Indian beech: Pongamia pinnata fights stomach problems
By Syed Akbar Pongamia pinnata or Indian beech is a wildly grown tree found on canal bunds, roadmargins, wastelands, and in TB sanatoria. The tree is a sort of invasive plant speciesbecause it grows wildly even in harsh conditions including sandy soils. Pongamia iswidely used in Ayurveda and Unani for many centuries for problems relating to thestomach, particularly in treatment of cholera and its associated loose motions often with blood. There have been several studies to revalidate the claims of Ayurveda and Unani on themedicinal properties of Pongamia and all of them confirmed that this herb is effectivefor treatment of a number of health complications and conditions including severe jointpains, eczema, diabetes, fever and anaemia, and for strengthening of gums and teeth.However, Pongamia is hailed for its unique properties that help in maintenance of thedigestive system and its ability to fight problems related to stomach and intestines. Pongamia is a good natural choice for treatment of flatulence, ulcers and damage to thedelicate lining of the stomach and intestines. Ayurveda and Unani doctors often prescribePongamia for diabetes, swelling, treatment of wounds, cold and cough, and as ananti-bacterial agent. ---------------------- Home remedies ---------------------- Pongamia is considered a natural home remedy for cholera and common diarrhoea. Decoctionobtained from the shade dried leaves of Pongamia is given to patients for relief. Take agram of shade dried leaves of Pongamia and boil them in half a tea cup of water till thequantity is reduced by one-fourth. Cool the decoction and filter it before consuming atablespoon full.
Oil obtained from Pongamia is prescribed for rheumatism. Take a small quantity ofPongamia oil and gently massage it against the affected portion for relief. Roots of Pongamia are used as tooth stick to brush teeth. Brushing with Pongamia roothelps not only in fighting harmful agents in the mouth, but also keeps the gums and teethstrong and healthy. Ash obtained from Pongamia is used for gently rubbing against the teeth for prevention ofcavities, bad odour and mouth ulcers. In case of inflammation of sinus, take a few leaves of Pongamia, dry them and obtainpowder. Take a small quantity of the leaf powder and boil it in water. Filter thedecoction and drink it two times a day for relief from painful sinusitis. Those suffering from joint paints (arthralgia) may try Pongamia decoction obtained fromleaves. Leaf extract of Pongamia is available in market and it can also be used. DrinkingPongamia leaf extract twice a day for about a week will provide the much needed relieffrom pains and inflammation. Eczema patients may apply emulsion, made from the seeds of Pongamia and lemon juice, onthe affected portion of the skin.