Ayurvedic acharyas began investigation of the human body not by studying a corpse, but by passing their subconscious mind inside their own bodies and gathering the symptoms that individuals described and by observing signs that the patient may not have even noticed themselves. Over thousands of years, these groupings of qualities and characteristics began to paint landscapes that were very predictable. The insight obtained by meditation, study of the five basic elements making universe made the relationship between the symptoms clear, and certain techniques for clearing up the given imbalances were discovered.
In many articles on ayurvedaonline, author has discussed the subject of liver playing a fundamental role in maintaining the body fat, state of sex hormones and thus fertility, blood purification and detoxification of rasa, rakta, mamsa and meda dhatus. Following the suggestion that the liver should be detoxed twice a year, several members have asked about the liver herbs which can restore liver functions, as taking detox procedure is impossible for them. The detox protocol consists more of fresh fiber rich vegetables and fruits, fatty acids and moong bean either in cooked or sprouted form.
Ayurvedic herbs for liver from India are so many as mentioned in above link, nature having gifted this country with golden land. This is often attributed to Vastu principles applying to India as a whole. Even if one herb Katuki is now an endangered specie, many other herbs are available inexpensive. While many herbs are used in root forms, author prefers a herb which can be grown in house itself, without having to pay much attention. If you feed a little vermicelli compost every week, you will get best quality organic herb having maximum medicine content.
Nature has given us many herbs to obtain and maintain health. Amongst such herbs, Ginger, turmeric, amalaki and aloe vera come in fore front. They can be planted in house garden too. We take aloe vera here for discussion. Previously author described its use in menstrual disorders and cosmetics in messages #1464
For those with science mindset, author would like to take you to an article giving fascinating and a little romantic history by a doctor, who spent a number of years studying and experimenting with aloe vera in clinical setup. He clearly recommends using it in its natural form, not processed gel etc In particular, its use for arthritis and cancer too requires reading this link. It is surprising that a plant with anti-oxidant properties should survive in most harsh and dry environment with very little water.
As a liver herb, aloe vera causes deepana, enhancing the agni (hunger), improves digestion, reduces undigested ama which gets produced when rasa is converted to rakta dhatu. It purifies mamsa and meda dhatu also, reducing meda, or reducing excess fat by activating liver. In todays world, so many obese people exist, they are all the time worried about excess fat/weight, out-of-shape body, sluggist reproductive health and reducing mobility. Aloe vera can address this type of obesity buildup.
After an attack of jaundice, if aloe vera is continued for long time, liver does not get enlarged again and jaundice does not re- visit. Vaidyas use aloe vera along with other herbs such as ginger, haritaki(Terminalia chebula), kalmegh(Andrographis paniculata) while treating stomach disorders. Aloe vera has amazing curative properties. While it is named "Ghrutkumari" in Sanskrit, "Ghee- Kunwar, ghee-kuvar, guarpatha" in Hindi, "Korphad" in Marathi, "Lolisara" in Kannada,"Kumari" in Malyalam and Oriya, "Chirukuttali" in Tamil and "Chinna kalabanda" in Telgu.
Its plants are one to two feet in height, having leaves about one foot in length (stretching from human elbow joint to end of palm). The leaves have thorns on both edges, and if you cut the leave transversely a shape like half moon, concave one side and convex back side will be seen. Aloe is also found in South Africa and arab countries.
Aloe is cold, very "snigdha", sticky, pungent after digestion. Its extract or ghansatva is easier for digestion, dry, pungent and warming. Generally aloe balances all three doshas. Other than causing deepana and improving digestion, aloe vera is an elixir or sanjivani for liver. The enlargement of liver as a result of jaundice, free radicals from fried foods, non-vegetarian foods, alcohol, nicotine, excess fats/proteins in food etc is restored successfully when aloe vera is taken along with a little turmeric and Kalmegh herb. Saindhav salt makes it more pallatable.
