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Pittapapada: Health Benefits, Uses, Dosage and Side Effects

By NS Desk | Herbs | Posted on :   21-Dec-2020

Pittapapada (Fumariaindica) is found as a weed all over India in the planar regions and is an annual herb. It is used in ancient and traditional systems of medicine. It has reproductive, antiparasitic, anticholinesterase, laxative, sedative, dermatological, analgesic, hepatoprotective, stomachic, antipyretic, and anti-inflammatory effects. These properties have been proven to be beneficial for the treatment of jaundice, leprosy, cramps, diarrhea, fever, syphilis, and skin infection. It is also found to be useful in the treatment of live obstruction and cutaneous disease.
 
It is a small and branched plant that grows in plain and lower regions of the hills annually and is found throughout the Himalayas but only up to the height of 2400m. It has whitish flowers that are roughly 6-6 mm long. The plant of this tree has roughly up to 20 to 60 flowers on every spike. The fumitory's chemical components are methyl fumarate, protopine, bicuculine, fumariline, (-)-tetrehydrocoptisine, narceimine, and narlumidine. All parts of the plant are utilized and consumed for medicinal purposes. 
 
How did the 'Pittapapada' word originate?
Pittapapada word finds its origin in Sanskrit and its English name is Fumitory. The English word is named so because of the flowers' appearance, which is translucent and appears to be smoky. Its scientific name is FumariaIndica. 
 
Historical uses of Pittapapda
The use of Pittapapada has been mentioned in Sushruta and Charaka. It has been mentioned to be used for blood disorders and fevers. It has been mentioned to be used to treat illnesses like urinary diseases and cough in Sushruta. 
 
In Unani medication, Fumaria plant imported from Persia is utilized as "shaahtara" and is a significant fixing in various blood filtering mixes. Itrifal-e-Shaahtara is endorsed for festering of blood, syphilis, skin infections. Majoon-e-Musaffi-e-Khoon is presumed to be a blood sanitizing mix in Unani medicine.
 
Benefits of using Pittapapadain Ayurvedic treatment
The treatment of skin diseases, acne, blemishes, liver diseases, cleansing of kidneys, and treatment of constipation, gum swelling, and infection are all possible by the consumption of Pittapapada. It is also consumed to treat irritable bowel, ulcerative colitis, digestive problem, intestinal parasites, to start the flow of bile, and intestinal spasms. 
 
Treating diseases/health problems using Pittapapada
 
• Diarrhea

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Pittapapada can rectify the problem of diarrhea because of its chemical components.

Diarrhea is caused due to intake of improper food, stress, certain toxins, and impure water, and it affects the digestive fire. These lead to the irritation of Vata. Pittapapada has Grahi (absorbent) property that helps absorb the liquid that is produced due to the irritation of Vata. Pittapapada tends to reduce the frequency of watery stool and absorb excessive water loss.

 
• Anorexia

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Pittapapadasubsides the urge to vomit as it helps in improving digestion, which is the main cause of the urge to vomit.

Pittapapada helps in balancing Kapha, Pitta, and Vatadoshas. The low digestive power leads to indigestion, those results in the formation of toxins (ama). Because of its balancing properties, it helps rectify indigestion problems that, in return, increase appetite, hence treating anorexia.

 
• Vomiting 

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Pittapapadasubsides the urge to vomit as it helps in improving digestion, which is the main cause of the urge to vomit.

Pittapapada has a pitta and Kaphadosha balancing nature. The doshas are imbalanced when we consume sharp, sour, pungent foods, which can cause a burning sensation, heavy, cold, and uncooked. All this food can go undigested and can lead to the formation of ama. Pittapapada helps in balancing the doshas the improving digestion and hence subsiding the urge to vomit.

 
• Indigestion

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Indigestion is caused when the stomach is weak, and Pittapapada improves the stomach strength by improving the taste hence rectifying the problem of Indigestion.

Indigestion is called Agnimandya in Ayurveda. It is caused due to an imbalance of pitta dosha. The food is undigested due to mand Agni which means having a low digestive fire, which leads to the formation of toxins (ama). Pittapapada improves the taste of the food that helps in improving and enhancing the Agni, which helps in the treatment of indigestion.

