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Nagkesar: Health Benefits, Uses, Dosage and Side Effects

By NS Desk | Herbs | Posted on :   18-Dec-2020

Nagkesar, an ornamental plant, is found on an evergreen tree in Asian countries. Different Nagkesar parts are used for giving various health benefits, either as it is or by combining with any other medicinal plant.

 

Helpful for cold and cough relief, it helps in eliminating excessive mucus from the lungs. The consumption of Nagkesar also helps in curing asthma symptoms. Nagkesar powder with honey, if consumed with lukewarm water twice a day, is beneficial for curing the fever problem. It lowers the body temperature as it possesses the antipyretic property. Nagkesar also manages the piles bleeding and reduces the stomach irritation with its astringent properties.

 

As per ayurvedic studies, Nagkesar is proved to be beneficial for enhancing digestive health as it holds Laghu or easy to digest property.

 

Nagkesar oil application on the skin prevents skin infections and manages the skin problems well. It has antimicrobial and wound healing properties, which helps in reducing acne and turns dull skin into glowing. If applied, it can also do wonder by reducing pain and inflammation as it possesses analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties.  

 

What are the other names for Nagkesar?

Nagkesaris known by different names in different parts of the world. Apart from these, it is also known as Mesuaferrea, Cobras Saffron, Ceylon Ironwood, Indian Rose Chestnut, Mesua, Nagkesara, PilaNagkesara, Kesara, Nagapuspa, Naga, Hema, Gajakesara, Negeshvar, Nahar, Nageshvara, Nagesar, Sachunagkeshara, Nagchampa, Pilunagkesar, Tamranagkesar, Nagsampige, Nagakesari, Nangaa, Nauga, Peri, Veluthapala, Nagppu, Nagappovu, Nageswar, Naugu, Naugaliral, Nagachampakam, Sirunagappu, Nagachampakamu, Narmushk among many others. 

 

Benefits of using Nagkesar in various treatments

Many studies conducted till now have shown the beneficial effects of Nagkesar in several ways. Be it a low-risk or high-risk disease, Nagkesar has been acting as a catalyst in treating these diseases. It also acts as a blessing for the treatment and ailment of many diseases and health problems like piles, skin problems, stomach irritation, etc. Here are some of the wonderful uses of Nagkesar:- 

 

1. Helps in treating indigestion

Nagkesar is useful in curing indigestion. As per Ayurvedic experts, incomplete digestion calls for indigestion in the body. Aggravated Kaphadosha is responsible for indigestion in the body due to weak digestive fire or Agnimandya. Improvement in digestive fire or Agni helps in digesting the food easily. Moreover, Deepan or appetizing and Pachan or digestive properties of Nagkesar is proved beneficial for treating indigestion. 

Tips

- Mix ¼ - ½ teaspoon of honey with Nagkesar powder. 

- Consume it daily once or twice for managing the indigestion problem. 

 

2. Cures fever

Reduction in fever is made with the antipyretic property of Nagkesar. As per Ayurveda, various types of fever occur due to different types of dosha. Excessive accumulation of Ama causes low digestive fire and hence causes fever. Nagkesar powder with boiled water reduces toxins or Ama as it possesses Deepan or appetizing and Pachan or digestive properties. 

Tips

- Mix ¼ - ½ teaspoon of honey with Nagkesar powder. 

- Consume it daily once or twice for managing the indigestion problem. 

 

3. Reduces the symptoms of bleeding piles

As per Ayurveda, piles are known as Arsh, which occurs due to an unhealthy diet and a sedentary lifestyle. The imbalance of three dosha, Vata, Pitta, and Kapha, reduces the digestive fire, which causes constipation. Veins swell up in the rectum area, which leads to piles mass. Moreover, Ushna or hot potency of Nagkesar reduces the constipation problem and reduces the blood flow. Moreover, the Kashaya properties of Nagkesar help in reducing the symptoms. 

Tips

- Mix ¼ - ½ teaspoon of honey with Nagkesar powder. 

- Consume it daily once or twice for managing the indigestion problem. 

 

4. Cures Asthma

Vata and Kaphadosha is mainly responsible for Asthma as per ayurvedic studies. Devdaru balances the Vata and Kaphadosha, removing excess mucus or stool from the lungs. Difficulty in breathing is due to the obstruction of the respiratory tract by imbalanced Vata and Kapha; hence, Nagkesar helps relieve asthma symptoms.  

Tips

- Mix ¼ - ½ teaspoon of honey with Nagkesar powder. 

