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Medicinal properties of Sugarcane:

Posted Aug 11 2009 3:46am

Sugar cane has acquired numerous sanskrit names for its sweetness and appearance. Our Ayurvega acharyas praise the medicinal properties of Sugarcane as follows.
Ikshavo raktapittaghnaa balyaa vrishyaa kaphapradaaha |
Swaadupaakarasaaha snigdhaha guravo mutralaha himaha ||

Raktapittaghna:- The sugar cane plant has the properties of normalizing vitiation of blood and pitta (bile).It rejuvenates liver. Because of this property it is widely used in treating jaundice. It is, however, very essential that the juice, must be clean and devoid of micro organisms.

Balya: The sugar cane juice instantly energizes our body and provides strength. Sugar cane is rich in iron and carbohydrates. Hence it boosts energy straight away.

Vrishya: It acts as an aphrodisiac and increases libido, quality and quantity of semen. It also helps in rectifying erectile dysfunction.

Kaphapradaha: It increases kapha and helps in expectoration of it in cough.

Mutrala: It acts as a diuretic and helps in detoxifying kidneys.

As it has sweet, heavy and cooling properties it increases shukra dhatu. Shukra dhatu is needed for male fertility. When shukra dhatu increases it increases sperm count, sperm motility. Healthy shukra dhatu helps to reduce erectile dysfunction and impotence. Sugarcane juice also increases lactation in nursing mothers. It helps in relieving constipation.

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