumption of raisins definitely helps in menstruation problems. For all the above mentioned conditions the following home remedy with dry grapes can be tried. Boil 20 – 25 dry grapes in a cup of water. Allow it to cool. Mash these grapes along with water and add a tea spoon of honey. Consume this twice daily. This home remedy with raisins helps in pregnancy related constipation.
Raisins for Men’s Health
Raisins are known to increase and strengthen shukra dhatu. Strong shukra dhatu help to rectify erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation and male infertility. Since it helps to relieve constipation it can be used by men who suffer from constipation and erectile dysfunction.
Raisins to gain weight:
People who are underweight can reap the benefits of this fruit. Raisins help to gain healthy weight. While explaining Brihmana therapy (weight gain therapy), ayurveda acharyas recommend preparations of dry grapes or draksha. Drakshadi rasayana is one such preparation of raisins which helps in weight gain.
Raisins for Liver
Raisin is recommended to relieve symptoms of vomiting, burning sensation and dryness of skin and mouth. Since it pacifies pitta all the above symptoms can be addressed by using raisins.Raisin is especially used in treating hang over due to excessive alcohol intake and to reduce the effect of alcohol on the body.
Benefits of eating raisins soaked in water
Always use raisins soaked in water. Wash 10 to 12 raisins in plain clean water and then soak it in a small bowl of water. Next day early morning mash these raisins and drink along with water. This helps in following conditions
- It relieves constipation and eases bowel movement
- Quenches thirst and boosts energy
- Reduces hangover if you have consumed alcohol previous night.
- helps to get rid of acidity, nausea, vomiting, chest burn and belching.
- Increases body weight.
- Calms mind
- very helpful in gout as it detoxifies liver.
- Increases sexual function and fertility in men
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