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Argemone mexicana is an American plant, but it grows in wastelands in almost all parts of India now. On breaking any part of the plant, a golden, yellow-coloured sap comes out and this is why it is also known as Svarnashiri (Svarna - Gold; Kshiri - Juice). The fruits are oblong, prickly and capsular, contain numerous small mustard-like seeds inside. These splutter when thrown on burning coals. In Uttar Pradesh, it is known as Bharabhar. The entire plant is covered in thorns.

Physical appearance

The 2-3 feet-tall bush of Satyanashi has short stems and long leaves. The mid vein is thick and white. Other veins are also white in appearance. Flowers are bright yellow. The fruit is 11.5 inch long, oblong and prickly. Seeds are numerous, small, black and resemble mustard seeds. Its roots are called ‘chok’.

Chemical constituents

The plant contains alkaloids such as berberine and protopine. The seed contains up to 22-26% distasting pungent oil.

Properties

It cures kapha-pitta. Externally, its sap, juice of leaves, seed oil is ulcer-purifying, ulcer-causing and cures leprosy. The paste of roots helps against inflammation. Seeds are used as sedative. Among its external and internal uses, the roots and seeds are known to be laxative. It causes nausea and is sometimes a purgative. It kills worms. The juice of the root is a blood purifier and milk is anti-inflammatory. The milk and root is extremely helpful in reducing fevers. The ‘dhan-kvath’ of the panchang of this plant (polyherbal preparations containing one, two or all five parts of the plant, i.e. leaves, bark, flower, fruit and root) is appetite stimulant, roots are worm killing and cures leprosy, the yellow milk is purgative diuretic, cures leprosy, anti-inflammatory and anti-pyretic.

MEDICINAL USES

Eye diseases:

• To one drop of its milk, add three drops of clarified butter and apply on eyes to get relief from dry eyes, glaucoma, and blindness of eyes.
• If 1gm of the ash of Suvarnashiri is added to 50gm rose water and two drops are applied twice a day to eyes, then it gives relief in eye problems such as swollen eyes, cataract, blurred vision, etc.
• If two drops of the juice of its leaves are applied to eyes then all kinds of eye problems are cured.

Respiratory illness: In respiratory illness and cough, if 0.5-1gm of churna of the roots is taken with warm water in the morning and evening, then the cough comes out. Also, 4-5 drops of its yellow milk should be taken with batasha to get relief.

Congestion:

• 500gm of Suvarnashiri panchang should be taken and boiled over heat. When it attains the consistency of ‘rabri’, add 50gm old jaggery and 20 gm ral (resin) to it. Grind and make pills of 250mg each. If one pill is taken three times a day, it gives relief in asthma.
• Take the juice of its leaves and make a ‘dhan-kvath’. Add equal amount of Benzoic acid and make balls similar in size to Bengal gram grains. If people with respiratory problems have one pill thrice daily, they will get immense relief.

Snophilia: Snophilia patients also get relief it 1gm of this misture is taken with milk once daily.

Abdominal inflammation: If 3-4 ml of its yellow milk is taken with 10gm clarified butter, inflammation of the abdomen ceases.

Evacuation of bowels: Its oil is laxative in nature but the effect is not equal on everybody. Somepeople may have 3-4 loose motions while others may have 15-16. However, even if there is vomiting in the beginning of its use, there is no weakness.

Urinary problems: If there is irritation in the urinary tract, then soak 20gm Panchang in 200gm water and drink. The quantity of urine increases and the rash in the urinary tract diminishes.

Jaundice: In 10 gm Giloy juice, mix 8-10 drops of its oil and take it in the morning and evening to get relief from jaundice.

Pain: If 30 drops of its oil is taken with 1gm of sonth (dry ginger), pain is reduced.

Ascitis:

• In Ascitis, 5-10 gm of its juice (panchang), if taken 3-4 times a day, increases the flow of urine and the water that had been collecting comes out.
• If 4-5 drops of its oil is taken with 2-3gm of sangbhar salt, there is relief.

Syphilis: Take out juice from panchang and mix 5gm of this in milk and drink three times. You should also apply milk on its rash.

Gonorrhoea: If 2-5ml of its yellow milk is mixed with butter and ‘kira mari’ or if 5gm of the juice of its leaves is mixed with 10gm clarified butter and taken 23 times a day, you will get relief from gonorrhoea.

Impotency: To remove impotency, mix 1gm of the peel of prickly poppy with milk of Banyan tree and heat it together. Make small balls the size of chana and take these for 14 days with paan in the morning and evening.

Leprosy:

• In leprosy and pitta blood, massaging the body with its oil gives ample results. At the same time have 510gm of the juice of its leaves mixed with 200ml milk in the morning and evening.
• Applying Suvarnshiri on rashes and old sores gives relief.
• Rashes, boils, acne, itches, eczema, etc. will get lot of benefits from application of panchang juice or its yellow milk.
• In leprosy, if its juice is taken with a little salt for a long time, good results are seen. Drinking 5-10gm of juice each day is beneficial.

Ringworm and Shingles: Applying the juice of its leaves or its oil has a soothing effect.

Eczema: Even in this case, application of the oil gives relief.

Sores: Applying its milk on sores that do not heal will cure even old and damaged sores.

-Acharya Balkrishan


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