Musk Mallow Hibiscus abelmoschus Remedies: Bad Breath, Sexual Weakness

By Dr MS Krishnamurthy MD(Ayu), PhD.
Musk Mallow or Muskdaana is an anti ageing and rejuvenating Ayurvedic herb. It is called Lata Kasturi in Sanskrit.
The plant is named so because if the seeds are macerated on soaking in water or liquids it gets the mild odor similar to the musk (Kasturi). 

Sanskrit name – Latakasturi or Mushka beeja
Botanical name  – Hibiscus abelmoschus Linn
Malvaceae family.
English names – Ambrette, Yorka okra, Ornamental okra, Musk Mallow

The plants are found usually in temperate regions. This is located and cultivated abundantly in Bengal, Bihar, Uttar pradesh etc.
Seeds are the main usable parts and rarely the leaves and roots are also used.

The seeds are sweet mixed bitter in taste, cold and light in quality. It is capable of treating the phlegm, thirst, urinary disorders, male sexual debility etc. In fact it is expectorant, mild coolant, anti flatulent, appetizer and pacifier of high Pitta disorders.
Read related: Latakasturi – Abelmoschus moschatus Uses, Research

The below given points show its importance being simple and effective remedies in the treatment of various ill health conditions-

1. Leaf and root paste for burning sensation in scalp or forehead:
The leaf or root are taken and fine paste is made by pounding with water or aloe vera juice/pulp. This is applied to the forehead or middle of the scalp. This pacifies the burning sensation quite effectively.

2. Fine powder for bad breath and dryness of mouth:
Fine powder of the seeds is retained in the mouth or chewed. for 5 – 10 minutes of time. This relieves bad breath and dryness of the mouth.

3. Seed hot infusion or cold infusion for male sexual debility:
Seeds are soaked in water for 1-2 hours and later added to 4 times hot water. Macerated and filtered. According to the need milk or sugar candy can also be added. This helps to relieve the fatigue and also the male sexual debility.

4. Seed decoction for dry cough, mouth ulcers, dysuria and constipation:
The fresh decoction of the seeds is taken by adding  sugar candy. This effectively pacifies the complaints like dry cough, mouth ulcers, dysuria and constipation.
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.

In future days this herbal drug may get the importance in food and beverage industry as it can be used safely and directly in the preparation of nutritional health drinks and soft drinks. As this can be used in place of coffee seeds an alternate warm health drink can also be designed. As the world seeks and needs alternate for the drinks like coffee and tea such drugs can be used quite effectively.
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