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Atasi – Linum usitatissimum

Atasi – Linum usitatissimum

Atasi, commonly known as Flax plant is one of most commonly used herb as an antiallergic and analgesic. The name Atasi itself means that it is very useful in diseases due to Vata dosha. It can be used either internally or externally in various diseases. It is also called Uma as it is a very potent drug in case of diseases due to Vata dosha.

 

Dr.Gupta’s IAFA have been studying on readily available herbs for the purpose of alleviating allergic condition. Our experts studied on Atasi and proven the plant’s therapeutic activities like Antiallergic, Analgesic, Immuno suppressive, Antiinflammatory actions etc. Atasi can be used in various diseases like Gout, Pain, Cough, Skin disorders etc. Studies have proven that oil extracted from seeds of Atasi can effectively be used in carpal tunnel syndrome. Seed extracts of Atasi is also proven to pocess analgesic properties. Various studies have proven that it is potent immunosuppressive agent. Nowadays Atasi is also used for treating allergic conditions.

Action of Atasi – Linum usitatissimum in Allergies

IAFA experts have successfully proven the antiallergic property of the plant Atasi. The plant contains phytoconstituents like lignans, pinoresinol, matairesinol, thiamine, riboflavin, niacine, choline, vitamin E, cholesterol etc. These phytoconstituents aids the antiallergic and anti-inflammatory property of Atasi. It can be effectively used against allergic conditions.

Vernacular Names and Classification

Botanical nameLinum usitatissimum
FamilyLinaceae
Native Names             
Sanskrit NameAtasi, Valkala, Uma
Hindi NameAlsi
English NameFlax plant
Malayalam NameCheruchana vithu
Kannada NameAgasi
Marathi NameJavas

Ayurveda Reference of Atasi – Linum usitatissimum

Morphology of Atasi – Linum usitatissimum

  • Annual herb with taproot system
  • Stem is herbaceous, erect and branched
  • Leaves are linear or linear-lanceolate
  • Inflorescence is scorpioid cyme
  • Flowers are blue or white
  • Fruits are five celled capsule

Geographical Distribution of Atasi – Linum usitatissimum

Atasi is cultivated in Uttarpradesh, Bihar and West Bengal.

Phytoconstituents of Atasi – Linum usitatissimum

The plant contains phytoconstituents like lignans, pinoresinol, matairesinol, thiamine, riboflavin, niacine, choline, vitamin E, cholesterol etc.

Parts Used of Atasi – Linum usitatissimum

  • Seed

Dosage of Atasi – Linum usitatissimum

  1. Powder (churna) – 3-6 g
  2. Paste (kalka) – 3-6 g
  3. Oil (taila) – 5-10 ml

Medicinal Properties of Atasi – Linum usitatissimum

  • Kasa hara – relieves cough
  • Sulahara – relieves pain
  • Sophahara – relieves swelling
  • Swasahara – relieves asthma
  • Balya – promote strength
  • Kushtaghna – useful in skin diseases
  • Jwaraghna – useful in treating fever
  • Dipana – carminative
  • Pacana – digestant

Home Remedies of Atasi – Linum usitatissimum

Atasi is a small herb seen all over India. It is widely used as a medicine in different diseases in Ayurveda, an ancient Indian system of medicine. It contributes to different home remedies. Some of them are,

  1. In Gout (Vatarakta) – A paste is prepared from seeds of Atasi and Ricinus communis and with milk and applied over skin.
  2. In Pain (Sula) – Seeds of Atasi is made into a paste with milk and Satahva and applied over skin.
  3. In Swelling (Sotha) – Application of paste of Atasi seeds with milk cures swelling.
  4. In Cough (Kasa) – Powder of Atasi is taken with honey to cure cough.
  5. In Skin diseases (Kushta) – A paste is made of Atasi seeds and milk and applied over skin.
  6. As a carminative (Deepana) – Atasi powdered and taken before food. It can act as a carminative.
  7. In Fever (Jwara) due to Vata – Decoction made of Atasi is taken to cure fever due to Vata dosha.
  8. As strength promoter (Balya) – Atasi is powdered and taken with milk.

Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Allergist

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