By Dr MS Krishnamurthy MD (Ayu), PhD
Atasi is known to Indians since 2,500 years. Ayurvedic classical literature refers use of Atasi in the form of vegetable as well as the oil.
Its botanical name is- Linum usitatissimum.
It is high in protein and help in strengthening the nerves and building the muscles. It is also found to be good for the proper functioning of the heart, brain, skin, and reproductive system.
The scientific studies have shown that the Alsi has potent Analgesic, Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant, Antiplatelet, anticancer, Antitussive,Cardio tonic, Digestive, Diuretic, Emmenagogue, Emollient, Expectorant, Galactagogue, Hypocholesterolemic, Hypoglycemic, Laxative and Lipolytic properties.
The flaxseed is considered to be a confident drug in the treatmnent of several diseases like Atherosclerosis,Backache, Constipation, Piles, Fistula, Cough, Pleurisy, Pneumonia,Gonorrhea ,Gout, Rheumatism, High Cholesterol, Obesity etc
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Some of the important home remedies and its health benefits are referred here below –
1. Atasi seed soaked in water in urinary disorders:
1-2 teaspoons of Atasi seeds are soaked in a cup of water for overnight. Next day it is macerated well and filtered. This is consumed before food for the treatment of burning urination.
2. Linseed oil added to warm water in obesity and hyper cholesterol:
Early in the morning 2-3 ml linseed oil is added to a cup of warm water and taken in empty stomach.This helps to reduce the total cholesterol, and to reduce the mass in case of obesity.
3. Linseed, cumin seeds and fenugreek mixture for increasing the breast milk:
Equal amount of seeds of Linseed, cumin seeds and fenugreek are taken and fine powder is made. This is mixed thoroughly and taken twice a day in the dose of 5 gram along with milk.This improves lactation.
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4.Linseed leaf juice in wasp sting:
Fresh, mature flax leaves are crushed to obtain fresh juice. In case of emergency, as a first aid this is applied over the wasp sting area. This quickly relieves burning sensation and pain.
5. Flower paste of linseed in throat pain:
2 – 3 fresh flowers are collected and added with a pinch of salt it is made into fine paste. This is applied around the throat. This pacifies throat pain in significant way.
6. Linseed soaked in butter milk (paste) in case of arthritis:
One fist full of seeds are soaked in sour buttermilk. On proper moistening this is made into fine paste and applied over the joints.This relieves joint pain by one or two weeks.
Single drug therapies and simple medicines are abundantly practiced in villages and by some traditional healers.Proper documentation and scientific validation and developing the rationality behind such therapies is the need of the hour.Linseed or flax seed is not an exception for that.