Skunk Vine (Paederia foetida) Remedies: Neuropathy, Arthritis

This article is written by Dr MS Krishnamurthy MD(Ayu), PhD.
Paederia foetida Linn is a  very good neuro-stimulant, analgesic and anti inflammatory herb. It is called Skunk Vine, stink vine and Chinese fever vine in English. 

Sanskrit name – Gandha Prasarini
Manjishtha kula (Rubiaceae).

Habitat:
The plants are available in large quantity as a weed in Gujarat, Karnataka, Assam, Tamilnadu, Kerala and West Bengal.
The name ‘foetida’ or ‘Gandhaprasarini’ indicates the bad odor that this vine emits.
The roots are the main usable parts of this plant. But, in practice e whole plant is used for medicinal purpose.

The plant is appreciated for its qualities like Guru guna (heaviness) and hot potency (Ushna veerya). Due to the said properties it acts effectively in pacifying the vatic complaints.
The drug also effective in fracture healing, being aphrodisiac and in pacifying the gouty arthritis.

Prasarinyadi taila, Prasarinyadi kashaya etc are the well known formulations derived out of this drug.
Read related: Paederia foetida – Gandha Prasarini – Benefits, Usage, Dose, Side Effects

Gandh Prasarni – Skunk vine remedies:
Leaf juice in abdominal pain and flatus:
The leaves are of foul smell. So this recipe should be administered with caution. Patient may feel nausea. To mask this, equal quantity of lemon juice can be added to leaf juice.
Leaf is made into fine paste and squeezed to obtain the fresh juice. This is administered in the dose of 2-3 ml, preferably on empty stomach. This relieves the abdominal pain, flatus, recurrent complaint of worm infestation etc.

Traditional oil for Vatic complaints, especially in neuralgia and muscular pains:
Whole plant is crushed well and fine paste is made – taken in 1 part quantity
Drug decoction is prepared – taken in 16 part quantity
Sesame oil is taken in 4 parts quantity.

The mixture is cooked till complete evaporation of the moisture.
This is used external in the conditions of neuralgia, muscular pain, joint pains etc.
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. 

Fine paste of the whole plant in arthritis and inflammatory conditions:
The leaves are taken and fine paste is made. As per the need little tamarind leaves can also be mixed. This paste is applied over joints and it effectively pacifies the swelling and pain caused in arthritis.

Decoction of Gandhaprasarini , ginger and cumin seeds for joint pains and body ache:
The drugs Gandhaprasarini , Shunthi and Jeeraka are taken in equal amount and decoction is made. This is administered internally in the dose of 20-30 ml. This is effective in joint pains and body ache.

Traditional practices keep the classical knowledge alive. Even though few of the classical formulations, therapeutic uses are declining in recent days the traditional healers and folklore practitioners still use it in un-refined way. Further, such practices stand as evidence for the future generation. That is why such folk practices and contributions of folk healers should be appreciated and due care should be given.
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