Ayurveda Health Benefits of Sugarcane ( Ikshu -Saccharum officinarum )

The Health Benefits of Sugarcane Ikshu or Saccharum officinarum is explained in Ayurveda. It is beneficial in male infertility, jaundice, sexual weakness, etc.

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Sugarcane in Ayurveda


Ayurveda health benefits of sugarcane

Sugarcane juice for sperm count , motility (vrushya) and Erectile Dysfunction

Health Benefits of Sugar Cane Juice

Sugarcane in Ayurveda

SugarCane is known as Ikshu in Ayurveda. Its juice and roots are used for medicinal purposes. Usually, juice of Sugar cane and decoction of sugar cane root are used in various health conditions

Botanical Description of – Saccharum officinarum (Sugar Cane)

BOTONICAL NAME : Saccharum officinarum
FAMILY: Poaceae, or grass family
STRUCTURE: The cane plant is a coarse growing member of the grass family with juice or sap high in sugar content. This tropical plant is ready in 11-18 months
Stem :The mature stems may vary from 4 to 12 feet or more The stem has joints or nodes as in other grasses. These range from 4 to 10 inches apart along the aboveground section of the stem. At each node a broad leaf rises which consists of a sheaf or base and the leaf blade.
Leaf :The leaf blade is very long and narrow, varying in width from 1 to 3 inches and up to 5 feet or more in length. Also, at each node along the stem is a bud, protected under the leaf sheath.
CHEMICAL COMPOSITION : Contains sugar, water , calcium alkaloid, albumin

Ayurveda Description of Ikshu -Sugar Cane


Ikshu, Dheerghacchada, Bhurirasa, Asipatra, Madhutruna, Gudamula


In India, it is known as  Ganna (Hindi), Ikshu (Bengali), Oos (Marathi), sugarcane (English), Karumbu (Tamil), kabbu (Kannada), Sheradi (Gujarati)


Guna :- guru, snigdha :

It is heavy to digest and improves the moistness of tissues. Its regular consumption increases Kapha and medha dhatu which leads to obesity .

Rasa or taste:-

Sugar Cane has madhura rasa or sweet taste . Because of this,  it pacifies Vata dosha and pitta dosha. But increases kapha dosha which ultimately leads to weight gain.

Veerya or Potency

This herb is of sheeta veerya or of cold potency. It acts as a body coolant.

Vipaka after digestion taste:-

It has a sweet taste even after digestion.

Ayurveda Health benefits of sugarcane

Sugarcane or Ikshu or Saccharum officinarum plant has acquired numerous Sanskrit names for its sweetness and appearance. Our Ayurveda acharyas praise the medicinal properties, uses, and health benefits of Sugarcane as follows.

Texts of Ayurveda explain the benefits of sugar cane as follows.

Ayurveda properties of sugarcane

Ikshu is sweet to taste (madhura rasa). The sweet taste remains even after digestion in the stomach. It is heavy to digest (guru) and improves the moistness and stickiness of tissues (Snigdha).It has cold potency or acts as a body coolant.  It balances Vata and pitta but increases Kapha

Sugarcane juice for sperm count, motility (vrushya), and Erectile Dysfunction

As sugarcane juice has sweet, heavy, and cooling properties it increases shukra dhatu . Shukra dhatu is needed for male fertility. When shukra dhatu increases it increases sperm count, sperm motility. Healthy shukra dhatu helps to reduce erectile dysfunction and impotence.

Sugarcane is praised by Ayurveda acharyas for its properties which support improving male fertility and male sexual health. It acts as an aphrodisiac and increases libido, increases sperm count, and sperm motility. This can be used in oligospermia. It also helps in rectifying klaibya or erectile dysfunction. It is one of the vajikarana foods used in diet recommended for vajikarana therapy.

Health Benefits of Sugar Cane

Normalises Rakta dhatu (blood)  and pitta (Raktapittaghna)

Sugarcane has the properties of normalizing imbalanced rakta or blood and pitta (bile). It rejuvenates the liver. Because of this property, it is widely used in treating jaundice. It is, however, very essential that the juice, must be clean and devoid of microorganisms.

Increases body strength and energy (Balya):

The sugar cane juice instantly energizes our bodies and provides strength. Sugar cane is rich in iron and carbohydrates. Hence it boosts energy straight away.

In cough and cold (Kaphapradaha):

Since it energizes the body it is recommended in common cold and cough. It increases Kapha and helps in expectoration of it in cough.

In UTI and cystitis (Mutrala):

Sugarcane is recommended for persons who suffer from cystitis and uti. It soothes inflamed tissues and eases the flow of urine. It acts as a diuretic and helps in detoxifying kidneys.

Sugarcane juice and sperm count – benefits for men

• The juiciest and sweetest sugarcane is the tropical green sugar cane.
• It strengthens the stomach, kidneys, heart, eyes, brain, and sex organs.
• The sugarcane can be used as a simple energizer and protein supplement in infectious fevers.
• It acts as an instant energizer and supplies the body with instant glucose. Sugarcane is rich in iron and carbohydrate.
• Sugarcane juice mixed with lemon and ginger juice helps in the easy flow of urine
• Pure sugarcane juice which is devoid of microorganisms is very beneficial in jaundice.
• Chewing sugarcane and sucking its juice help to strengthen the teeth and gums.
• People who are underweight are benefit from this. This helps to gain healthy weight.

Other Health Benefits of Sugar Cane Juice

The juice of sugarcane exhibits laxative properties. It normalizes bowel movement and relieves constipation. Sugarcane juice is heavy to digest and boosts the moisture level of tissues. Regular consumption of this juice increases body bulk. Cane juice increases Kapha and acts as a diuretic. It is aphrodisiac and helps in conditions like erectile dysfunction, low sperm count, and low sperm motility. Ayurveda acharyas recommend this sweet liquid in diseases that arise due to vitiation of rakta (blood) and pitta.

Sugarcane juice also increases lactation in nursing mothers. It helps in relieving constipation.

It is always advisable to use clean and fresh sugarcane juice. In ashtanga hridaya, Acharya Vaghbhata strictly advises not to use stale sugarcane juice. The sugar cane juice extracted from healthy canes has high medicinal value. The sugar cane juice which is stale, extracted from insect-infested canes, contaminated with dust and mud should be discarded. Contaminated sugarcane juice causes indigestion, diseases, and constipation

Fresh pure sugarcane juice is rich in natural sugars and minerals. It is an instant energizer and provides strength to the body. Its medicinal properties get enhanced when mixed with juices of lemon and ginger. It helps to clean the kidneys and eases urine flow in conditions like cystitis, Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH), and urinary tract infections.

Author: Dr. Savitha Suri Consultant Ayurvedic Physician

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