 
• Insect Bite

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Pittapapada has a cool nature that helps rectify problems associated with insect bites like pain, swelling, and itching.

Pittapapada has Sita (cold) properties and thus helps comfort the area that is bit by the insect, thus reducing the swelling, pain, and itching.

 
Forms of Pittapapadain Ayurveda and Recommended Dosage 
The recommended dosage of Pittapapada is as follows:
Pittapapada powder – 1-2 times a day about ½-1 teaspoon 
 
• Pittapapda Powder
 ½-1 teaspoon of Pittapapada powder has to be taken. 
 It can be consumed along with lukewarm water about 1-2 times a day.
 To improve digestion, it has to be consumed regularly.
 
• Pittapapada Decoction
 10-20 teaspoons of Pittapapada decoction has to be taken. 
 Some quantity of water has to be added to it. 
 It should be consumed 1-2 times a day, preferably in the morning.
 To treat diarrhea, it has to be consumed regularly.
 
Side effects of Pattapapada
There aren't any scientifically proven side effects of this herb. It is advised to consult the doctor and gynecologist for its use during the period of pregnancy. It also has no side effects on children since it is one of the ingredients of the medicine called Aravindasavam. This is a medicine used to strengthen a child's body and increase body weight and increase digestive power.
 
Precautionary guide while using Pattapapada?
 
Patients with diabetes
MODERN SCIENCE VIEW: There aren't many scientific pieces of evidence that prove that it is not healthy for people with diabetes, but it is still advisable to consult a doctor before consuming it.
 
Patients with heart disease
MODERN SCIENCE VIEW: There aren't many scientific pieces of evidence that prove that it is not healthy for people with heart diseases, but it is still advisable to consult a doctor before consuming it.
 
Breastfeeding
MODERN SCIENCE VIEW: There aren't many scientific pieces of evidence that prove that it is not healthy for breastfeeding women, but it is still advisable to avoid using it or consulting a doctor before consuming it.
 
Patients with liver disease
MODERN SCIENCE VIEW:  Pittapapada can harm the lives tissues if exposed to it even in low doses. Hence the patients should avoid using it or consult an expert before consuming it. 
 
Frequently asked questions 
 
1. How can Pittapapada be stored?
MODERN SCIENCE VIEW: Pittapapada has to be stored at 4 degrees Celsius in an aluminum foil. It is stored in its extracted form. 
 
2. Is Pittapapada useful for asthma?
MODERN SCIENCE VIEW: Pittapapada has bronchodilator activity that helps in the management of asthma. The flow of air in the lungs is increased because it decreases the resistance in the airways of respiration and dilates the bronchi and bronchioles. This, in turn, helps in breathing and also gives relief from cough.
 
AYURVEDIC VIEW: The imbalance of Vata and Kapha are mainly responsible for Asthma. There is a hindrance in the passage of respiration that leads to difficulty in breathing, and the reason behind it is deranged Kaphadosha and agitated Vata dosh. SwasRog is the name for this condition in Ayurveda. It has Kapha balancing properties that help in managing the symptoms of asthma. This prevents the hindrance in the passage of respiration as it prevents the imbalance of doshas.
 
3. Can Pittapapada be used to treat constipation?
MODERN SCIENCE VIEW: Pittapapada has laxative properties that help to get relief from constipation. It is responsible for the promotion of bowel movements and gastrointestinal stimulation. This tends to start the removal of wet feces from the body as it increases production. 
 
4. Is Pittapapada beneficial for diabetes?
MODERN SCIENCE VIEW: Pittapapada has anti-diabetic activity and can be useful in the treatment of type 2 diabetes. There aren't enough scientific proofs to back the argument that it can rectify diabetes; there is an argument that it helps prevent the damage of pancreatic cells and enhances the secretion of insulin. This tends to lower the sugar levels in the blood.  
 
5. Can Pittapapada intensify the production of male sex hormones?
MODERN SCIENCE VIEW: Pittapapada can increase the Leydig cells, which are the male sex hormones, by increasing the number of cells that produce these hormones, also known as testosterone.  
 
