Bala (Sida Cordifolia)




Botanical Name – Sida Cordifolia

English Name– Country Mallow

Hindi Name – Khiranti, Bariyara

Common Name – Bala

Bala is a valuable Ayurvedic medicinal herb. Bala means ‘strength’. Bala is used in formulation of medicated oils for treating joint pain, swelling and improving strength of bones, muscles and joints. It helps in the treatment of broad spectrum of ailments such as bronchial asthma, fever, dry cough, nervous debility, emaciation, infertility etc.

It grows as an erect hairy plant. It can be seen as a weed across the tropical and subtropical regions in India and Sri Lanka. According to Ayurveda, Bala is light to digest & increases the moistness of tissues. It also acts as a body coolant. Bala is used mostly as a one of the best herbs for weight loss, asthma and bronchitis.

Classical Categorization


Brihmaneeya (group of herbs used to improve strength and nourishment of body.)

Prajasthapana (group of herbs that promote Fetal health.)

Madhuraskanda (group of sweet taste herbs.)

Balya (Herbs used in the strengthening of body.)

Group of herbs used in asthapanabasti (Decoction enema)


Vatasamshana (group of herbs used to balance Vata dosha.)

Energetics of Bala

According to Ayurveda

Rasa (taste) – Madhura (sweet)

Guna (qualities) – guru (heavy to digest), snigdha (unctuousness, oily), Picchila (sticky)

Vipaka (taste conversion after digestion) – madhura (sweet)

Veerya – Cold potency

Effect on Tridosha: Balances all the three Doshas, especially Vata.

Parts used – Root

Chemical Constituents

It contains Asparagin, alkaloids: Ephedrine, hypaphorine, vasicinone, vasicine and vasicinol, choline, betaine, phytosterol, mucin, saponine, gelatin, potassium nitrate, rutin, sterculic acid, malvalic and coronaric acid, fatty acid, palmitic acid, stearic acid etc.


  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Diuretic
  • Aphrodisiac
  • Analgesic
  • Hypoglycemic
  • Rejuvenative
  • Tonic


Weight loss

According to some health experts, this herb can help you in igniting the central nervous system. It will further boost the pulse and blood pressure. Slowly, metabolic rate of the body increases which will help shed off those extra kilos. But there is no scientific proof yet.

Others believe it has hypoglycemic effect and helps lower the glucose levels. As per a scientific proof, Bala can reduce the blood glucose around 31%.


In ancient times, bala was used to increase the beauty of kings and queen. It is quite beneficial in enhancing the beauty.

It is usually given with Ashoka and Shatavari for good results.

It is also used in treating Urticaria, Abscesses, boils, cysts, buboes (swollen lymph nodes) and ulcers.

Respiratory Disorders

Its role has been identified in treating asthma, bronchitis, common cold, nasal congestion, sinus, cough and wheezing. It helps relieve chest congestion.


It is very useful in treating Piles, especially bleeding piles.

Digestive Problems

Bala helps in absorbing water and nutrients from the intestines and also controls motility of the large intestine. It is therefore used in the treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

It is also a good appetizer.

Arthritis and rheumatism

It is beneficial in the treatment of arthritis and joint pains. It also helps to reduce the stiffness of joints. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, it helps reduce inflammation in the body.


This herb is helpful in increasing both quality and quantity of sperm thus beneficial in infertility treatment. It is used to treat pre-ejaculation of sperms and erectile dysfunction. Its role has also been identified to treat inflammation of the testicles.

It is also used as a component in Ayurvedic medicines concerning female infertility as it serves as a good uterine tonic.

As it is aphrodisiac, it stimulates sexual desire.

Urinary Tract Infections

As it is diuretic, it helps in cystitis and rejuvenates the urinary system. It is also used to treat painful urination.

Other Benefits

  • Oil made from bala is used in the treatment of cervical spondylosis, paralysis, facial paralysis.
  • Best nervine tonic and rejuvenative for all kinds of Vata disorders.
  • Used in the treatment of Tuberculosis, Phthisis, Ophthalmia, Gonorrhea
  • It helps promote hair
  • Fever

Fasten the healing of wounds



It contains ephedrine which may cause serious harmful effects. Please consult physician before using it.

Why Ayurveda24 Bala?

Concentrated with 500 mg extract of Bala


Organic product

Less dosage – one capsule a day will be sufficient.

We will soon witness the day where Modern Medicine and Herbs (opposite fields of medicine) will work together for the Treatment and Benefit of the human.



Additional information


100 gms. Powder, 200 gms. Powder, 500 gms Powder, 60 caps (500 mg. Extract)1 Pack, 2 packs (120 caps), 5 packs (300 caps)

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