Ayurvedic Herb Aloe Vera (Kumari )

Aloe vera is a stem less or very short-stemmed succulent plant growing to 60–100 cm (24–39 in) tall, spreading by offsets. The species has a number of synonyms: A. barbadensis Mill., Aloe indica Royle, Aloe perfoliata L. var. vera and A. vulgaris Lam. Some of the medicinal values are described below.

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Parts used – Leaf and root

Uses – The leaf and root of Kumari is used in the form of juice to treat spleen enlargement, epilepsy, penile wart, difficult micturition, inflammation in penis, abscess, jaundice, abdominal distensions, mastitis, headache and amenorrhoea.

Epilepsy

Ghee cooked with kumari juice and decoction of madhuka (Glycyrrhiza glabra) and added with sugar is useful in epilepsy and palpitation of heart (10-15 ml) (SB.4.453)

Abscess

Kumari decocted with tila (gingly oil) and sour gruel or alone ripens the abscess (10-20 gms)(VD.16.101)

Abdominal distention/One suffering from gulma should swallow the pulp of kumara (aloe vera) 5gm mixed with cow-ghee and added with fine powder of trikatu,(piper longum, piper nigrum, zingiber officinale) haritaki (Terminalia chebula) and saindhava (rock salt) (10-15 gms) (BP.Ci.32.44)

Mastitis

Kumari root mixed with haridra (curcuma longa) is applied as paste on breast to relieve pain (10-15 gms) (GN.6.8.23)

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