Camelthorn: Alhagi maurorum (Javasa) Remedies: Vertigo, Cough, Allergy

This article is written by Dr MS Krishnamurthy MD(Ayu), PhD.
Camelthorn (also called Yavasa, Dhanvayasa) is a very itchy Ayurvedic herb. It should be collected with care. Folklore practitioners use its leaves for detection of pregnancy. However, its scientific validation is awaited. 

Botanical name – Alhagi Camelorum  Fisch., Alhagi pseudalhagi (M.Bieb.) Desv. ex B.Keller & Shap., Fagonia cretica,
Hedysarum alhagi L. H. pseudalhagi M.Bieb.
Leguminaceae family.
English name – Arabian or Persian Manna plant.

Habitat: Found as weed in Maharashtra, Kerala, Karnataka, Punjab, Uttarpradesh, Rajasthan etc.
Part used: Root

Medicinal properties of Fagonia cretica / Alhagi Camelorum
As per Ayurveda, roots possess sweet-bitter and astringent tastes.
This is cold in potency and light for digestion.
This is helpful to pacify the Kapha (phlegm) and Meda (fat – adipose tissue) related disorders.

The formulations derived out of this herb  is capable to cure the diseases like Bhrama (vertigo), bleeding disorders (raktapitta), skin diseases of various kinds (kushtha), cough (kasa), herpes (visarpa), gout (vatarakta) etc.
Duralabha, another variety of this plant (Fagonia arabica Linn) is used as a substitute for this drug.
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Few important remedies of Javasa:
Hot infusion of the root of Camelthorn for vertigo and haemorroids:
The Yavasa roots are collected and made into coarse powder. 1 tablespoon of it is added with a cup of hot water, kept for a while, macerated and decanted. This is administered in a dose of 20-30 ml twice or thrice daily. Useful in treating vertigo and hemorrhoids.

Decoction of the wet roots of Camelthorn in chronic cough and throat irritation :
Wet roots of the plant are collected and made into decoction. This has significant benefits in laryngitis, throat irritation, mouth ulcers, chronic cough, allergic disorders 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.
Cold infusion of the root of Alhagi maurorum in menopausal syndrome and Pitta disorders:
Cold infusion of the roots is taken along with sugar candy. This pacifies Pitta disorders. Menopausal syndrome can be effectively managed by taking this decoction with the fine powder of Yashtimadhu (licorice)

Fine powder and Javasa and Yashtimadhu (Glycchiriza glabra) for allergic rhinitis and bronchitis:
Equal amount of Yavasa and Yashtimadhu are taken and fine powder is made. This is administered in a dose of 5 grams, with a teaspoon of honey, once or twice a day, before food. This is useful in treating allergic rhinitis, bronchitis, hemorrhoids, vertigo etc.
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