Agasthya

    Agastya is a tall slender tree that grows through out India. The herb is rich in vitamin A and is beneficial for the eyes by alleviating diseases like night blindness, hence the name given. The herb is commonly known as Tree bean and have many therapeutic uses. Dr. Varun Ram Raj of Ayurvedatarian uses the herb Agastya for the treatment diseases caused by the vitiation of Pitta dosha as the herb is Pitta alleviating in it’s action. Agastya is used to treat numerous diseases including Night blindness , Fever etc. Nowadays it is also used as an Antipyretic , Antiinflammatory and Hypotensive agent as it contains Phytoconstituents like resins , calcium , phosphorus etc.


General aspects and geography

Botanical name : Sesbania grandiflora          

Family :  Papilionaceae 

Habitat: Through out India 


Parts used

  • Leaves Flowers Fruit Seeds Root


Classical categorization based on Ayurveda textbooks

Charaka Samhita – not mentioned 

Susruta Samhita – Pushpa varga


Pharmacological action

  • Antiinflammatory 
  • Antipyretic 
  • Antibacterial 

 


Medicinal property according to Ayurveda


  • Kasahara (alleviate cough )
  • Jwarahara (Antipyretic )
  • Sulahara (Analgesic)



Therapeutic indications

  • Night blindness (Naktandhya)- Daily intake of Juice of flowers of Agastya will help in overcoming Night blindness.
  • Fever (Jwara)- Juice of Agastya is instilled into the nose to alleviate Fever.

Dosage

Juice (Swarasa)-  10-15 ml

Decoction (Kwatha ) – 50 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. 



Formulations 

  • Grahani kapata rasa
  • Pittakasantaka rasa


Morphology :

A tall slender tree. Leaves are linear oblong . Flowers are whitish. Fruits are pods . Inflorescence is raceme.


Vernacular names of Agastya


English – Tree bean

Hindi- Agastya 

Malayalam – Agatti

Sanskrit – Agastya 



Synonyms 


  • Munipuspa
  • Vranari
  • Vangasena




Rasapanchaka 


Rasa-  Tikta (Bitter )

Guna-  Laghu (light)

Vipaka- Katu (Acrid)

Virya-  Sita (cold)

अगस्तिःपित्तकफजिच्चातुर्थिकहरो हिमः

रूक्षोवातकरस्तिक्तःप्रतिश्यायनिवारणः ।।

(Bhavaprakasa Nighantu -Pushpa varga-shloka 61)

Agastya is Pitta alleviating because of it’s properties like Cold potency and Light nature . The herb is used to alleviate diseases caused by Pitta dosha like Cough and Fever etc. Ayurvedatarian lead by Dr. Varun Ram Raj, is currently conducting various researches based on ancient Ayurvedic textbooks, involving Agastya for preparing various combinations of medicines to alleviate conditions involving vitiation of Pitta. Reach Ayurvedatarian for better health management.







Frequently asked Questions


1)What are the uses of Agastya Juice ?

   Used in Fever and night blindness.

2)What is the scientific name of Agastya ?

Botanical name of Agastya is Sesbania grandiflora          


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