Ativisha (Aconitum heterophyllum), also called Atees, Ateech, Atividayam, Ativakhani kali, and Indian Atees is a potent herb in Ayurveda. It is especially used in the diseases of children. It is extensively discussed in the ancient texts written by Charaka and Sushruta. Ativisha is found in colder parts of India and grows in the alpine regions of India. It has a whitish-grey toot and violet or white flower. The fascinating health benefits of Ativisha have made it one of the important herbs in the Ayurvedic system.
Ativisha in Ayurveda:
The root tubers of Ativisha are commonly used in Ayurveda for various medicinal purposes. According to Ayurveda, it balances all the three doshas- Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. It has a pungent, bitter taste and hot potency. The main chemical constituents of Ativisha include atidine, atisenol, atsine, aconitine, heterophyllin, and heterophyllisin. It also has antipyretic, digestive, stomachic, anthelmintic, blood purifying, antimalarial, carminative, anti-diabetic, and hepatoprotective properties. Here are a few fascinating health benefits of Ativisha.
Health benefits of Ativisha
The best herb for digestion
One of the biggest health benefits of Ativisha is its ability to promote digestion. According to Ayurveda, of all the herbs having digestive, absorbent, and carminative properties, Ativisha is the best. It helps to digest food and promotes proper assimilation of the foods.
Ativisha for managing cold and cough
Ativisha is an excellent herb for treating the common cold and flu. The root bark powder of this herb can be given to patients especially children to provide relief from cough, nasal blockage, running nose, sneezing, and nasal irritation.
Fever management in children
Ativisha is one of the best herbs to manage fever in children. It has antipyretic action which helps to alleviate and prevent the fever. It acts as a diaphoretic and induces perspiration, which helps to lower fever.
Ativisha for curing diarrhea
Ativisha has antidiarrheal action. It also has antiviral and stomachic properties that eliminate the main cause of diarrhoea and soothes the whole digestive system. It also reduces the frequency of loose stools.
Great for detoxification
Ativisha is a very good herb for general detoxification of the body. The root powder can be given to children for clearing out worms in the body. It can also detoxify the blood and improves immunity.
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