Joshanda- An Herbal Remedy for Fever

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An age old trusted remedy made from beneficial herbs, it cures cough and fever due to cold and is also useful in sore throat.

An age old trusted remedy made from beneficial herbs, it cures cough and fever due to cold and is also useful in sore throat. It is similar to Shadangam in classical texts. The contents of Shadangam are as follows.

 Cyprus rotundus ( Mustha), Santalum Album (Chandan), Zingiber officinalis (Sunti), Coleus vettiveroides ( Hrivera), Hedyotis corymbosa ( Parpataka), Vetiveria zizanioides ( Usheer)
Indications: Fever
Description of herbs in the formulation

Cyprus rotundus ( Mustha):According to Ayurvedic tradition, Musta rhizome is a pungent, bitter, astringent, with carminative, stimulating, and alterative properties. It is also an emmenagogue, antihelmintic, antispasmodic, diaphoretic, vermifuge, demulcent, diuretic, and a galactagogue when applied externally. Commonly called “Nutgrass,” it is used to treat menstrual disorders, where it acts as a regulator in conditions such as dysmenorrhea, PMS emotionality, menstrual pain, and pre-menstrual congestion of blood and water. It is additionally used to treat menopause, palpitations, gastrointestinal yeast and candida, parasites, sluggish liver, indigestion, dysentery, loss of appetite, chronic fevers, gastritis, poor memory, and scorpion sting. Musta is one of the best digestive stimulants for “Pitta” types and conditions, and it imporves absorption in the small intestine, making it invaluable in the treatment of chronic diarrhea and malabsorption.Plant pacifies vitiated kapha, pitta, diarrhea, indigestion, anorexia, fever, and urinary retention. Increases and purifies breast milk.
Useful part    :    Root tuber.
Santalum Album (Chandan)
Plant pacifies vitiated pitta, burning sensation, headache, hyper prespration, skin disease, psychotic ailments, memory loss, cardio myopathy, ulcer, jaundice, cough and inflammations. 
Both the wood and the oil have long been employed in medicine. The main constituent of sandalwood oil is santalol. It is used to alleviate itching and inflammation. It is credited with cooling, diaphoretic, diuretic and expectorant properties, and sandalwood finds several applications in household remedies.
Useful part    :    Heartwood
Zingiber officinalis (Sunti) Plant pacifies vitiated kapha, vata, body pain, dropsy, asthma, cough, colic, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and inflammations and abdominal discomforts. Dry ginger is appetizer, laxative, expectorant, and carminative.
Useful part : Rhyzomes.
Coleus vettiveroides ( Hrivera) It is a small and succulent herb, with pubescent leaves and fibrous roots, which are strongly aromatic. It has anti-bacterial, deodrant and cooling properties. Plant pacifies vitiated pitta, fever, burning sensation, urinary retention, vomiting, diarrhea and ulcers. It promotes hair growth.
Useful part    :    Whole plant.
Hedyotis corymbosa ( Parpataka): Plant pacifies vitiated pitta, fever, depression, jaundice, giddiness, flatulence, colic, constipation, skin diseases, cough, bronchitis and hepatitis.
Useful part    :    Whole plant.
Vetiveria zizanioides ( Usheer)
The commercial oil of Vetiver is obtained by distillation of fresh or air-dried roots. The oil contains both cadinane and eudesmane sesquiterpenes of the unusual antipodal configuration; these include khusol, khusinol, khusitone, (-)g2-cadinene, and levojuneol. Another characteristic feature of this type is the presence of the large amount of levorotatory khusilal (a rare C14-class of terpenoid) which is in fact responsible for the strong levorotation of this oil; this compound is absent in the typical dextrorotatory oils. The constituents of the typical dextrorotatory oils (Haiti, Reunion, Java and South India) are largely nootkatane.

The oil is reported to be used as a carminative in flatulence, colic and obstinate vomiting. It is regarded as a stimulant, diaphoretic, refrigerant, astringent and antibacterial and when applied externally, it removes excess heat from the body and gives a cooling effect. A decoction of the leaves is recommended as a diaphoretic.Plant pacifies vitiated pitta, vata, burning sensation, hyperdipsia, ulcer, skin diseases, vomiting nausea, flatulence, dyspepsia, colic, cough, fever, low back pain, headache and general debility.
Useful part    :    Roots
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