Mallow tree is found throughout India especially in the suburbs. This tree is known as Atibala in Sanskrit and Kungi in Hindi. This tree is known to give innumerable strength. That is why it is known as Atibala. Ati means great amount and bala means strength. There has been mention in the Ramayana and the Mahabharata about the Mallow tree. Its leaves, flowers, seeds, roots all are powerful. Just because of ignorance these trees are neglected. I shall try to explain the virtual uses of this tree.
The leaves of this plant are delicate and contain a thick sticky substance. They help in removing the impurities from the body. In fact, in most parts of India people use the leaves as vegetable. Let us see how it helps our body:-
Fever: Soak the leaves in water for sometime, add little saccharine and sip slowly. If given in small amounts fever will be reduced.
Stones and burning sensation in urine: Boil four to five leaves in water until it is reduced to half, strain it add saccharine and give three times a day. This will reduce burning sensation and can even melt the stones and remove through urine.
Remedy for eyes: As told above boil and obtain the solution. Let it cool. Now close your eyes and wash with this solution. It can even improve the eye sight apart from removing the eye obstacle.
Mad dog bite: If a mad dog bites immediately extract the juice of the leaves and drink it. Apply the paste of the leaves on the bitten area. This works as antidote to poison.
Cough: Soak flowers and leaves for few hours in lukewarm water. Filter the solution and drink to get relief from cough and hoarseness of throat.
These days the dried flowers and extract of this tree are used in many commercial tea blends and over the counter medication as a relief for cough.
For Palpitation: Take seven leaves of Mallow plant extract the juice add sugar and keep drinking this juice. The heat in the body will reduce and heartbeat will also become normal.
Eczema, acne, insect bites etc. : This tree has astringent, anti- bacterial, anti-inflammatory properties that can be useful externally for wounds, skin rashes, insect bites, eczema and acne. This is also used to treat wounds or inflammation of the mucous membrane in the mouth, throat, stomach etc. This extract is even added to creams which are used to treat skin conditions.
Back pain: Take the tea and make poultice with leaves to reduce any pain.
Piles: Bleeding piles can be controlled by eating the leaves cooked as vegetable.
Heart Diseases: Make fine powder of roots and store in a bottle. Take two pinches of powder and add cow ghee. Take this an hour before meal both the times. This gives strength to your heart and gives glow to your face.
Ulcerative colitis: Regular consumption of the leaves eases the pain of ulcerative colitis and prevent stomach ulcers from perforation.
Asthma: Respiratory disorders like asthma can be treated with mallow plant.
By Nibhanapudi Suguna