Barleria prionitis or Porcupine flower: Vajradanti keeps dental health
By Syed Akbar Barleria prionitis or porcupine flower is an ornamental plant, but some consider it as aweed. Ayurveda, Unani and other traditional systems of medicine the world over recognizethe importance of Barleria prionitis as for as dental or oral health is concerned. Thanksto its unique properties of keeping teeth in good health and fighting tooth decay andgingivitis, this plant is popularly known as Vajradanti. Apart from its dental benefits, Vajradanti is prescribed by practitioners of herbalmedicine for problems like fever, respiratory diseases including whooping cough, jointpains including those related to arthritis, healing of wounds and boils, and curing ofcracks in heels. Some herbal experts believe that Barleria prionitis controls nocturnal emission andpremature ejaculation in men. It is also recommended for removing worms from thedigestive system. Other benefits of this herb include promotion of hair growth, increasein urine output and relief from scabies. ===== Home remedies -------- Herbal doctors recommend decoction of Barleria prionitis root for treatment of viralfevers. Take a few leaves, fresh or dried, wash them properly and put them in a bowl. Adda glass of water and boil it to obtain decoction. Filter the solution and consume it insmall quantities twice a day. If you are suffering from bleeding gums, loose teeth, dental cavities and sensitiveteeth, Barleria prionitis is the best natural bet. You can do a mouth wash prepared fromthe root of this herb. Alternatively you can take dried leaves or roots, make them intopowder. Take a little quantity and brush your teeth. It keeps the teeth strong andhealthy. The leaves of Barleria prionitis can be crushed and applied on wounds, boils and injoints for relief. It also reduces swelling. Crushed leaves can also be applied on the scalp to fight fungal growth and promote hairgrowth. They can also be applied on cracks on the heels for relief. Herbal doctors suggest dried bark powder for whooping cough. Paste obtained from rootscan be applied on boils for relief from pain.