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Ayurveda Medicinal properties of Ksheerabala Oil
|by Dr. Savitha Suri|
Ksheerabala oil (taila) is recommended by ayurvedic physicians for body massage. It has innumerable medicinal properties by virtue of its ingredients and method of preparation.
Ksheerabala oil or ksheerabala thailam contains the herb Bala (Sida cordifolia), Milk and pure sesame oil. First sesame oil is processed with several herbs like triphala, musta, lodra etc which help to remove its odour and increase its potency. This method is called as “murchana”. The oil gets a good fragrance and color after the process of murchana. The paste and decoction of bala or Sida cordifolia , milk and water are added in required quantities to processed sesame oil. This mixture is boiled according to the guidelines given in ayurvedic pharmacology.
The Ksheerabala thailam or oil thus formed is filtered and stored in air tight containers. The fat soluble active principles of bala (Sida cordifolia ) get dissolved in sesame oil through this process. Ksheerabala taila is usually used for body massage in detoxification process. (Panchakarma). It is rich in “Satva guna” and hence more “satvic”.
The medicinal properties of the ingredients are as follows.
Bala (Sida cordifolia): Bala normalizes vata and has anti inflammatory properties. It soothes excited nerves, helps in strengthening muscles. Due to these properties ksheerabala oil effectively help in conditions like Arthritis, Gout, Sciatica, Stiffness of joints, Nervous debility, Neuralgia, body pain etc. Bala is known to increase quality and quantity of semen and has aphrodisiac properties. Hence massaging this oil helps in low libido, erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation.
Milk: According to principles of ayurveda milk has cooling effect on body. It refreshes body and mind. Milk nourishes body, increases libido, quality and quantity of semen and helps in erectile dysfunction. Milk accelerates wound healing.
Sesame Oil: Sesame oil brings aggravated vata to normal condition. When it is infused with various herbs, it almost cures all diseases. Sesame oil increases hair growth and enhances volume of hair and its shine. It strengthens the hair roots, kills lice and prevents formation of dandruff. It heals the boils of scalp caused by infections and prevents hair loss. Massaging sesame oil on body has immense benefits. It rejuvenates body skin and increases its glow and fairness. It strengthens and tones the muscles and ligaments. Sesame oil massage is very beneficial in body pain, joint pains, insomnia and dry skin.
Traditionally Ksheerabala oil is used in Arthritis, Gout, Sciatica, Stiffness of joints, Nervous debility, Neuralgia , Insomnia, Cracking Joints, Paralysis, Spondylosis, Inflammations, Lumbago, Rheumatism, etc. This oil is widely used in ayurvedic body massage. This helps to relax body muscles and is of good help for body builders as it tones up muscles. Regularization of sleep and slowing down of ageing process are other added advantages of Ksheerabala taila massage
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