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Not used in Chinese medicine
Ayurvedic Medicine uses several varieties of the mallow family (like marshmallow) as tonic, demulcents and rejuvenative. These include bala, mahabala (sida rhombifolia), and atibala (Abutilon indicum), as well as cotton roots, the roots of the cotton plant (Gossypium hirsutum). Though they all possess similar properties, bala is more effective heart tonic, and atibala is a stronger diuretic, while cotton roots is heating and is a stronger emmenagogue.
For deep seated , intermittent fevers, it can be given with ginger or black pepper. It relieves inflammation of nerve tissue. As a milk decoction with sugar, it is good nutritive and aphrodisiac. It promotes Healing tissue in chronic infectious diseases.
Bala is the best pediatric tonic (combined with cardamom, bala increases digestion and increases weight in vata-disturbed children), preventive use (vata take 1 teaspoon /day = 1/3 teaspoon with each meal)
contraindications: don't take in the evening, due to bala containing a small amount of ephedra constituents can increase energy. Roots and stems contain the alkaloid ephedrine, normally observed in the different varieties of ephedra belonging to the Gymnosperms
Don't give bala, if there is much ama present
Bala - Sida cordifolia
bala = strength
Action on Doshas: tridoshic V v P v K v
snigdha - oily, unctuous
acts on all 7 dhatus, best food for all dhatus
don’t use if ama because will increase ama
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