False black pepper: A herb that heals humans and plants

Nature has a cure for every illness that affects humans, animals and plants. It is, in fact, a treasure trove that contains everything to save all beings on earth from their unnatural extinction. Indian saints who lived here thousands  of years ago knew about it and formulated  a treatment system, called Ayurveda, based on products available from nature  for the welfare of every being. Here we look at a wonder plant ,False black pepper, that cures sick people and plants.

Ayurveda cures illnesses of  not only human beings; it also has treatment for animals and plants as well.  In fact, it has separate treatment systems for each type of animal and plant.  Curing plant diseases  is referred to in Ayurveda   as Vriksha Ayurveda. For example, the herb Vai vidangam or Embelia ribes, which is also known as false black pepper, is used to make plants flower in all seasons. Here, a mixture of sesame oil cake, sugarcane juice and well-composted cow dung is mixed with vai vidangam and sprinkled around the roots of the plant. The medicinal properties of this mixture help to make plants flower throughout the year and in all seasons.  The herb got its name false black pepper because it looks  like a pepper vine.

Apart from being used on plants, the herb is also used to treat worm infestations in both adult  people and children. This is administered by using around 3 – 5 gm in divided dose. Its laxative property kills the worms and expels it from the body. Its different properties are useful in abdominal colic pain and in improving the appetite.

It is also useful in relieving headache and is an essential component of anutailam, which is an oil, used for daily nasyam.  Vaidyas recommend the arishtam, a concoction, made from this herb for those having worm infestation for a longer period of time. It is usually administered after food. For children, the dosage of the arishtam, the concoction made of the herb, varies from 2.5 to 10 ml and for adults from 10 to 30 ml. The medicine vai vidangam also has a contraceptive effect.  Those who are pregnant or trying to have a baby should avoid its use.

As an added precaution, this drug should only be taken under the advice of an Ayurvedic practitioner. The reference for this drug is given in Rasendra Sara Sangraha Krimi Chikitsa. It is available with all authentic  Ayurvedic drugs manufacturers.

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