balaa, Bariar, Country Mallow


Sanskrit: Balá (meaning: strength giving)


Hindi: Bariar

English: Country Mallow

Latin: Sida cordifolia Linn. (S. herbacea, S. rotundifolia, S. althaeitolia.)

Part Used: Root

Habitat: Grows wild along roadsides throughout the tropical and sub-tropical plains of India and Sri Lanka

Energetics: Sweet-cold-sweet VPK= (K and áma+

in excess)

Tissues: All—especially marrow/nerves

Systems: Circulatory, nervous, reproductive, uri- nary, respiratory

Action: Analgesic, aphrodisiac, demulcent, di- uretic, nervine, rejuvenative, stimulant, tonic, vul- nerary

Uses: A main herb for heart and body strength. Heart disease and stimulant; facial paralysis, TB, urinary conditions, heals tissues of chronic inflam- mation, sciatica, insanity, neuralgia and nerve in- flammation; removes deep seated, chronic, and in- termittent fevers (with ginger), chronic rheuma- tism, asthma, bronchitis, emaciation, muscular strength, exhaustion, sexual debility, cystitis, dys- entery, leukorrhea, convalescence, arthritis. Exter- nally it is good for numbness, nerve pain, muscle cramps, skin disorders, tumors, joint diseases, wounds, and ulcers. For cancer, it strengthens per- sons before and after chemotherapy.

Precautions: Do not take in excess if congested Preparation: Decoction, powder, medicated oil. For serious illness like cancer, use one or more ounces daily

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