Medicinal values of Asparagus, Stewia and Ashwagandha


Nature has provided us with many plants which have medicinal value. We can reduce our dependency on chemical compounds by using these plants with medicinal uses. In this article I am going to explain medicinal values of only three important plants.

Nature has provided us with many plants which have medicinal and economical values. We daily use most of these plants in our kitchen. In this article you will find three important plants which are found in your locality but you don't know their medicinal values. These plants of medicinal values are Asparagus, Stewia and Ashwagandha. I am providing medicinal values of these plants one by one.

1. Satavar (Asparagus)

This plant is also known as Satamuli, shadawari, satawari, Satawarmul, Challagadda etc.
Its scientific name is Asparagus racemosus and also belongs to Liliaceae family.
Asparagus roots contain the steroid saponins-Shatavarin-Ito IV. Shatavarin-I is a major glycoside.

  1. Fresh root juice mixed with honey and given for dyspepsia.
  2. Roots form a constituent of medicinal oil used for nervous or rheumatic complains.
  3. Roots are also used as tonic and diuretic.

2. Stewia

Its scientific name is Stewia rebaudiana and belongs to asteraceae or compositae family.
Many tarpenes, flavonoids and glucosides are found in leaves of Stewia plant. A chemical, stevioside has 300 times sweetness in comparison to sucrose. Leaves also contain steviobioside, rebausioside-A, E and dulcoside-A. All these have high degree of sweetness.

  1. The leaves of Stewia are used as food sweetener as well as in the treatment of obesity, hypertension and in the preparation of cardio tonic.
  2. Leaves of Stewia are also use in the treatment of hypoglycemia, diabetes and fatigues.
  3. In U.S.A. leaves are used in the treatment of diabetes as well as in the treatment of high blood pressure, infections, etc.
  4. Leaves of Stewia also have antimicrobial properties.

3. Ashwagandha (Withania)

It is also known as Asgandh, punir, askandha, Chirpotan, Amulkura, etc. Its scientific name is Withania somnifera and belongs to solanaceae family.

Alkaloids and steroidal lactones are found in Ashwagandha . The alkaloids found in Ashwagandha are somniferine, somnine, somniferinine, withananine, pseudowithanine, tropine, pseudotropine, etc.

  1. Traditionally ashwagandha is used in treatment of rheumatism, gout, hypertension, nervine and skin diseases.
  2. The drug prevents bony degenerative changes in arthritic conditions. It has been widely used as sex stimulant and rejuvenator and is considered as strength and vigor promoting drug.
  3. Ashwagandha has sedative and hypotonic effects. Ashwagandha has hypotensive and respiratory stimulant actions.

So, these are some plants products of medicinal and economical value. Use them and take benefits from them. These plants have great importance in Ayurveda system. Many other plants like Amla, Arjun, Bahula, Methi, onion, Triphala, Haldi (turmeric) etc are also used to treat different diseases. Tulsi is used in cold and cough. Haldi is used to cure injuries.

So, always try to use these plant products as much as possible and reduce your dependency on chemical compounds which have many side effects.


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