Ayurveda recommends to use raisins in erectile dysfunction, to increase sperm count, in constipation and for weight gain. Benefits of Raisins soaked in water are abundant.
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Raisins in Ayurveda
Raisins are popular dry fruits. Health benefits of raisins are very much appreciated in ayurveda. 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
It has different names in several Indian languages
Hindi – Munakka, kishmish
Telugu – EnduDrākṣa
Kannada- Ona Drakshi,
Tamil – thiratchaim.
Marathi – manukau.
Malayalam – unakkamuntiri
Gujarati – Sukī drākṣa
Urdu – manukha, kishmish
Ayurvedic Medicinal Properties of Raisins
Texts of ayurveda describe pharmacological properties of raisins as follows.
Among six rasas or shadrasa, it has sweet taste (madhura rasa) and also retains the same taste after digestion (vipaka). It is heavy to digest (guru) and improves the moistness of tissues (snigdha). It acts as body coolant (sheeta veerya) and Balances vata dosha and pitta dosha.
Ayurveda Health Benefits of Raisins and Soaked Raisins
In ayurvedic pharmacology raisins are used as sweetening and cooling agents in lehyam preparations. In lehyam preparations a mixture of spices are used as carriers and preservatives. To pacify hot properties of these spices raisins are used. Apart from that these fruits also act as instant energisers when lehyam is administered. They also ease the bowel movement. Drakshadi Rasayana, an immunity boosting preparation, is also prepared using these fruits.
In Cystitis and UTI
According to principles of ayurveda Vitis vinifera or grapes have sheeta veerya or cold potency. Raisins or dry grapes are natural coolants. Hence they balance pitta and have body cooling properties. Ayurveda acharyas recommend these to use in burning micturition (burning sensation while passing urine), which happens in cystitis and UTI. It is used as home remedy in cystitis and UTI. It soothes inner layers of bladder and urinary tract.
Raisins 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.
Raisins 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. It is very common for pregnant women to experience constipation. Raisins are best answer for this. The home remedy for this is given in the end of the article.
Raisins for PCOS
In women with PCOS weight gain and irregular bleeding are common symptoms. In these raisins can be used as substitute for sweet cravings. This improves energy and also prevent excess consumption of sugar. Since they are high in fiber they help in smooth bowel movement. This can be added in Ayurvedic Diet for PCOS.
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.
Raisins for Erectile Dysfunction and Sperm Count
Raisins are known to increase and strengthen shukra dhatu. Strong shukra dhatu helps to rectify erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation . It is also recommended in male infertility. Raisins balance pitta and vata and also contain considerable amounts of minerals, such as iron, copper, magnesium, and potassium. All these minerals are very vital for sperm health. Hence ayurvedic doctors recommend to use these dry fruits to increase sperm count and motility.
Since it helps to relieve constipation it can be used by men who suffer from constipation and erectile dysfunction. . This fruit is used in Vajikarana Rasayana and Vajikarana Therapy which are recommended to boost sexual function in men.
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.liver.
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
- It helps in easy bowel movement and is very beneficial for eyes
Raisins home remedies:
- Soak 8-10 raisins overnight in a cup of water. Next day morning blend these with same water and consume in empty stomach.
- In fever or excess pitta we experience lot of thirst and drying of mouth. 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.
- When you have constipation during pregnancy, 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.
- Chew few raisins slowly when you have a sweet craving. This helps in weight loss after delivery and also weight loss during PCOS.
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