35 Health Benefits Of Lemon – Ayurveda Details

Lemon is used extensively in Ayurveda. It is used in food, in medicine and also in purification procedure of metalling Ayurvedic ingredients. For medicinal purpose, it is used predominantly in digestive disorders. Botanical name of lemon is Citrus medica, it belongs to Rutaceae family. 

Synonyms: Jambira, Nimbuka, Dantashata

Classical categorization:
Charaka –
Phalavarga (group of fruits), Amlavarga (group of sour substances)
Sushruta and Vagbhata – Phalavarga (group of fruits)

Medicinal properties:
Rasa – Taste – Amla (sour)
Guna (qualities) – Laghu (light to digest), Teekshna (piercing)
Vipaka – taste conversion after digestion – Amla – Sour
VeeryaUshna – Hot potency

Vakrashodhi – lemon juice, when used to rinse or when consumed, leads to cleansing of oral cavity. Hence lemon juice is a good remedy for bad breath or tongue coating problems.

Rochana – Lemon increases digestion power.
Dantaharshana –
Being sour in taste, it may cause tingling sensation in teeth.

Trushna Nivarana – It relieves thirst. Hence, lemon juice is one of the preferred drinks to quench thirst.

Shula Nivarana – relieves abdominal colic pain. This is the reason, lemon juice is the first home remedy, used for gastritis pain and colicky pain due to indigestion. This is the reason, it is the ingredient of innumerable Ayurvedic medicines used in digestive disorders, such as Lashunadi Vati

Kasa Nivarana – Lemon is extremely useful to relieve coughing. It soothes the mucus of the throat.

Kaphotklesha, Chardi Nivarana – It helps to relieve excessive accumulation of Kapha in stomach, leading to vomiting. Hence, lemon juice is drunk whenever one feels nausea, excessive salivation, vomiting etc.

In such cases, in some people, either the vomiting feeling is relieved or the person vomits and expels out all the excessive, vitiated Kapha out of the body, due to lemon. It has cleansing action over the stomach, when there is excess of Kapha (heaviness, excessive gastric secretions and indigestion.)

Trushnahara – Relieves excessive thirst.
Amadoshahara – It relieves Ama, a product of indigestion and malabsorption.

Asya vairasya hara – Relieves bad breath

Hrutpeeda – relieves pain in chest region, due to gastritis.
Vahnimandyahara – it promotes digestion. Hence, it is an ingredient in many Ayurvedic medicine for indigestion such as – Hingvadi Churna.

Trushnahara – Relieves excessive thirst.
Amadoshahara – It relieves Ama, a product of indigestion and malabsorption.

Asya vairasya hara – Relieves bad breath

Hrutpeeda – relieves pain in chest region, due to gastritis.
Vahnimandyahara – it promotes digestion. Hence, it is an ingredient in many Ayurvedic medicine for indigestion such as – Hingvadi Churna
Krumihara – It relieves intestinal worms.
The smaller variety of lemon also carries similar health benefits.
Vataghna –Balances Vata.
Dipana, Pachana – Digestive, improves digestive enzymes
Laghu (light to digest)
Useful in abdominal colic caused to imbalance of Vata, Pitta and kapha.
Visha hara – It is a natural detoxifying herb. This is the reason, it is used in the purification procedure of many mineral ingredients, such as Iron pyrite.

It helps to relieve constipation and gastro-enteritis.

 Effect of Lemon on Tridosha - 
Unripe lemon is sour in taste. It decreases Vata and kapha but increases Pitta.
Ripe lemon decreases Pitta and Kapha.

Lemon benefits for face and skin - It is attributed with qualities like
Varnya – improves complexion and skin texture
Pushtiprada – it nourishes the skin. (Reference: Raja Nighantu)
Being sour, it enters into deep pours and brings about cleansing action.

Lemon use in weight loss - Hot water lemon therapy is a famous home remedy for weight loss. Drinking a glass of hot water, mixed along with 1 – 2 spoons of lemon juice extract, early in the morning, on emtpy stomach decreases fat deposition. Obesity is related with Kapha dosha, and lemon decreases Kapha. Hence it helps.

Lemon for vascular health - Regular use of lemon in diet helps to decrease cholesterol deposition in the blood vessels. Hence it lowers the risk of heart diseases. (reference)

Lemon for cancer – There are unconfirmed reports of use of lemon as a medicine in cancer therapy. But much research is required in this regard.

All in all, if you have a kitchen at home, lemon is a must ingredient in it.

 

Dr JV Hebbar is an Ayurveda Doctor, Assistant Professor, From Mangalore, India. Click here to consult Dr Hebbar
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Comments

  1. Lemon is full of vitamin C, very healthy thing. But if you worm the juice, you destroy this vitamin. Some people say that lemon has cooling feature. Doctor, shall one drink lemon juice while got cold?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Lemon is hot in nature, as per Ayurveda.
      During cold, one can drink lemon juice, but in very limited quantity only.

  2. DFG dont worm the juice just taken with warm water …..its called as anupana in ayurveda…it increases the potency of drug action.

  3. A.Hanumantharau says:

    The article is an eye opener to the new generation, with it’s professorial way of expression keeping in view of the layman to the fully equipped person, with the glossary of all the terms used in the article to be easily discernable for all.

  4. Hi Doctor ,

    I read some where about the same for Lemon.But what they have written is to Mix 2 tb of honey along with Lemon in Warm Water with empty stomach in the morning is good for health .Is it True.How it helps?can pls explain?

  5. donroy81 says:

    Hello Dr. Hebbar, If lemon is hot in nature, is having lemonade in summer to “cool off” counterproductive?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      The sugar added to the lemonade balances the hotness of lemon and gives nourishing and cleansing effect. So, it is not really counter-productive.

  6. I want to know ,is lemon helpful in increasing heomoglobin during pregnancy or not?

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