This article is written by Dr MS Krishnamurthy MD(Ayu), PhD.
White Musli is a proven aphrodisiac, enhances sexual power, rejuvenates cells and helps in anti ageing treatment. It is also a very good tonic for fatigue and depression.
Sanskrit Shweta musali is considered due to its advantage over the other variety, Krishna musali.
Botanical name – Asparagus adscendens Roxb
Other member of the same family Chlorophytum arundinaceum Baker is is also used as white Musli.
Krishna musali – Curculigo orchioides also possesses similar medicinal and health benefits .
Safed mushli is available in large amount in western Himalayan ranges, Gujarat, Punjab and Maharashtra. In recent years even in Karnataka and Kerala it is cultivated as commercial crop.
The rhizomes of the plant are used and they are agreeable in nature with good aroma.
The rhizomes are sweet mixed bitter in taste, hot in potency and undergoes Sweet bio transformation (Vipaka-madhura).
It is heavy in nature for digestion and hence prescribed afterv proper carmination or along with digestive medicaments.
Musali khadiradi kashaya, Musali paka, Musali kapikacchu paka, Vrishya modaka etc are the important preparations of this drug.
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Important White Musli remedies:
Decoction or medicated milk of Shweta Musali in muscular dystrophy:
Fine powder of any variety of Musali is made into decoction or cooked with milk and medicated milk is prepared. This can be taken as such or with sugar candy. This is very effective in emaciating disorders, especially ijn muscvular dystrophy.
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.
Musali powder with milk or Gulkhand or ghee for sexual vigor, rejuvination and for bulk enhancing:
Fine powder of mushli is used in the dose of 500 mg-2 gram along with Gulkhand or ghee or milk. This promotes sexual vigor, enhances the body strength and makes the body firm and stable.
Fine paste of the cooked Musali along with sugar candy for leucorrhoea, phosphaturia and fatigue:
1 tablespoon of Musali is cooked in a cup of milk and fine paste is made by adding a teaspoon of jaggery or sugar candy. This is administered as a food supplement, especially in children to improve immunity and muscle strength.
In adults also it can be used as a remedy to treat fatigue, emaciation, white discharge, phosphaturia, fatigue, back ache etc.
Fine paste application for hair line fractures (folklore practice):
In folklore practice the fine paste of the rhizomes of Musali is used to apply over the fractured lesions; traditional bone setters of Kerala and Tamil Nadu use this kind of bandage for its early healing.
Fine powder of Musali is used along with Kapikacchu – Mucuna pruriens (Mucuna pruriens), Ashwagandha(Withania somnifera), Gokshura (Tribulus terrestris), Tila (Sesamum indicum) etc in various rejuvinating and aphrodisiac preparations.
Musali herb can be used as a dietary supplement and is found to be safe for long term use (2 – 3 months time).
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