This article is written by Dr MS Krishnamurthy MD(Ayu), PhD.
Moorva balances all the three Doshas, mainly Pitt Dosha. It is bitter mixed sweet in taste, heavy and motile in quality, effective in urinary disorders, cardiac diseases, skin diseases and fever.
Many herbs are taken in the name of Moorva.
Marsdenia tenacissima W&A
Sanseviera roxburghiana Schult (Haemodoraceae),
Bauhinia vahlii W &A (Leguminaceae),
Clematis gouriana Roxb (Ranunculaceae),
Maerua arenaria Hook f. &Th (Capparidaceae),
Helicterus isora Linn (Sterculaceae) etc.
Commonly accepted species – Marsdenia tenacissima (Asclepiadaceae)
Part used root and stems.
Habitat: Bihar, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh and in Himalayan ranges.
The texts like Sahasrayoga, Chikitsamanjari etc several formulations derived out of Murva.
Read related: Murva Marsdenia tenacissima: Benefits, Remedies, Research, Side Effects
Root decoction for constipation and hemorrhoids:
Roots are taken and decoction is made (dry roots can also be used). 30 ml of the decoction is administered along with a teaspoon of palm jaggery. This increases the appetite and taste. This acts as a good medicament in constipation and hemorrhoids.
General method of preparation of decoction (kashaya) 1 tablespoon of powder is added with 2 cups of water, boiled and reduced to 1 cup, filtered.
Stem decoction or hot infusion for Vata disorders and fever associated chronic diseases:
The lukewarm decoction of Murva stem is effective in Vata disorders such as like bodyache, muscular pain, neuritis etc. Also this is of utmost use in Pyrexia of unknown origin.
Whole plant decoction for goiter, syphilis, bleeding disorders and skin diseases:
2-3 decades back, this was the common formulation of choice while treating the conditions like goiter, syphilis, bleeding disorders, chronic skin diseases, PUO, bleeding disorders (summer season) in Palakkad district of Kerala. They used to prepare the decoction or hot infusion out of the whole plant.
Root juice or powder with honey in chronic cough and senile cough:
The fresh juice of the root or its powder is mixed with honey and given to lick. This is effective in senile cough, chronic cough, allergic respiratory tract infections etc.
Root bark powder for type II DM :
In recent days its root bark is used in the treatment of Type II Diabetes. Bbuttermilk is used as vehicle along with this medicine.
It has become indeed necessary to overcome the controversies in relation to the identity of herbs. Meanwhile we should openly accept the local / possible substitute which fulfills the need of the time. Also it is very essential to validate the safety profiles of those drugs which are determined or substituted as a variety of Murva. Or else few of the classical formulations may extinguish from the list of Ayurvedic pharmacopoeia.
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