- Mainly used for skin acne.
- Used for cuts, wounds & blunt heat to recirculate accumulated regular intake purifies blood as well as controls coagh.
The name itself suggests two things – Amba and Haldi. The rhizomes are similar to Haldi, but if they are broken and smelt, they smell like a raw mango fruit. So the name Ambahaldi mean¬ing Amragandhi Haldi. (The one which smells like Mango.) It is known as Surnaika, Karpora, Surabhidaru and Padmapatra in Sanskrit.
This Ambahaldi is of Tikta¬Madhur rasa, Katu vipaka and Sheeta virya and has Laghu and Ruksha, properties.
It’s local action is useful to the health of the skin. Kandughna means one which reduces itching, relieves pain and is anti-inflamma-tory. It is used by beauty parlours in ‘Bleaching formula’.
It contains a type of oil, in addition to some chemicals. It is more strong than kitchen Haldi, It is bitter, sour and astringent in taste, which stimulate the taste buds. So some make pickles with Ambahaldi. In blood disorders, the intake of Ambahaldi (1-4 gm.) brings cooling effect in body and blood. So it is used as digestant and as an antacid.
Let’s see one of the formula in which Ambahaldi is used.
The paste is prepared by mixing all the above sieved powders with water. The paste is warmed on a low flame in a thick-bottom-vessel. The paste is continuously stirred to make into a poultice. The hot paste on cloth-piece is placed over bruises or swellings for fomentation & bandaged whilst the poultice is still warm. Or a thick lep of paste may be directly applied on swellings. It should be kept at least for 30 minutes and then washed. The lep may be applied 2 – 3 times a day as per need. The coagulated blood at the sites of swellings and bruises expands and thus reduce swelling and pain.
Let’s see one more formula of medicinal herbs where Ambahaldi has been used.
Boils and abcesses.
All these should be mixed in a required quantity of water and a thin paste is prepared, heated and used as poultice. Make a paste as per size of the boil or abcess and as far as possible, prepare fresh poultice every time. Already prepared and stored poultice, does not give desired results.
Some wounds take long time to heal. One gets tired of dressing the wounds. There is one formula of medicinal herbs for such non-healing wounds.
The wound should be first washed with Neem water. Neem powder ( half teaspoon) is boiled in 1 glass of water in a vessel till half quantity water is left behind. The filtered water should be poured on wound with a clean dropper. The wound should be cleaned, and then a thick lep of medicinal herbs, mentioned below, is applied.
Non – Healing Wounds.
This above mixture is warmed, a thick paste is filled in washed would & bandaged. The wound is washed with Neem water twice a day and the lep is applied. The wounds heal fast. Taking neem powder ½ teaspoon with water orally is also beneficial. Those with history of hereditary diabetes, should take the formula for ‘diabetics tendencies’ given elsewhere in this book.
Many times, the scars are left after healing of wounds. Some get elevations called keloids. Keloid skin is under tension & sometimes it is painful. For such Problems the above formula proves beneficial.
The medicinal herbs used for wounds, inflammation bruises must be sterilised and pure, otherwise they way cause harm insted of being beneficial