Aloe vera strengthens glow in eyes. The glow is an indicator of healthy balance of alochak pitta. Alochak word itself comes from lochana, meaning eye in Sanskrit. Most of us know that drinking alcohol makes the liver fatty. Alcohol is now accepted as a social custom in parties and gatherings. Even if alcohol is consumed in moderate proportion, alochak pitta becomes vitiated and the glow in the eyes gets affected. Author wonders how acharyas associated the planet Venus with the natural glow in the eyes, and also with taking alcohol. Aloe vera restores eye-glow if alcohol consumers take aloe vera for few months. Thus Venus damage is restored. Hence, vaidyas practicing medical astrology associate aloe vera as Jupitarian plant, the planet of fertility and growth.This takes us to aloe vera's contribution to fertility, an important area in todays world. Aloe Vera name is Aloe India, denoting its roots in India and South africa, countries with highest population growth rates.
In one infertile couple, the wife had good health, but husband had sperm count on borderline and weak motility, as per their previous consultation with a fertility exepert in allopathy. They had spent two years in modern medicine treatments, but how chemicals and synthetic "dead" medicine can give "fertility" or "throbbing of life"? The husband had frequent constipation and gases. Due to his business hours, commuting time, he used to return home late, and sleep late. Inadequate time between meal and sex made premature ejaculation a routine.
He was asked to keep aloe vera plant in the house. After taking aloe vera gel in the early morning along with turmeric and a little saindhav sal, indigestion, bloating and gases reduced in a month. This gel is removed from the freshly cut leaf, about one inch in length in gradually increasing dose. Premature ejaculation stopped after three months. The sperm count and motility had improved a lot after another six month. He had stuck to the routine for nine months! Slight change in the daily routine, utilizing the fertile days of the menstrual cycle yielded the success in another three months. And a healthy baby was born after full term! For last three months before conception, they were taking chyvanprash and drakshavaleha depending on their pulse.
But the maximum credit goes to aloe vera. It has Vrisya property too. Vrisya herb strengthens semen and sperms. Vrisya also means "stambhana", or staying power.
Aloe vera, like all other herbs addressing genito-urinal system, is a diuretic. It treats Veerya dosha and shukra dosha. It cleans menstrual flow. It is never used during pregnancy, but is a cure for infertility or sterility. If we hang its leaves in house, it kills mosquitoes. If you get a burn, apply its gel on the burnt portion of the skin. It cools the inflammation and by increasing cell regeneration, the wound gets healed quickly, leaving no scar.
By mixing ghansatva of aloe vera with loh bhasma, asfoedtida, Vaidyas make Rajapravartini vati, which helps to regularize menstrual cycles, if delay is not excessive. Scanty flow wil increase to normal. But do not give the tablet if cycles have shorter spacing or faster frequency, commonly observed near peri-menopause. Some pharmacies, in order to create marketing monopoly, rename this tablet as Rajasvini Vati etc. But once contents on the label become compulsory, users can recognize the tablets as traditional only. Though India does not give drug patents for ayurvedic drugs, manufacturers invent their own names to create a monopoly and consumer brand equity. This is where ayurveda is following allopathic tracks, a disturbing trend to old timers making their own medicines.
Other uses of aloe vera include treating Vat Gulma , hiatus hernia, coatings (sphut, samput, bhavna are other words) while making loh bhasma abhrak bhasma etc. If a vaidya uses onion or garlic juice while coating these bhasmas, these bhasmas become more potent in increasing semen and sperm count+motility. If you visisted Atherton article cited earlier, you know that Onion also belong to aloe family.
Vaidyas prepare a natural alcoholic tincture from aloe vera, termed Kumari Aasav. If this is taken in large dosage, it acts as a laxative. Pharmacies sell Kumari Aasav No. 1, is used to restore liver function when liver is enlarged or jaundice has just set in; It is also used to regularise and balance menstrual cycles. Recently, this was recommended along with Rajavartini Vati for starting cycles after holiday to birth control pills.
Kumari Aasav No. 3 is milder variety, useful for children, dose being 20-30 droops according to age, but always with equal water. Children exhibit enlargement of liver as soon as a fever or infection enters. After fever is controlled, start this formulation to restore their hunger and digestion and liver health. Kumari aasav being electrolyte, is the liver medicine of first choice; however, the first Indian pharmacy to set foot in U.S. became financially strong due to its liver restoration tablet "Liv-52" discussed in message#5921
[If you surf the net, most of the above medical uses are unproven in scientific studies or unsupported by published literature. But why triabls should care about publicity media? IF you need health, it is better to be tribals!]