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Pushkraj

A tropical garden with some temperate surprises

Asparagus racemosus

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Pushkraj

Here's another new plant! "SHATAVARI" translates to "Curer of 100 diseases". In traditional Ayurvedic medicine, the roots are used to treat intrinsic haemorrhage, diarrhoea, piles, hoarseness of voice, coughed poisoning, fever (also an aphrodisiac!) Because of excessive harvesting, this #climber is now considered "Endangered" in its natural habitat. #asparagus #medicinal #NewonGT

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Pushkraj

I bought it recently @latebloomer .. with it, I've completed my collection of the main medicinal Indian species.

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drumadixit

Great going Pushkraj.. Do you make use of these for any common illnesses? How many Indian medicinal species do you have?

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Pushkraj

@latebloomer I've posted most of the ones that I have already, Deborah. I know a couple that I've yet to post, and will tag you too :) (by the way, when I mention uses in traditional medicine, it wasn't based on knowledge of biochemical active compounds, but mere observation/trial and error.. after all, this is thousands of years ago.. the most well known application is that of neem)

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Pushkraj

Thanks @drumadixit ! I don't use them all at home. As you probably know, most of these species contain compounds that can prove toxic if left untreated. Using some of the trickier plants at home is highly unadvisable. We do harvest our own turmeric, and use the commoner species like holy basil, or Adulsa, or Kapurkachari at home. But plants like Ashwagandha and Shatawari require prior processing by experienced Ayurvedic practitioners....... @latebloomer

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Pushkraj

...... I don't know anybody living who could hold a candle to the healers of yore. Traditional Ayurvedic medicine was unusually effective and advanced for its times.. a lot of old texts describe the proper use and subtle nuances. However, modern medicine is a more direct way of treatment. It's being used to isolate the active compounds in these plants @drumadixit @latebloomer

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Pushkraj

My collection is by no means definitive @latebloomer ... I just think that I have the "mainstream" ones, if that makes sense.

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Pushkraj

@drumadixit I have Turmeric, Amba Halad (turmeric that smells of raw mango), Kapurkachari, Shatawari, Adulsa, Ashwagandha, Brahmi (3 species), Vekhand, Narkya, basil (3 Indian species)... I might be forgetting a couple of them but will let you know when I remember. I have 4 sturdy Bael plants/trees (Shreefal) which also has some medicinal uses I think. Moringa.. Laxmi Taru (introduced species).

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Pushkraj

I'm expecting a couple more species next year; the medicinal plant nursery isn't selling them yet because they're propagating them. @drumadixit

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