6. Can Pittapapada be used to treat gastrointestinal parasitic infections?
MODERN SCIENCE VIEW: Pittapapada has anthelmintic properties that tend to help in gastrointestinal worm infections. According to scientific studies, it can manage and prevent infections because it helps in the removal of parasites from the body without killing the host.
 
7. Can Pittapapada manage the functioning of the male reproductive organs?
MODERN SCIENCE VIEW: Pittapapada has androgens that help in managing the functioning of the male reproductive organ. It tends to increase the serum testosterone level, which helps in the growth, normal functioning of the male reproductive organs, and development of the same. 
 
8. Can Pittapapada be used for the rectification of kidney failure?
MODERN SCIENCE VIEW: Pittapapada has a nephroprotective activity that helps in the prevention of kidney failure.  It keeps the kidney healthy by accentuating the kidney's filtration property, which filters the extra fluid and products of waste out of the blood through the urine.  
 
9. Can Pittapapada be useful in vomiting?
MODERN SCIENCE VIEW: There aren't enough pieces of evidence that can support the argument that Pittapapada plays a role in treating vomiting. It has been consumed with honey to prevent vomiting traditionally. 
 
AYURVEDIC VIEW: Vomiting is a condition that happens because of helpless processing or arrangement of Ama. It happens because of the awkwardness of all the three Doshas, particularly Pitta and Kaphadosha, which bring about the reverse of Ama through the food pipe. This condition may be because of the utilization of exorbitant Teekshna (sharp), Kashaya (impactful), Amla (acrid), Vidahi (which creates consuming uproar), Guru (weighty eating routine), Ati-Sheeta (cold eating regimen), ApakwaAhaara (crude/uncooked) food just as fasting which brings about the arrangement of Ama. Pittapapada helps regurgitate because of its Pitta and Kapha adjusting properties. It forestalls heartburn and diminishes the recurrence of the reverse of Ama through the food pipe, accordingly giving help from spewing.
 
10. Can Pittapapada be useful in the case of inflammatory reactions?
MODERN SCIENCE VIEW: The cream of Pittapapada has anti-inflammatory properties. It tends to reduce pain and inflammation by reducing the activity of inflammation-causing mediators. Pittapapada tends to have antioxidant properties. It prevents cell damage by fighting against free radicals. 
 
11. Does Pittapapada help in the treatment of hand eczema?
MODERN SCIENCE VIEW: Hand inflammation is an upsetting condition that remembers sensitivities and aggravation responses for the palms and fingers. Pittapapada cream may help close by dermatitis because of its immunomodulatory movement. It keeps the invulnerable framework solid and represses certain middle people that cause inflammation.
 
AYURVEDIC VIEW: Eczema has symptoms like itching or irritation that generally occur due to an unbalanced pitta state. Pittapapada has Pitta and Sita balancing properties that might help in the treatment of eczema. It provides a cooling effect on the affected area with itching and irritation, thus reducing eczema symptoms.  
 
12. Can Pittapapada be utilized to stop bleeding?
MODERN SCIENCE VIEW: Yes, Pittapapada has a styptic property that helps to stop the bleeding when applied to a wound.
 
13. Can Pittapapada be used for the treatment of abdominal cramps?
MODERN SCIENCE VIEW: Pittapapada has smooth muscle relaxant properties that might be used for abdominal cramps. It manages the abdominal cramps by relieving the spams of involuntary muscles. 
 
14. Can Pittapapada be consumed along with Homeopathic medicine?
Pittapapada is fit for consumption along with homeopathic medicine as it does not reach with them. 
 
15. Are omega 3 fatty acids and multivitamin tables fit to be consumed with Pittapapada?
These products are a dietary supplement that usually does not react with pittapapada, but it is still advised to contact the doctor if you are consuming more than one product a day.
 
16. Can Pittapapada be consumed along with Allopathic medicine?
It is wise to consult the doctor before consuming this ayurvedic medicine along with allopathic medicines because some herbs tend to interact with modern allopathic medicines. 
If you have to consume both ayurvedic and allopathic medicines together, it is advised to take them in a gap of around 30 minutes so that they do not interact with each other.
 

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