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Pushkaramula (Inula Racemosa)

PUSHKARAMULA –Inula racemosa

 Pushkaramula is commonly known as Oriss root. The root of this plant is simiar to the roots of Lotus, hence got the name Pushkaraula. The plant grows near water or marshy places so it is known as Poushkaram. It is also known as Vatahva as the plant cures Vatika diseases.

 

Dr.Gupta’s IAFA has been continuously working on the plantPushkaramula for discovering more medicinal properties the plant. Our experts found out that the plant possesses antifungal, anti microbial, antilaval, hyperglycaemia, cytotoxicity, anti-diabetic, antioxidant and hepatoprotective activity. The Methanolic extrct of Inula racemosa roots shows antifungal activity. Hydroalcoholic extract of roots of Inula recemosa roots exhibits hepatoprotective and anntiproliferative activities.

Action of Pushkaramula – Inula racemosain Allergies

IAFA has been conducting various studies on Pushkaramula found out the antiallergic and anti-inflammatory actions of the plant. The various chemical constituents present in this plant shows anti-inflammatory activity. Pushkaramula is very useful in various allergic conditions because of the phytoconstituents present in it.

Vernacular names and Classification

Botanical Name Inula racemosa
Family Asteraceae 
Native Names
Sanskrit Name Pushkaramula 
Hindi Name Pushkaramul 
English Name Oriss root
Malayalam Name Pushkaramulam 
Kannada Name Pushkaramula 
Telungu Name Pushkaramoolamu 

Ayurveda reference of Pushkaramula – Inula racemosa

Morphology of Pushkaramula – Inula racemosa

  • Perennial plant
  • Tall stout herb
  • Stem – rough and grooved
  • Leaves- leathery, basal leaves are elliptic-lance shaped and stem leaves are oblong
  • Flowers-
  • Fruits – achenes

Geographical distribution of Pushkaramula – Inula racemosa

The plant occurs in temperate areas of Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, and Uttarakhand in India and it extends up to Iran, Afghanistan, Baluchistan, and Europe etc.

Phytoconstituents of Pushkaramula – Inula racemosa

Thephytoconstituents present in the plant are inunolide, lantalactone, isoalantalactone, dihydro isoalanlactone, dihydroinundide, neo- alantalactone, inunolise, sesqiterpene, octadecanoic acid etc.

Parts used of Pushkaramula – Inula racemosa

  • Root

Dosage of Pushkaramula – Inula racemosa

  • Root powder –  1-3 gms

Medicinal Properties of Pushkaramula – Inula racemosa

  • Vataghna –Alleviates Vata
  • Kaphaghna – Alleviates Kapha
  • Jvaraghna – Alleviates Fever
  • Sothaghna – relieves swelling
  • Ruchya – Improves appetite
  • Swasghna – Relieves asthma
  • Vranaropana – Cures ulcers
  • Dipana – Increases the secreation of digestive juices
  • Pachana- Helps to digest the undigested food.

Home remedies ofPushkaramula – Inula racemosa

In Ayurveda the treatment of different kinds of diseases are done by naturally availing non toxic drugs. We are continuously working on these plants to find out its pharmacological actions. IAFA have done so many studies on the plant Pushkaramula and found out that it has wide range of actions. Some of the home remedies are given below.

  • Hiccups (Hikka– 3g of root powder is taken along with hot water for 2 days.
  • Asthma(Swasa)-3 gm of root powder is taken alng with hot water for 5 days. 
  • Anorexia (Aruchi) –2 gm of root powder is taken along with honey for 3 days.
  • Cough (Kasa)– 3 gm of root powder is mixed in the decoction of Dasamoola and taken internally for 5 days
  • Toothache – 2 gm of root powder along with turmeric powder and honey applied over the affected gum area of tooth.
  • Swelling (Sotha)– Paste of root is applied over affected area for 3 days.
  • Skin diseases(Tvak roga)– 20gm of root powder mixed with 200 ml of water, boiled and reduced to 60 ml and taken internally for 7 days.
  • Pain(Vedana)– 10 gm of root powder is taken along with hot water for 3 days

Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Allergist

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