Sigru: The nearest healer
Sigru is a very potent herb commonly known as Drum stick. The plant is cultivated through out India as it’s fruits and leaves are edible. The herb is known to have many medicinal properties. Sigru is used in diseases like worm infestations, eye disorders, skin ailments etc. Dr. Varun Ram Raj of Ayurvedatarian uses the herb Sigru for the treatment of Psoriasis, Acetonuria etc. due to the Kapha dosha pacifying nature. This herb contains phytoconstituents like leucine, aspartic acid, etc which are proven to have antimicrobial action. The herb is Vata-Kapha dosha balancing in nature and hence is used to treat many conditions arises due to vitiation of these 2 doshas.
General aspects and Geography
Botanical name : Moringa oleifera
Family : Moringaceae
Habitat: Cultivated through out India
Bark Fruit Leaves Seed
Classical categorization based on Ayurveda Textbooks
Charaka Samhita – Krimghna varga (Antimicrobial )
Susruta Samhita – Varunadi gana
Medicinal property according to Ayurveda
Sulahara (analgesic property)
Swasahara ( alleviates cough )
Krimighna (Insecticidal )
Kandughna (Beneficial for reducing itching)
Kushtaghna (Used for treating skin disorders )
Worm infestation (Krimi roga)- Decoction of Sigru and Embelia ribes(Vidanga) is mixed with honey and taken at a dose of 90ml.
Eye diseases (Nethraroga) – Juice prepared from tender leaves of Sigru is taken internally to alleviate Eye disorders like Stye, Chalazion etc
Headache (Sirasula) – The juice of tender leaves of Sigru is mixed with honey and taken as Nasya(Nasal administration ).
Powder (Churna) – 5 g
Decoction (Kashaya)- 60 ml
Juice (Swarasa)- 10-20 ml
Tablet - 2 tablets twice daily or as per the advice of the Ayurveda doctor
Note: Ayurveda medications must be taken only after consulting an Ayurveda doctor.
Small to medium sized tree with soft wood and corky bark. Leaves are tripinnate with many leaflets. Inflorescence is large puberculous panicles. Flowers are white. Fruits are pod type with seeds in it.
Vernacular names of Sigru
English – Drum stick tree
Malayalam – Muringa
Sanskrit - Sigru
Synonyms of Sigru
Rasapanchaka of Sigru
Rasa- Katu (Acrid )
Guna- Laghu (Light)
Vipaka- Katu (Acrid)
Virya- Usna (hot)
शिग्रुः कटुः कटुः पाके तीक्ष्णोष्णे मधुरो लघुः ।
दीपनो रोचनो रूक्षः क्षारस्तिक्तो विदाहकृत् ।।
संग्राही शुक्रलो हृद्यः पित्तरक्त प्रकोपणः ।।
(Bhavaprakasa Nighantu Guducyadi Varga- shloka 105)
Sigru alleviates Kapha and Vata doshas due to the property of Hot potency (Usna virya). The herb can used to treat diseases arising by the vitiation of Vata and Kapha doshas including Swayathu(Swelling), Kushta (Skin ailments ), Krimi(Worm infestation ) etc. Dr. Varun Ram Raj, is leading the research for Ayurvedatarian using Sigru as well as similar other single herbs and poly-herbal combinations for making the availability of high quality Ayurvedic products to the entire globe.
Researches on Sigru
Frequently asked Questions
1) Is Sigru good for controlling eye diseases ?
Yes, According to Ayurveda, Sigru is Chakshushya(Beneficial for eyes). Proper intake of Sigru leaves after cooking can increase eye sight and cures eye disorders.
2)Can Sigru be used as an analgesic agent?
Yes. The bark of Sigru is found to have sulahara(Analgesic ) property. Paste made up of Sigru bark can be applied in affected part to relive pain or Sigru tablet helps in releiving pain.