Asava (fermented infusion) :—


 Asava (fermented infusion) :—

      Asava prepared by using tubers, roots, fruits etc, is similar
(in properties with that of sukta). Asava prepared by using  (balls of fried paddy mixed with spices, dried in sun and then deep fried in oil)  other material (such as oil-cakes etc) which have turned sour by lapse of time are appetizers and easily digestible.


         Dhãnyâmla (liquor prepared by fermenting the water in which rice and such other grains, pulses etc. have been slightly cooked or merely washed) is purgative, penetrating, hot in potency, aggravates pitta, cold to touch, relieves fatigue and exhaustion, increases appetite and hungers cures pain of the urinary bladder, ideal for use as sthäpana (decoction enema), good to the heart, easily digestable.
         Sauviraka and Tuodaka also possess similar properties, cure worms, heart disease, abdominal tumor, haemorrhoids and anemia. These are prepared from yava.

Note :—Sukta, dhanyamla, sauviraka, tusodaka etc. were in use in olden days and are not prepared in the present day. Beer, brandy, whisky, rum,  champagne, etc. are the popular alcholic drinks of today. Country liquors like toddy and arrack are popular with the poor people. The percentage of alcohol varies  them ranging from 20% to 80%.
          Those containing lees amount of alcohol (less than 15%) act as stimulants and do not cause intoxication when used in moderate doses. More the alcohol, greater the intoxication, risk of addiction and  ill -health etc.

    They a e predominant, respectively, during the last, middle and first stages of the life (span), the day, the night, and ( process of digestion of) the food.
Vata is predominant in old age (after 60 years of age ), in the afternoon ( between 3 pm. and 7 pm. ), late night (2 am. to 6 am.) and at the end of digestion of food. Pitta is predominant in the middle age (between 20 and 60 years), midday ( between 11 and 4 p. m. ), midnight between 12 and 2 a. m.) and during middle period of digestion. Kapha is predominant in early age (from birth upto 16 years of age), in the forenoon ( between 6 a.m. and Hi a.m.), in th early part of the nIght (between 7 p. m. and 11 midnight) arid the early period of digestion.


Kumkum / safron - Crocus sativus

 Medicinal Plant / herbs

Crocuses belong to the family Iridaceae. The saffron crocus is classified as Crocus sativus, It is a shrub. Leaves are seen towards the base of the stem and are compactly arranged.Read More about safron.....