Berberisaristata is characterized by an erect spiny shrub, ranging between 2 and 3 m (6.6 and 9.8 ft) in height. It is a woody plant, with bark that appears yellow to brown from the outside and deep yellow from the inside. The bark is covered with three-branched thorns, which are modified leaves, and can be removed by hand in longitudinal strips. The leaves are arranged in tufts of five to eight and are approximately 4.9 cm (1.9 in) long and 1.8 cm (0.71 in) broad. The leaves are deep green on the dorsal surface and light green on the ventral surface. The leaves are simple with pinnate venation. The leaves are leathery in texture and are toothed, with several to many small indentations along the margin of the leaf.
The plant contains phytoconstituents like berbamine, Berberine, oxycanthine, epiberberine, palmatine, dehydrocaroline, jatrorhizine and columbamine etc. And these chemical constituents present in Daruharidra helps to act as aantillergic agent.
Guna: Laghu, Ruksha
Rasa: Tikta, Kashya
Vipaka: Madhuramla, sheetvirya
Make a paste of 1 tbsp aloe vera gel, 1 tsp Daruharidra powder, 1 tsp neem powder, a pinch of turmeric and rose water. Smear this paste all over the face and neck for a radiant, blemish-free glowing complexion.
Daruharidra is a definitive remedy for all sorts of hormonal problems. It plays a key role in regulating periods, treating postnatal ailments, and even helps to treat excessive abdominal pain/bleeding. Additionally, it also assists in treating menorrhagia (abnormally heavy or prolonged bleeding), metrorrhagia (abnormal bleeding from the uterus in between regular menstrual cycle), amenorrhea (absent menstruation), and also provides substantial solace from abdominal cramps due to dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation). The Kashaya property of the herb also helps in dealing with Shweta Pradara or leucorrhea.
Is Daruharidra safe:
Daruharidra, like Haridra is an excellent ayurvedic herb used in eye, skin, and pitta aggravation diseases like anemia, jaundice, and pitta-kapha aggravation disorders like diabetes.
In eye disorders, also Daruharidra offers potent benefits. A special extract of Daruhridra called Rasaut / Rasanjana is used where the Kashaya of daruharidra is boiled along with goats milk until a solid mass forms. This solid mass is made into Anjana (collyrium) paste / stick and applied to the eye. Due to its hot and bitter potency ,this extract helps clear out Mala from the eyes by inducing profuse watering. It also helps shrink styes in the eyes, inflammation of the eyes, etc.
Hypersensitivity to Daruharidra / Saptaparna is a contraindication. In addition, Daruharidra / Saptaparna should not be used if you have the following conditions:
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