Grapes And Raisins – Uses, Research

Grape is the one of the must-have fruits for everyone. Ayurveda says “Drakshaa Phalottamaa” – of all the fruits grape is the best.  When we go to the fruit market, we can not get the sweet grapes always.  We may get more-sweet-little-sour variety or more-sour-little sweet variety etc. Each of those varieties have their own effect on Tridosha and our health as a whole. Let us explore the Ayurvedic health benefits of grapes varieties -dry and fresh,  unripe, semi ripe, full ripened etc.

grapes Ayurveda
Grapes benefits:
Unripe grapes:
Unripe grapes are hot and pungent in nature, can cause Pitta imbalance, leading to skin and blood vitiation.

Semi ripened grapes:
Semi ripened grapes are more sour than sweet. It improves appetite, improves taste.

More sweet less sour ripened grapes: |
Ripened grapes relieve thirst, useful in bleeding disorders, calms Pitta, it is soothing.

Dry Grapes  or Raisin benefits:
Helps in easy bowel movement
Natural coolant
Very good for eyes
In most of the Ayurvedic preparations, where grapes are mentioned as ingredient, dry grapes are used.
Dry grapes / raisin is useful in the treatment of excessive thirst, fever, respiratory problems, vomiting, gout, liver disorders, excessive burning sensation, dryness, emaciation.
Raisin calms the mind. Hence, it is a good idea to have some grapes when you feel tired, burnt out or confused.
Raisins are also used in the treatment of intestinal disorders.
Raisin is especially used in treating the hang over due to excessive alcohol intake. and to reduce the effect of alcohol on body.
Hence it is advisable for regular alcoholics to have dry grapes often.

For students, to avoid tiredness, it is advised to soak 5 raisins over night. next day morning, throw away the water and eat the soaked raisin. (Source: Divine Park)

तृष्णादाह ज्वरश्वास रक्तपित्त क्षतक्षयान्|
वातपित्तमुदावर्तं स्वरभेदं मदात्ययम्||१२५||
तिक्तास्यतामास्यशोषं कासं चाशु व्यपोहति|
मृद्वीका बृंहणी वृष्या मधुरा स्निग्धशीतला||१२६||
tṛṣṇādāha jvaraśvāsa raktapitta kṣatakṣayān|
vātapittamudāvartaṃ svarabhedaṃ madātyayam||125||
tiktāsyatāmāsyaśoṣaṃ kāsaṃ cāśu vyapohati|
mṛdvīkā bṛṃhaṇī vṛṣyā madhurā snigdhaśītalā||126|| – Charaka Samhita Sutrasthana 27

Raisin provides immediate cure for
Trishna – excessive thirst,
Daha – Burning sensation
Jwara – fever
Shwasa – asthma, respiratory disorders involving difficulty in breathing
Raktapitta – bleeding disorders like nasal bleeding and menorrhagia
Kshata – chest injury
Kshaya – tuberculosis, chronic respiratory diseases wasting of muscles
Vata Pitta disorders
Udavarta – bloating
Swarabheda – hoarse voice
Madatyaya – alcoholism
Tiktasyata – bitter taste in tongue
Asya Shosha – mouth dryness
Kasa – cold, cough
Raisins are
Bruhmani – improves nourishment
Vrushya – aphrodisiac
Madhura – sweet
Snigdha – unctuous, oily
Sheetala – coolant

For gastritis, acidity, oral thrush, mouth blisters – Soak five almonds and raisins in water at night. Next morning, eat the raisin and almonds on empty stomach. Make sure that raisins are sweet in taste. 

grapes with milk is best avoided. Because Ayurveda advises to avoid sour fruits processing with milk.
Home remedy:
Raisin, Amla, Ginger, honey remedy for cough and asthma

Ayurvedic medicines with raisin as ingredient:
useful in cold, cough, asthma, colon cleansing.
Drakshasava – useful in intestinal worms, injuries, wounds
Drakshadi Kashayam –
useful in hangover treatment, tiredness, dizziness etc.
Manasamitra vatakam – used in treating depression, loss of memory, psychiatric conditions.
Drakshadi Vati – tablet, used in anorexia,heart burn, dizziness, indigestion

Grapes to improve health of artery (blood pipes) –
French National Institute of Agricultural Research (INRA) and the French National Institute Of Health and Medical Research (NSERM) conducted a clinical research study with double blind, randomized controlled crossover trial with 48 women. They concluded that consuming grapefruit juice, rich in flavanone may improve arterial function, compared to a flavanone-free drink. It is especially useful in arterial stiffness.  – Source

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  1. Should we avoid dried grapes (raisins) with milk too? Isn’t it common to add raisins in payasam (or kheer) which is usually milk-based?

  2. the water in which raisins are soaked has nutritional value. Then why throw instead of drinking?

    • Well, yes. That can also be done, but I do not think it will be so nutritious to consider drinking. All the water soluble active principles of the raisin will be still intact within the swollen raisins, rather than getting transferred to water just over the period of 10 hours.

  3. Grapes improve metabolism and have diuretic, anti inflammation, light laxative and inducing perspiration effect.The fruit provides instant energy. The fruit is good to consume in conditions like gout, rheumatism, constipation and disorders of skin and liver.

  4. Nice information. Thanks. Can you please provide information on the difference between kishmish (without seed) and Munakka (with seed). I think both are prepared from the grapes. The benefits both offer etc and way to consume them.

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