Justicia gendarussa: Water willow prevents human influenza
Justicia gendarussa or water willow has always been associated with the treatment ofrespiratory track diseases including prevention of common cold or human influenza. Folkmedicine has been using it for ages. It also finds a mention in Ayurveda, Unani andHomoeopathy medical texts. But all recognize Justicia gendarussa as a natural remedy forrespiratory track diseases, including problems associated with lungs. Besides respiratory problems, Justicia gendarussa is suggested for relief frominflammation, arthritis, migraine and fever. Recent scientific studies in Indonesia havesupported the long-held belief of tribals of Papua that it lowers the fertility levels inmen, and thus aids in family planning. Based on the plant extract, male contraceptivepills have been developed. Doctors, however, differ on its efficacy as a family planning herb. Though the entire plant is used in herbal medicine, it’s the leaf that mostly recommendedfor treatment of a number of health issues including stomach pain, facial paralysis andrelief from asthma and heaviness in the chest. It provides relief from fever and acts asan emetic, i.e. it stimulates vomiting. ----------------------- Home remedies ---------------------- Recent scientific studies have shown that the extract from the Justicia gendarussa leafhelps in providing immunity from the novel human influenza virus H1N1 (swine flu).Further research is going on to prove its efficacy. Readymade homoeopathy pills made ofJusticia gendarussa is available in herbal or homeopathy stores. Follow the dosageprescribed by the manufacturer. Those suffering from chronic rheumatism may try decoction obtained from Justiciagendarussa leaves. Take a few leaves, wash them properly, put them in a glass of waterand boil them for 15 mnts. Filter the decoction and consume it in small quantities twicea day. Take fresh leaves of Justicia gendarussa, cut them into small pieces and wash themproperly. Put them in a glass of water over night. Filter the infusion thus obtained andtake it in small quantities for relief from migraine and facial paralysis. Extract obtained from Justicia gendarussa roots is often prescribed for relief fromconstipation. Its laxative properties helps in normal bowel movement. Take a couple of fresh leaves and clean them with water. Chew them daily if you want topostpone pregnancy. Chewing Justicia gendarussa leaves brings down the sperm level andacts as a male contraceptive. The herb is recommended for cough and removal of accumulated mucous. Readymade medicineprepared from Justicia gendarussa is available in homeopathy stores. Thanks to its anti angiogenesis (formation of new blood vessels from the existing ones)property, Justicia gendarussa is thought to be a future medicine for cancer treatment.Herbal tonics of Justicia gendarussa can be bought from herbal stores and taken inprescribed doses to prevent cancer from attacking the body organs.