Datura is considered a medicine in Ayurveda due to the presence of alkaloids like scopolamine and atropine in it.
Being a natural antioxidant and cardio-protective herb, datura helps in treating a host of heart ailments. It strengthens the heart muscles.
Datura, known as jimsonweed or unmatta, holds a significant place in Hindu rituals and Ayurvedic medicine, despite its poisonous nature. Dr Smita Srivastava, a BAMS Ayurvedic expert, highlights its medicinal importance and the health benefits it offers:
1. Hair Loss Relief:
Datura’s antioxidant properties make it valuable in combating hair loss, dandruff and various respiratory issues. Dr Srivastava suggests applying a paste of datura leaf powder mixed with ghee on the scalp after bathing to promote hair health. This traditional remedy passed down through generations, harnesses the natural healing properties of the plant to nurture hair and scalp health.
2. Heart Benefits:
Recognised as a natural antioxidant and cardio-protective herb, datura aids in treating heart ailments and strengthens heart muscles. Its calming effect on the mind is particularly beneficial for patients with arrhythmias and palpitations. Incorporating datura into Ayurvedic treatments offers a holistic approach to heart health, addressing both physical and emotional aspects.
3. Pain and Inflammation Reduction:
Datura’s potent pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties provide relief from conditions like arthritis and muscle spasms. Dr. Srivastava recommends applying datura leaves, heated and fried in lamp oil, to alleviate swelling and joint pains. This traditional method of pain relief, rooted in Ayurvedic principles, demonstrates the plant’s effectiveness in soothing inflammation and discomfort.
Despite its toxic nature, datura continues to be revered for its medicinal properties, offering holistic health benefits when used cautiously and under expert guidance. Its inclusion in Ayurvedic formulations reflects centuries of traditional wisdom, passed down through generations and its role in Hindu rituals underscores its cultural significance. As modern science continues to explore the therapeutic potential of natural remedies, datura stands as a testament to the enduring legacy of traditional healing practices.