Herbal remedies; herb Punarnava for diabetese and kidney disease
Herbs have gone a long way from ancient villages to present day metropolitan cities. India and China in Asia are the two rich sources of herbal medicinal plants that are being widely used. According to estimates, over one-fourth of the total people in the world rely upon traditional herbal remedies. The most striking fact about herbs is that they won’t cause any side effects as they are natural.
My parents have great belief in traditional herbal remedies. My mother used to try several herbal remedies for ailments like common cold, cough and skin allergies for us. They are not fast-healing medicines, but are highly effective when taken as preventives. Basil (Tulsi) and Indian lilac (Neem) are grown in almost all Indian homes that have high therapeutic values.
I had no idea that herbs can cure major health issues until I came across this incident. One of my close relatives was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease and it was not possible for him to move on without dialysis. This was really shocking for all of us as he was a strong man free of any illness. Hardly had he suffered from even a mild cold and he was exorbitantly hard working. But apart from this, he was fond of sweets and used to eat a lot. This led him to be a diabetic gradually at the age of 70 years. He never cared about it and continued living like a healthy person. But when he hit 80, sugar level rose abnormally and affected kidney, the major health organ of our body.
Herb Punarnava as a renewer
Doing dialysis twice in a week was cumbersome for him as he had to travel about 35km. to the hospital. It took 6 to 7 hours for doing the whole process. Even after the dialysis, the urea and creatinine levels in the blood didn’t come down. The sugar level in blood was 150mg/dL as opposed to the normal 90 – 120 mg/dL. He was having a creatinine value 5.3mg/dL and urea value 173mg/dL.
I had to help him reciprocating for the several good deeds he has done for our family. But I had no idea of ‘how to’ as I haven’t done any medical studies. But some positive hope was instilling in my mind and I made some research. I got the exact information from the internet and came to know about the herb Punarnava. But it was not clear whether it would be effective for such an old-aged man with such high values of sugar, creatinine and urea.
Before proceeding for taking herbal treatment, I wanted to check whether it would not have any adverse effects as the body won’t be eliminating the waste because of renal disease. I took him to an Ayurvedic physician and was told that he could be cured as diabetes was the reason behind it. The doctor advised to prepare a Punarnava decoction to drink in the night before going to bed. It worked well and within a week, sugar level came down to 118 mg/dL. There was a tremendous decrease in creatinine and urea levels with 2.8 mg/dL and 75 mg/dL too. Dialysis got stopped and now he leads a healthy life following the strict diet and medicines prescribed by the physician.
Punarnava was called as a ‘renewer’ by ancient villagers as they had found it so powerful for renewing the life of an almost dead plant.
Making Punarnava decoction
You’ve to collect some roots of the herb Punarnava. Wash them thoroughly as the roots are covered with soil. Cut these roots into small pieces and weigh them to take 15 gm. Put them in a mortar and crush them fine using a pestle.
Boil 1 cup of milk with 4 cups of water in a thick bottomed vessel. Pour these crushed roots into it and stir well. Simmer and let it decoct until it reduces to 1 cup. The patient has to drink it in the night after food.
Collecting these Punarnava roots is not so easy. Capsules of this herb are also available that are manufactured by several companies. One of them is that from Himalaya. But drinking an aqueous solution is more effective than taking a capsule.
In Sanskrit language, ‘Punar’ means regaining/restoring and ‘nava’ stands for new. Punarnava is a weed that grows in different regions of India. This herb is seen in Brazil too, where it is called as Erva tostao. The Latin name of Punarnava is Boerhavia diffusa and it belongs to Nyctaginaceae family. Commonly known as Hog or Pig Weed and Spreading Hog Weed, Punarnava is an important herb in Ayurveda that has varieties of medicinal properties.
The science of Ayurveda states that the properties of Punarnava are bitter, astringent, cooling and purifying. The roots of Punarnava are potent diuretic effective for urinary troubles. Ayurveda Acharyas indicate the properties of this plant as light (laghu), dry (Ruksha) and hot potent (ushna veerya). All parts of this plant are used in Ayurvedic herbal preparations.
Whatever has been remarked about this herb, all are true according to my experience. I hope this hub would help some of those that are in panic with diabetese and kidney disease.
Caution: Consult your physician before taking this herbal medicine, especially if you've a major health issue. Don't consider it as a substitute for any other medicine.