Posts tagged safed musli dateSeptember 4, 2013
Safed Musli is the Hindi name for a herb that is the chief ingredient in the preparation of over a hundred Ayurvedic formulations. Its scientific name is Chlorophytum borivilianum, and this medicinal plant with small white flowers grows abundantly in the thick forests of the subtropical Himalayas as well as the tropical wet forests of Peninsular India. The plant flowers in the month of August and early September. The lanceolate leaves are dried in the months of December and January. The harvested fleshy roots are cleaned and the white tubers are spread out in the shade for about 4-7 days for drying. Safed Musli is celebrated as a Divya Aushad in Ayurveda, for its unique healing properties. In fact, since times immemorial, the tuber root and rhizome of the plant have been used for the purpose of curing human ailments and infections.
Safed Musli is a very popular aphrodisiac agent, with no side effects. It is prescribed for enhancing male potency and overcoming signs of fatigue. It is particularly used for individuals with low sperm count and low libido. Safed Musli is used as an energy booster in asthmatic conditions and the roots of the herb are also used to strengthen the general immune system of the body. It is an excellent tonic for both the mother and the fetus, during pregnancy. It is also used to replenish the body fluids during the post-partum stage, as the herb improves the quantity and flow of breast milk in lactating mothers.
Safed Musli is used to control and prevent obesity and its side effect, and the efficiency of vitamin C and antioxidant enzymes are also enhanced by its use. It is used by Ayurvedic physicians in the treatment of diabetes and arthritic conditions and its regular use causes increase in the level of High Density Lipoprotein – HDL or good cholesterol- and decrease in the plasma and hepatic lipid profiles. Safed Musli is also gaining increasing acceptance as a vitalizer and health-giving tonic and a restorative for immunity-improvement. It is considered to be a Rasayani or a total body rejuvenator.
For those who would like to try home remedies with this herb, a paste made of dry Safed Musli mixed with goats milk or honey and applied locally over the face, can be used to brighten the complexion. Another popular home remedy is to mix 5 gms of dry safed musli with hot milk and drink this twice a day to enjoy increased sexual desire, sexual stamina and improved self-confidence
The medicinal value of this plant is thought to derive from its saponin content which is up to 17 percent by dry weight. It is also a rich source of over 25 alkaloids, vitamins, minerals, proteins, carbohydrates, steroid, and polysaccharides. Due to its diverse medicinal benefits, the plant has been recognized as the sixth most important herb by the Medicinal Plants Board, to be preserved and protected. In order to the meet market demand for tubers of the Safed Musli, private growers have started cultivating this herb, especially in Kerala, the southernmost state of India. Here, Ayurveda has been a way of life for thousands of years for this tropical paradise is blessed with the climate and soil that nurture medicinal plants in abundance… especially the wonder herb, Safed Musli.