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The medicinal properties of some of the green leafy vegetables is discussed

Vendaya Keerai greens of fenugreek

Its regular use helps the body clean and healthy. The leaves of Fenugreek are aromatic, cooling and mild laxative. The seeds are exercise soothing effect on the skin and membranes, relieving any irritation of skin and removing the swelling and pain. They are the best cleansers within the body and highly a soothing agents. Fenugreek leaves are beneficial in the treatment of indigestion, flatulence and sluggish liver. Fenugreek seeds can also be taken for diabetes. The normal dose is 2 teaspoons of powdered seeds taken daily in soup or milk. Fenugreek seeds are useful in the removal of dandruff also. Other uses of Fenugreek is in the treatment of anaemia, fevers, stomach disorders, respiratory infections, Bad Breath and Body Odour.

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Pudhina or mint

A cupful of mint0tea, morning and evening, improves digestion. It is useful in fever, jaundice, hiccup, stomachache, and pain in the bowels, headache, vomiting, nausea, anorexia or loss of appetite, dysmenorrhoea or difficult menstruation and pain in the abdomen caused by dysmenorrhoea. It gives good sleep and increases the flow of urine. The powder gives the same results in the above ailments. Take one or two pinches daily in the food or in water. Mint can be added to hot milk or tea. This removes abdominal pain. Pudina Tel or oil is the oil distilled from the fresh flowering spearmint, mentha viridis or mentha crispa. Its main active principles are carvone and menthone. It resembles the oil of peppermint. This is useful in headache as an external application. It is taken internally in dyspepsia, flatulence or wind in the bowels and abdominal pain. The dose is 1 to 3 minims or drops

Spinach is a leafy vegetable. It contains iron abundance, and so it is beneficial for anemic patients whose blood is in an impoverished condition. It contains a large quantity of vitamins, calcium, vegetable hemoglobin and protein building amino acids. It is a protective food. There is a large quantity of alkaline minerals in spinach. Therefore, it maintains an effective resistance against infection.

Spinach is a good laxative and demulcent. It minimizes tissue waste. It has considerable anti-xerotic, anti-beriberi and anti-scorbutic properties. Raw tendrils are highly beneficial. Spinach is useful in diabetes, anemia and gout. The juice of the leaves can be given to children mixed with honey or sugar. The juice is useful in urinary calculi or stones. It dissolves the stone. It has lithontriptic properties. Spinach is useful in kidney troubles. The juice of the leaves is used as a gargle in sore throat. A decoction or an infusion of the leaves (1 in 10) is useful in fevers, biliary troubles, inflammation of the lungs and bowels, dyspnoea and hurried breathing. It acts as a demulcent, astringent and diuretic in these diseases. The dose is 1 or 2 ounces. Young, growing girls should eat plenty of spinach, as it provides iron in abundance in an easily assimilable form.

Summary

ALL foods contain natural oils to varying degrees which provide nourishment and strength to body tissues. Ayurveda has dealt with vegetable oils under the heading of aharopyogi varga and the taila varga. Let us briefly discuss the therapeutic qualities of the few edible oils mentioned in ayurveda and also of some of those which were invented later. Sesame oil: Commonly known as tila taila , it is the most commendable of all oils. It is sweet with accompanying astringent taste, hot in potency and is endowed with properties to penetrate subtle channels of the body. Used in abundance in the panchkarma therapy, sesame oil is the best medicine to alleviate vata. It promotes general strength and skin health and is recommended to be applied in all types of cuts and wounds, insect bites, as enemata and massage oil in the diseases of the nervous system like paralysis, stiffness of the limbs and muscle weakness. Many famous classic ayurvedic oils such as Mahanarayani Taila, Bhringraj Taila, Jatyadi Taila and Brahmi Amla Taila are prepared in the sesame oil base.

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