Vidari – Pueraria tuberosa
Vidari – Pueraria tuberosa
Vidari, commonly known as Indian Kudju is one of most commonly used herb for the alleviation of allergic conditions. The name Vidari indicates that its tubers become very big inside the soil. Vidari is also known as Vrishyakanda since it is used as a potent aphrodisiac. It is an antioxidant and hepatoprotective herb which often used as an antiallergic medicine.
Dr. Gupta’s IAFA have been studying on readily available herbs for the purpose of alleviating allergic condition. Our experts studied on Vidari and proven the plant’s therapeutic activities like Antioxidant, Protective, Antistress, Anxiolytic, Antiallergic, Nephroprotective, Hepatoprotective, Lactogogue actions etc. Vidari can be used as an aphrodisiac and in diseases like dysuria, erysipelas etc. Studies have proven the protective effect of tuberous root extract of Vidari on chronic foot shock stress. Root extract of this plant also have nephroprotective effect and can be used in nephrotoxicity. Tuberosin isolated from Vidari have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. Methanolic root extract is hepatoprotective in action. Nowadays Vidari is also used for treating allergic conditions.
Action of Vidari – Pueraria tuberosa in Allergies
IAFA experts have successfully proven the antiallergic property of the plant Vidari. The plant contains phytoconstituents like starch, sugar, resin, puerarin, diadzein, stigmasterol, puerarone, tuberostan, puerarostan, beta sitosterol, coumestan etc. These phytoconstituents aids the antiallergic, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory property of Vidari. Thus, it can be effectively used to alleviate skin allergic conditions.
Vernacular Names and Classification
|Botanical name||Pueraria tuberosa|
|Sanskrit Name||Vidari, Vrisyakanda, Palasiki|
|English Name||Indian Kudju|
|Marathi Name||Dari, Ghorrela|
Ayurveda Reference of Vidari – Pueraria tuberose
Morphology of Vidari – Pueraria tuberosa
- Large twiner with tuberous root
- Stems are shrubby
- Leaves are compound, trifoliate
- Inflorescence is raceme
- Flowers are bluish
- Fruits are pods
Geographical Distribution of Vidari – Pueraria tuberosa
Vidari is seen in Himalayan region, West bengal, Assam, Punjab and Konkan region.
Phytoconstituents of Vidari – Pueraria tuberosa
The plant contains phytoconstituents like starch, sugar, resin, puerarin, diadzein, stigmasterol, puerarone, tuberostan, puerarostan, beta sitosterol, coumestan etc.
Parts Used of Vidari – Pueraria tuberosa
Dosage of Vidari – Pueraria tuberosa
- Powder (churna) – 3-10 g
Medicinal Properties of Vidari – Pueraria tuberosa
- Daha hara – relieves burning sensation
- Sulahara – relieves pain
- Sophahara – relieves swelling
- Stanya vardhaka – promote breast milk production
- Rasayana – rejuvenative
- Vajikarana – aphrodisiac
- Balya – promote strength
- Swarya – clarifies voice
- Mutrala – useful as diuretic
Home Remedies of Vidari – Pueraria tuberosa
Ayurveda is widely used system of medicine in India from ancient times itself. It used many herbs that are seen around to treat diseases. Vidari is a commonly used herb in Ayurveda. As it is easily available and of its high medicinal value it is used in treating many diseases like,
- As an Aphrodisiac (Vajikarana) – Powder of Vidari tuber is triturated with juice of Vidari and taken with honey and ghee.
- In Dysuria (Mutrakrchra) – Vidari is cooked with ghee and milk and is taken to cure dysuria.
- In Erysipelas (Visarpa) – Powder of Vidari and Asparagus racemosa is mixed with ghee and applied over skin.
- Promote breast milk production (Stanya vardhaka) – Powder of Vidari is mixed with ghee and milk and taken.
- In Hoarseness of voice (Swarabheda) – The tuber of Vidari is powdered and taken with honey.
- In Fever (Jwara) – Vidari is made into a decoction and taken to cure fever.
- In Pain (Sula) – Powdered Vidari is made into a paste and applied.
- In Burning sensation (Daha) – Vidari is powdered and taken with honey.
Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Allergist