- Consume it daily once or twice for managing the indigestion problem. 

 

5. Heals wounds

Nagkesar is used in the form of oil helps in healing the wound. It reduces the swelling and makes the texture of the skin smooth. Problems like cuts are also healed with the Ropan or healing property of Nagkesar. 

Tips

- Mix 2-5 drops of Nagkesar oil with 1-2 teaspoon of coconut oil

- Massage it on the affected area. 

- Keep it for 2-4 hours.

- Use this remedy daily to heal the wounds quickly.

 

6. Beneficial for joint pain

The application cures joint pain and the bone problem of Nagkesar oil. Fluctuations in VataDosha are responsible for causing bones and joint pain. Nagkesar oil balances the Vata with its Ushna or hot potency and hence reduces the joint pain. 

Tips

- Mix ¼ - ½ teaspoon of Nagkesar powder with lukewarm water. 

- Massage it on the affected area. 

- Keep it for 1-2 hours 

- Wash it properly

- Repeat this process at regular intervals to get rid of joint pain.

 

7. Cures Headache

Stress causes headaches, which is easily cured with the help of Nagkesar. Alleviated stress, fatigue, and tensed muscles are relaxed with the help of Nagkesar paste. 

Tips

- Mix ¼ - ½ teaspoon of Nagkesar powder with lukewarm water. 

- Massage it on the affected area. 

- Keep it for 1-2 hours 

- Wash it properly

- Repeat this process at regular intervals to get rid of joint pain.

 

Forms of Nagkesar in Ayurveda with Recommended Dosage

Nagkesar in the Ayurvedic treatment is used in the form of oil, dried flowers, powder, etc.  Each of these forms of Nagkesar can be used to create different types of dishes and be consumed in various forms, either with milk, water, or soup. If you have not consulted with your doctor regarding the dosage amount for each form of Nagkesar, you can then follow these dosage recommendations:

 

• Nagkesar Powder:- Take 1/4 or 1/2 teaspoon of Nagkesar powder with water twice daily to treat various health problems. For external application, Nagkesar powder should be used in the quantity of ½ - 1 teaspoon with rose water.

 

• Nagkesar oil:- Nagkesar oil should be applied externally either on the skin or for joint pain. Apply 1 or 2 teaspoons of Nagkesar oil only once a day. Nagkesar oil can be applied mixed with honey or rose water as per the hair requirement as well.   

 

In case you have consulted with a doctor, then it is advised to stick to their recommended prescriptions.

 

Types of Ayurvedic Care with Nagkesar

 

• Nagkesar Powder

Nagkesaris also available in powder form made by grinding the dried Nagkesar powder, which helps in treating constipation, skin problems, etc.

- Mix ¼ - ½ teaspoon of Nagkesar powder with lukewarm water. 

- Massage it on the affected area. 

- Keep it for 1-2 hours 

- Wash it properly

- Repeat this process at regular intervals to get rid of joint pain.

 

External application

- Mix 2-5 drops of Nagkesar oil with 1-2 teaspoon of coconut oil

- Massage it on the affected area. 

- Keep it for 2-4 hours.

- Use this remedy daily to heal the wounds quickly. 

 

Precautionary guide while using Nagkesar

 

• For Diabetic Patients

- View of Science Experts

According to scientific experts, Nagkesar is responsible for lowering the blood sugar level subsequently. Hence, it is highly advisable to update the blood sugar level if you are using Nagkesar, that too, with an anti-diabetic drug.

 

• For Pregnant Ladies

  • View of Ayurvedic Experts

 

  • View of Scientific Experts

 

Pregnancy calls for extra care and precautions. Nagkesar is high in Ushna or hot potency. Hence, it is advisable to consult the doctor before consuming Nagkesar during pregnancy.

 

According to scientific experts, the consumption of Nagkesar is not advisable for pregnant women. In the case of an urgent situation, it is strongly advisable to consult the doctor before consuming Nagkesar.

 

 

• For Ladies, while Breastfeeding

- View of Science Experts

According to scientific experts, the consumption of Nagkesar is safe for breastfeeding women. However, it is still advisable to consult the doctor before consuming Nagkesar if it is urgently required for any breastfeeding women.  

 

• People with hypersensitive skin

- View of Ayurvedic experts

Nagkesar should be applied on the skin, either with milk or coconut oil, by the people who are prone to allergies and have hypersensitive skin as it can cause allergy if applied alone due to its Ushna or hot potency. 

