|Prickly Poppy Benefits|
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.
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’.
The plant contains alkaloids such as berberine and protopine. The seed contains up to 22-26% distasting pungent oil.
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.
• 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.
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.
• 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.
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.
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