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Ayurveda Description of Kumkuma:
Saffron - Crocus Sativus
|by Dr. Savitha Suri|
In texts of Ayurveda the herb Crocus Sativus or kumkuma or saffron is grouped under “Varnya” gana. Varnya means the one which imparts fairness and glow to skin.
Saffron is one of the costliest spices used in Ayurveda, Unani and Chinese medicinal preparations. It is used extensively in European, North African, and Asian cuisines as a seasoning and coloring agent. The history of this plant’s origin and cultivation can be traced back to 3000 years in the region of Central Asia.
The saffron plant is flowering perennial plant. Purple colored flower of this plant bears three stigmas. The plucked and dried stigmas are used in cooking, medicine preparations and beauty products. Saffron contains a carotenoid called crocin which imparts bright golden yellow color to dishes.
Ayurveda Qualities of Saffron or Kumkuma
According ayurveda pharmacology, saffron is bitter to taste and increases body fire. It balances tridoshas (vata, pitta and kapha).
Ayurveda Medicinal Properties of Saffron
Effect on whole body: These beautiful red stigmas help to rejuvenate body and act as “rasayana”. They boost body immunity and increase energy level.
Home Remedies with Saffron
Precaution: Saffron should not be administered in early pregnancy as it may cause abortion.
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07/15/2014 05:09 AM