 

FAQ's about Nagkesar

 

1. Is it possible to use Nagkesar seed oil in the place of fuel?

Nagkesar seed oil is a perfect substitute for petroleum gasoline and can be used in place of any fuel.  

 

2. Where is Nagkesarchurna available? 

NagkesarChurna can be procured easily from the supermarket. It is available by different brand names. For buying NagkesarChurna, visit any online pharmacy, website, or Ayurvedic store. 

 

3. Can Nagkesar be used for heavy bleeding control during the time of the menstruation cycle? 

As per ayurvedic studies, Nagkesar manages all the menstrual disease. Heavy bleeding, leucorrhea is also cured with the Kashaya or astringent property of Nagkesar. 

 

4. Is Nagkesar powder helps in curing constipation?

Nagkesar is not proved to be beneficial for curing constipation. It enhances digestion and improves the digestive fire. Easy to digest, the Laghu or digestive properties of Nagkesar makes it helpful for curing constipation. 

 

5. How is Nagkesar beneficial for our health?

As per modern science

 

As per an Ayurvedic study

 

  • Nagkesar is very helpful in curing many diseases. It contains some components which give its antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and liver-protective properties. The leaves of Nagkesar possess analgesic and anti-venom properties too. The seed of this plant is full of antispasmodic and anti-arthritic properties.

 

  • Indigestion, asthma, joint pain, and piles are managed with the Nagkesar plant. It has Ushna or hot properties, Deepan or appetizing properties, Pachan, or digestion properties. Apart from this, it also balances Vata, Pitta, and Kapha properties. Enhancing digestive health also increases appetite. Bleeding by piles, asthma, and joint pain are also reduced with the Nagkesar.

 

 

6. Is Nagkesarbe helpful in curing pain and inflammation?

As per Modern science

 

As per Ayurvedic studies

 

Nagkesar is used to cure pain and inflammation because it has some chemical components which give analgesic and anti inflammatory properties to the plant. The presence of histamine and prostaglandin also inhibits the pain and inflammation caused.

  • Imbalance of Vata and KaphaDosha is responsible for causing pain and inflammation. Ushna or hot potency and Vata balancing properties of Nagkesargive a warm sensation to the affected area. Hence, it helps in reducing inflammation and pain. 
  • Tips
  • Mix ¼ - ½ teaspoon of Nagkesar powder with lukewarm water.
  • Prepare a paste
  • Massage the paste on the affected area once daily.
  • Wash it with plain water after a time span of 1-2 hours
  • Use this remedy repeatedly for managing joint pain.

 

 

7. How can Nagkesar flowers be used?

As per modern science

As per an Ayurvedic study

 

  • Nagkesar flower is rich with many nutritional factors and possesses a lot of medicinal benefits. Flowers after drying can be used to treat piles, mucus at the time of dysentery, stomach irritability, excess perspiration, and even cough. Indigestion and skin problems are also healed with this Nagkesar flower. It can be used for treating snake bites and scorpion stings because of its astringent property.

 

Ropan property of Nagkesar flower is generally used for healing any snake bite poisoning and scorpion stings. The reduction of the poisoning effect and the relaxation effect of Nagkesar also help in many diseases.

 

8. Can Nagkesar be helpful in wound healing?

As per modern science

As per an Ayurvedic study

 

Nagkesar contains a constituent, tannin, which possesses astringent and antimicrobial properties. The wounds are healed with these properties. It also helps in improving the blood flow if applied externally on the wound.

  • Nagkesar possesses some Ropan or healing properties, which heals the wound very quickly if applied externally. 
  •  
  • Mix 2-5 drops of Nagkesar oil with 1-2 teaspoon of coconut oil
  • Massage it on the affected area once daily.
  • Put it for 1-2 hours.
  • Use this remedy repeatedly for quick wound healing.

 

 

9. How is Nagkesar helpful in skin health? 

According to modern science

 

According to Ayurvedic studies

 

  • Nagkesar is very helpful for skin health. It is used to cure many skin disorders. Good for skin scabies, sores, and wounds treatment, the seed oil is applied externally. Anti-inflammatory properties reduce inflammation and improve skin texture. 

 

  • Ropan or healing and Kashaya or astringent properties of Nagkesar are very helpful in healing wounds. Skin health is also improved by applying the Nagkesar flower.
  •  
  • Mix 2-5 drops of Nagkesar oil with 1-2 teaspoon of coconut oil
  • Massage it on the affected area once daily.
  • Put it for 1-2 hours.
  • Use this remedy repeatedly for quick wound healing.

 

NS Desk

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