kumkuma, Zaffran, Kesar, Crocus sativus Linn


Sanskrit: Kum Kuma


Hindi: Zaffran, Kesar

English: Saffron

Latin: Crocus sativus Linn. (C. saffron)

Part Used: Dried stigmas

Habitat: Com- mon wild dwarf- flower in India, U.S. and else where

Energetics: Pungent, bitter, sweet-cold-sweet


Tissues: All, especially the blood

Systems: Circulatory, digestive, female reproduc- tive, nervous

Action: Alterative, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, carminative, emmenagogue, rejuvenative, stimu- lant, stomachic

Uses: Amenorrhea, anemia, asthma, cold, cough, depression, diarrhea, dysmenorrhea, hysteria, fe- male reproductive blood circulator, food assimila- tion, impotence, infertility, headache, G.I. disor– ders, leukorrhea, menstrual pain and irregularity; liver enlargement/regulator, lumbago, menopause, neuralgia, Pitta reducer, rheumatism; seminal weakness, spleen regulator, tissue growth stimu- lator of the reproductive systems, uterus toner. Spiritual Uses: Sattwic, develops love, compassion, and devotion

Precautions: Do not use when pregnant; large doses is narcotic

Preparation: Infusion, milk decoction, powder

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