Ayurveda – Brihathi herb and its medical importance
Brihati – Solanum indicum is one among Dashamoola – group of 10 roots, having potent anti inflammatory activity. Apart from its root, its fruit is also used in treatment. It is widely used in treating respiratory disorders.
Useful in asthma, chronic respiratory disorders
Useful in relieving abdominal colic pain
Useful in cardiac disorders
Useful to improve digestion strength
Useful to relieve Ama – a product of impaired digestion and metabolism
Has absorbent property. Useful in diarrhea, IBS and malabsorption syndrome
Used in treating female infertility
Carminative– acts as cardiac tonic
Relieves tongue coating. relieves bad breath
Useful in anorexia
Useful in skin diseases
Useful in low digestion strength
Useful in Vata disorders (neurological)– helps in semen ejaculation problems.
It is useful in blood detoxification,
It has diuretic action
Its seed paste is applied over penis to improve erection
Its juice extract is used for external application in alopecia treatment.
It is used in treating secondary amenorrhea, difficulty in child birth and diseases related to post delivery (post partum) period.
Brihati and its components have been investigated for a number of biological activities including:
Antioxidant, anticancer, immunomodulatory, and neuroprotective effects.
Diaphoretic, diuretic, expectorant, stimulant.
Diuretic, expectorant, stimulant. The root is used against bronchites, itch and for bodyaches, for asthma and to cure wounds while the seeds are used to treat toothache.
The berries are injurious to children but are often eaten by adults with impunity, especially when quite ripe as the poisonous principle is chiefly associated with all green parts.
It is applied in medicine similarly to bittersweet but is more powerful and possesses greater narcotic properties. The leaves are placed in the cradles of infants to promote sleep.
It is useful in cutaneous disorders.
Their juice has been used for ringworm, gout and earache and when mixed with vinegar, is considered to be good for gargle and mouthwash.
1) Half-ripe fruits are employed in the preparation of curries, chutneys and preserves.
2) A decoction of root is prescribed as a tonic and also used in difficult parturition.