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Yavasa Health Benefits, Uses, Dosage and Side Effects

By NS Desk | Herbs | Posted on :   23-Dec-2020

Yavasa Health Benefits: Yavasa has immense medicinal properties and is also very important in Ayurveda. All the plant parts like stem, twigs, and roots are used for medicinal purposes and have medicinal properties. It is mainly used in the treatment of skin diseases and obesity. Its scientific name is AlhagiCamerolumFisch. This shrub mainly grew from the Mediterranean to Russia, but its cultivation eventually started happening in Australia, the western United States, and southern Africa. 
 
Yavasa is a shrub and grows about a height of around 1-2m and has simple leaves with many thorny branches and an extensive system of roots. It uses the method of clonal vegetative reproduction to grow rapidly. The flowers bloom in the months of June-July. The flowers are magenta or pink, and the petals are roughly 8-9 mm long. 
 
How did the 'Yavasa' word originate?
It is known as Javasa in Hindi and Camel thorn locally in English. In Sanskrit, it is also known as Ananta, Dhanvayasa, Kunashaka, and Dusparsha. This word finds its origin in Sanskrit and stands for a medicinal plant from the Fabaceae family used to treat fever. It is described as so in the Jvaracikitsa. It is a part of Madhavacikitsa, a classical work on Ayurved in the Sanskrit language written in the 7th century. 
 
Historical uses of Yavasa
In folklore medicine, Yasava has been used to treat glandular tumors, ailments related to bile ducts, and nasal polyps. It has also been used as a herb for its properties like it is an expectorant, diuretic, diaphoretic, gastroprotective, antidiarrhoeal, laxative, and antiseptic. Because of these properties, it has been used for the treatment of hemorrhoids and rheumatism. 
 
Yavasa has been mentioned in the Quran as a sweet source of Manna. It has also historically been used as a sweetener. In Iran, it has also been used for Jaundice therapy in history. 
 
Benefits of using Yavasa in Ayurvedic treatment
The manna is a secretion that the Yavasa plant does, and it is used as a sweetener. The chemical composition of Yavasa includes mannite, which is about 90 percent of the total plant. There are 11 percent sugar and 0.75 percent impurities.  
 
Treating diseases/health problems using Yavasa
• Constipation and Piles

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Yavasa is a laxative due to its chemical composition that helps in relaxing the stool tract and helps rectify constipation and thus treats piles as it softens the smooth for its easy passage.

Yavasa, according to Ayurveda, has Pitta and Kaphadosha balancing properties in the human that helps in giving relief from symptoms of hemorrhoids like redness, soreness, swelling around the anus, irritation, and itching. Because of these properties, it helps in improving digestion and lowering the risks of constipation. 

 
• Stomatitis 

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The sugar present in Yavasa has a cold nature that helps treat the redness of the mucous membrane of the mouth, thus giving relief from the symptoms of Stomatitis.

The YavasaKwatha has Sita (cold) and Kashaya (astringent) qualities that help heal stomatitis if gargled with it. It helps in reducing the redness of the mucous membrane of the mouth that is caused due to stomatitis.

 
• Cough and Cold 

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Yavasa fights any infection that can result in coughing and cold by improving the immunity, thus protecting us against it.

Yavasa has a Kapha balancing nature that helps treat complications related to respiration like asthma, bronchitis, common cold, and cough. It also improves immunity so that the body can fight any infection.

• Arthritis

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It helps in reducing the pain and inflammation when its oil is massaged on the affected area.

Arthritis has Pitta balancing nature due which when its oil is massaged on the affected area, it reduces inflammation and pain.

 
• Piles

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The Yasava powder, when applied externally, provides relief from the swelling and pain caused due to piles.

Yasava has Kasahays (astringent) and Sita(cold) nature, which reduces the pain and swelling caused due to piles when its powder is applied externally.

 
• Headache 

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The Yavasa nasal drops tend to reduce the intensity of headaches.

It has SitaVirya (cold in potency) property due to which when it is used in the nasal drop form, it reduces headache.

 
• Arthritis

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Yavasa powder helps in treating skin rashes, skin infections, and healing wounds.

Yavasa has Ropan (healing) and Sita (cold) properties, due to which it can treat skin rashes, skin infections and heals wounds.

 
Forms of Yavasa in Ayurveda and Recommended Dosage 
Yavasa in the Ayurvedic treatment is used in powder and Kwathform. If you have not consulted with your doctor regarding the dosage amount for each Yavasa form, you can then follow these dosage recommendations:
• Yavasa Powder: 1/4 or 1/2 teaspoon of powder (churan) twice a day, preferably after lunch and dinner.
 In case you have consulted with a doctor, then it is advised to stick to their recommended prescriptions.
 
Types of Ayurvedic Care of Yavasa
 
1. Yavasa Powder
 ¼-1/2 teaspoon of Yavasa powder has to be taken.
 It has to be mixed with either honey or water after lunch or dinner. 
 
2. YavasaKwath
 1 teaspoon Yavasa powder has to be taken. 
 4 cup of water has to be added to the powder, and then this mixture has to be boiled for 5-10 mins.
 The solution has to be removed from heat and then strained. It has to be then mixed with honey well. 
 It can be consumed once or twice a day after taking food. 
 
 Yavasa Side effects
It was advised to consume Yavasa in the recommended duration and dosage as a high dose can irritate the stomach that can, in turn, upset it or cause diarrhea. 
 
Precautionary guide while using Yavasa?
It is recommended that pregnant ladies only consume Yavasa when advised by the medicinal authorities, and it is highly recommended not to consume Yavasa while breastfeeding. Apart from this, everyone else is fit to consume the product. 
 
FAQ's about Yavasa
1. Can Yavasa be used for weight loss? 
MODERN SCIENCE VIEW: The role of Yavasa in weight loss has not yet been proven as there aren't enough medical pieces of evidence for it. 
AYURVEDIC VIEW: Yes, Yavasa might be beneficial for weight gain that generally occurs due to weak or poor digestion and causes internal weakness. The Deepan (appetizer) and Balya (strength provider) properties of Yavasa help manage weight by improving digestion and promotes internal strength.
 
2. Can Yavas help treat Vertigo
MODERN SCIENCE VIEW: The role of Yavasa has not yet been as there aren't enough medical pieces of evidence for it. 
 
3. Can Yavasa be used in treating syncope (temporary loss of consciousness)?
MODERN SCIENCE VIEW: The role of Yavasa insyncope (temporary loss of consciousness) has not yet been proven as there aren't enough medical pieces of evidence for it. 
AYURVEDIC VIEW: Yavasa has Balya (strength provider) properties, and Syncope is caused because of an imbalance of Vatadosha that leads to disturbances in the nerves and weakness. Yasava can manage syncope because of its Vata balancing properties. 
 
4. IsYavasauseful for the treatment of Rheumatoid arthritis?
MODERN SCIENCE VIEW: Yes, Yavasa has anti-rheumatic and anti-inflammatory properties that can help in managing rheumatoid arthritis. It inhibits the mediators that are the cause of inflammation, thus treating rheumatoid arthritis effectively.
 
5. Is Yavasa useful in hemorrhagic disorders?
MODERN SCIENCE VIEW: The role of Yavasa in hemorrhagic disorder has not yet been proven as there aren't enough medical pieces of evidence for it.
AYURVEDIC VIEW: Yes, Yavasa has Pitta and Sitta balancing properties, and hemorrhagic disorders are caused due to the imbalance of these two properties. It prevents blood loss and provides a very effective cooling effect on the affected area.

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