Brihati

Botanical Name – Solanum indicum

English Name- Poison berry, Bush tomato, African eggplant, Indian nightshade

Hindi Name- Badi kateri, Vanabhanta

Sanskrit Name – Bruhati, Kshudrabhantaki, Simha

Brihati is a spiny (pricky) and highly branched perennial shrub, found in warmer, moist and shady places, the tropical parts of India upto an elevation of 1500 m. It has a lot of medicinal properties including anti-inflammatory, anti-asthmatic, analgesic, diuretic and much more.

In Ayurveda, ‘Brihati’ refers to the dried roots of the plant Solanum indicum.

It is one of the 10 roots (comes under Laghupanchamula) of the famous Dashamoola concoction, an excellent formulation for inflammatory conditions. It is extensively used in Ayurvedic treatment for respiratory problems (like asthma, catarrh, dry and spasmodic cough), dropsy, heart diseases, chronic fever, colic, difficulty in urination and worm infestation.

Classical Categorization

 Charak Samhita

Kanthya – herbs useful in throat disorders.

Hikkanigrahana – herbs useful in treating hiccups.

Shothahara – anti-inflammatory group of herbs.

Angamarda Prashamana – Pain relieving group of herbs.

Sushruta – Bruhatyadi, Lagu Panchamula

Vagbhata – Bruhatyadi

Chemical Composition

Leaves and roots contain the steroidal alkaloids, solanidine, solanine, and solasodine. Seed Oil contains of glycerides of lauric, stearic, palmitic, arachidic, oleic, linoleic acids together inclusice of phytosterols and carpesterol.

Other constituents include Solanocarpone, Carpesterol, Carotene, B-Sitosterol, Diosogenin, Lanosterol, Solamargine, Vitamin C etc.

Energetics of Brihati

 According to Ayurveda

Rasa (taste) – Katu (pungent), Tikta (bitter)

Guna (qualities) – Laghu (light), Rooksha (dry)

Veerya (potency) – Ushna (hot)

Vipaka (taste conversion after digestion) – Katu (pungent)

Effect on Tridoshas : Balances Kapha and Vata Dosha.

Parts Used : Root, Fruit

Ayurvedic Role

Deepana – Increases appetite, carminative

Pachana – Improves and aids digestion

Krimighna – Wormicidal

Vatahara  – Pacifies Vata dosha

Kaphahara – Pacifies Kapha dosha

Mutral – acts as diuretic

Kanthya – helps in throat related issues

Shothhar – anti-inflammatory

Hrudroga – useful in cardiac disorders

Jwaraapaha – relieves fever

Shwasaapaha – useful in asthma and other chronic respiratory disorders

Mandagni – improve digestion strength

Graahini – absorbent property, useful in diarrhea, IBS

Kushtajit – useful in skin diseases

Vandhyaanaam apathyadaa – useful in treating female infertility

Vatajit – useful in vata disorders

Shukra rechaka – helps in semen ejaculation issues

Role

  • Aphrodisiac(arouses sexual instinct)
  • Analgesic(pain killer)
  • Antipyretic/ febrifuge(prevent or reduce fevers)
  • Anti-inflammatory (reduces swelling)
  • Diuretic(increase urine content)
  • Carminative(relieving flatulence)
  • CNS depressant(slows down brain activity)
  • Antiasthmatic(relieves the symptoms of asthma)
  • Antitussive – (Prevent or relieve a cough.)
  • Astringent(causing the contraction of skin cells and other body tissues)
  • Antioxidant(prevents or slow damage to cells )
  • Anticarcinogenic(cancer protective)
  • Antirheumatic(reduces joint & muscle pains)
  • Antispasmodic (reduces abdominal pain)
  • Anthelmintic – Antiparasitic, removes parasitic worms (helminths) and other internal parasites from the body.
  • Anticatarrhal- Removes excess mucous from the body.
  • Depurative – Purifying agent.
  • Diaphoretic (sweating heavily)
  • Expectorant (used to treat coughs.)
  • Immunomodulator(modulation of the immune system)
  • Neuroprotector (protect the nervous system from injury and damage)

Benefits

Respiratory Disorders

Brihati is widely used in respiratory problems like cold, cough, sore throat, asthma and bronchitis.

Skin Disorders

Brihati is helpful in treating ringworm, itches, and scabies.

Digestive Disorders

It is helpful in Diarrhea in infants, treating anorexia, indigestion, dysentery, diarrhea, IBS, gas, intestinal worms and mal-absorption syndrome. It also boosts the functioning of the digestive system.

Heart Problems

Brihati is beneficial in strengthening the cardiac muscles, stimulates and strengthens the heart. It is useful in cardiac disorders and improves overall cardiovascular health too. It also works in Oedema.

Nervous Problems

It is very effective in treating neurological disorders. It also calms the nervous system.

Rheumatism

Brihati can be used effectively in treating gout, rheumatism.

Urine Issues

Brihati is commonly used in Urinary tract infections, dysuria, pain, difficulty in urination, less production of urine and urinary calculi.

Female Health

Brihati boosts uterine contraction, thus is used in treating issues like dysmenorrheal, amenorrhea and diseases related to post-delivery period. It is also used in difficult parturition (difficulty during labor). It is also used to treat female infertility.

Other Uses

  • Helpful in relieving abdominal colic pain.
  • Treats Alopecia
  • Relieves fever, vomiting
  • Promotes detoxification
  • Useful in relieving toothache, bad breath and removes tongue coating.
  • Can help in semen ejaculation problems, improves erection.
  • Detoxifies blood
  • Used in scorpion bites also

Dosage

One capsule a day, rest depends upon the ailment and requirement.

 

Caution

Consult physician before using in pregnancy and for children.

Why Ayurveda24 Brihati?

Concentrated with 250 mg extract of Brihati?

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Organic product

Less dosage – one capsule a day will be sufficient.

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