Holarrhena antidysenterica: Bitter oleander or Kutaja stops amoebic dysentery
Syed Akbar Holarrhena antidysenterica is popularly known as Kutaja among Ayurveda doctors. As thename antidysenterica suggests, this herb has properties that fight against dysentery ofall types including the one caused by Entamoeba histolytica. In English this herb iscalled Bitter oleander or dysentery rose. The bark and seeds of the plant are used fortreatment of a number of ailments particularly those related to stomach and intestines.Holarrhena is a good appetizer too and helps in easy digestion of food. This is an ancient herb and finds mention in ancient Ayurvedic texts written by Charaka.Since it is considered good for digestive system, extracts from Holarrhena are used fortreatment of bleeding piles and diarrhea too. Practitioners of herbal medicine believethat Kutaja is a divine herb bestowed by the Almighty. The herb should be used in limitedand prescribed quantity only. =========== Home remedies -------------------- Decoction obtained from bark is prescribed for killing harmful worms in the digestivetract. The decoction also gives relief from fever. Readymade capsules and tonics preparedfrom Kutaja are available in market for treatment of dysentery. Take seeds and powder them in a grinder. Sieve it to obtain fine powder. It can besprinkled on wounds for quick healing. Ayurvedic doctors use the seed powder ofHolarrhena for dressing of wounds. Paste obtained from the bark of the plant can be usedfor relief from painful boils It can also be taken as a general health tonic. Take a few grams of the bark ofHolarrhena, wash it properly. Put it in a glass of water and boil it for 10 minutes toobtain decoction. Take a tablespoon of decoction twice a day for good health, and tofight stomach disorders and bleeding piles.