Bala Root (Sida Cordifolia)
Botanical name: (Sida cordifolia)
Also Known As: Bariar, Barial, Jamglimedhi
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 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. Bala root is usually used as an analgesic, aphrodisiac, demulcent, diuretic, rejuvenating, and stimulating tonic.
The Bala plant is associated with the ancient Hindu Goddess of beauty and grace Parvathy. 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.
Bala's root mantra is aim klim sauh and variations of this mantra are used in her daily ritual. Many tantrik devatas have manuals structured along similar lines. The devata is first visualised as residing in the heart, then later drawn out through the breath and "placed" in the yantra. On installation or invocation, various ritual accessories are offered, and the 1,000 adjectives (names) of the particular deity recited. The Devi is then drawn 'back' into one's heart, and the ritual concludes with various elements "cleaning up" the area of worship.
Listen, Virachamunda, to the characteristics of jiva. It is supreme, whole, eternal, consisting of nothing, stainless. It is the ultimate atomic particle, the Natha, it is supreme Shiva, all pervading, it is above all, it is Hamsa, the soul of Shakti. It is the mind, the breath, the buddhi and the chitta, residing in the inspiration and expiration of the breath of all living beings. - Kaulajnananirnaya, VI, 4-6.
This is the first English translation of the five limbs, or panchanga, of the aspect of Goddess known as Bala Tripura. Bala means "girl", this aspect of the Red Goddess is the most highly erotic of Her three aspects, as the 1,000 names show. Bala is an adolescent woman, Tripurasundari a mother, and Tripurabhairavi a woman in whom menstruation has ceased.
The leaves can be used as an infusion in treating fevers and delirium. The root of this plant is astringent, diuretic, and tonic, and its infusion is useful in cystitis, strangury, haematuria, bleeding piles, chronic dysentery, leucorrhoea, and gonorrhea.
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. To make a strong tea, use 1/4 oz of dried root per cup of water. Boil the dry herb in the water to reduce the water by half. Refrigerate and drink 2– 3 tablespoons three times per day.
Powder use is; take 1/2 tsp of dry powder per day mixed with tea, soups, or salads.
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