BALA (Sida cordifolia)
Literally meaning youth in Sanskrit, this herb is priceless for its multi various applications.
A powerful cell nourishing and cell re-generating herb, Bala is used to maintain youth and vitality.
Indian scientists in 1930 reported the presence of a symptomatic alkaloid in this herb whose pharmacological action closely resembled that of ephedrine and they thought that the alkaloid was undoubtedly ephedrine.
Later work has shown that the alkaloid had showed all the chemical and physical characteristics of ephedrine. This explains the widespread use of this herb in Ayurveda as a cardiac stimulant. Both the bark and the seeds are considered to be very aphrodisiac.
Medicinal and Healing Applications: Analgesic, aphrodisiac, demulcent, diuretic, nervine, rejuvenative, stimulant, tonic.
The Bala plant is associated with the ancient Hindu Goddess of beauty and grace Parvathi. The herb is part of the magical trio combination associated with women in Indian herbal folk medicine Tripura Sundari in common language meaning thrice beautiful . The other herbs recommended for beautifying women are: Ashoka and Shatavari.
Bala Tailam, a popular massage oil in Ayurveda is recommended for all disorders produced by the derangement of vata dosha, emaciation, weakness, diseases of generative organs, paralysis and rheumatism. Recently an Ayurveda tailam (containing Ashwagandha, Bala and Celastrus) was clinically proven to be effective for neuralgia in controlled studies in Germany.
We recommend you use the dry herb as a tea. Please note that you can re use the herb up to 4 times, if you dry it out between uses.