Botanical Name: Fagonia arabica
- English: Khorasan thorn
- Ayurvedic: Dhanvayaasa, Dhanvayavaasa, Dhanvayaasaka, Duraalabhaa, Samudraantaa, Gaandhaari, Gandhari,Dhanvayas,
- Unani: Dhamaasaa.
- Also, known as: Dhamasa, Dhamaasaa, Kachhuraa, Anantaa, Ananta, Duhsparshaa, Duhsparsa, Duralambha, Dhanvyasakah, Virupa, Duralabha, Durlabha, Dhamaaso, Damahan, Dhamaasa, Hinguaa, Dhanhare, Kodittuva, Dama, Dhamah, Dhamaha, Tulganari, Chittigava, Gilaregati, Badavard, Baadaaward, Shawka al-Baidaa, Shukaaa, Aqsoon, Fagonie, Fagonia, Dhamah, Dhamaha, Dama, Dhamaan, Damahan, Dhamhar, Dusparsha, Dramah, Dhamaya, Soochi Booti, Shokai, Kodittuva, Tulganari
Habitat: Western India
Parts Used: Entire plant
Fagonia arabica is a short shrub that commonly grows in deserts. It is mostly mistaken for camel thorn, but both are very different altogether. The taproot externally brownish-green, rough, with longitudinal striations, centrally yellowish-green; fracture, fibrous. Length of stem pieces 0.3 to 1.4 cm thick, of flexible lengths. Green when they are young and brown when mature; two pairs of spines present at each node, spines sharp, slender, 1 to 2 cm in length; the external surface of stem green and whitish brown when they dry, striated; transversely smoothened surface showing a thin bark and prominent wood, bark peeling from the stem; fracture, short. Its leaves are small, subsessile, linear, and oblong. Entire leaflets are green or blackish brown, 0.5 to 1 cm in length, and 0.05 to 0.15 cm in width, without any prominent midrib region projected above the level of the lamina. Flowers are small, pale rose or purple, pedicels slender, 6 to 10 mm long; sepals 3 to 5 mm long, ovate, aristate; petals twice if the sepals, spathulate, claw long; ovary hairy, style tapering.
Historians believe that Arabs were the first people to have used this herb for medicinal purposes. It is also said that the Indians were the first. The thought school remains divided on who discovered this herb, but no matter who did, this herb is widely used by a lot of people across the globe. Its benefits have been proven repeatedly and it has gained a lot of popularity and has come in the common use of the people. It has found its place in Ayurveda, homeopathy and even modern medicine.
How to use:
There are different ways to use powdered herb.
Food Preparation: You can add powdered herbs to any super food, herbal smoothie, sauces, spreads and even cookies. Also for children, you can mix powdered herbs with honey or glycerin to make a paste. The thicker the paste, the more potent and herbal in taste. The sweet taste of honey and glycerin will help the medicine go down. This method is also known as "Electuaries".
Capsules: Encapsulating your own powdered herb at home, give you assurance that the contents of the capsules are pure herb and no filler or any other products. These capsules can be taken with liquid.
Poultice: Poultice can be made with an herbal powder and liquid (mostly water) to form a paste which is then applied to the skin. This method is very helpful for skin conditions.
Herbal shot: Powdered herb can be mixed with water, fruit juice or other liquid to make herbal shot.
You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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