Description : Sida cordifolia or Country mallow is known as Bala in Ayurveda. The word Bala refers to strength. This herb is used to increase strength of body. Bala is an ancient Ayurvedic herb, used widely in a variety of Ayurvedic medicines and oils to improve strength of bones, muscles and joints. Its botanical name is Sida cordifoloia, of Malvaceae family. Some use Sida retusa also in the name of Bala.
Sida cordifolia is also known as Bala in Ayurvedic medicine and it is one of the most useful medicinal plant in Ayurvedic literature. There are various varieties of “Bala” described in Ayurveda and all of them are used in medicine. Sida codifolia is plain Bala and Balarishta, Bala herb Powder are popularly used for various health concerns. Ashwagandha Bala massage oil is also very useful for emaciation in children and general weakness in men or women.
Sida cordifolia (Bala), country mallow, heart-leaf sida or flannel weed is a shrub of mallow family or Malvaceae family and is native to India. The other 4 types of Bala are other plants but due to their common uses, they are called Naagbala, Peetbala, Atibala and Bala. The plant Bala is Sida cordifolia. The cordifolia refers to the heart shaped leaves of the plant sida cordifolia.
USES AND BENEFITS OF SIDA CORDIFOLIA POWDER :
- Stamina building
- Asthma and allergies
- Weight Loss
- General weakness due to Diabetes or other reasons
- Muscular dystrophy and Muscle weakness
- The essential oil has rejuvenating properties, which aids in nervine disorders and mental debility.
- The oil has anti-inflammatory properties which relieve joint and muscles aches.
- Country Mallow is known to stimulate sexual organs and enhance the male libido.
- In recent times, the herb is being used in weight loss supplements.
Medicinal and Healing Applications : Analgesic, aphrodisiac, demulcent, diuretic, nervine, rejuvenative, stimulant, tonic, vulnerary
Roots of these species are: aromatic, astringent, bitter, cooling, demulcent, diuretic, febrifuge, stomachic, and tonic.
Indian scientists in 1930 reported the presence of a sympathomimetic alkaloid in this herb whose pharmacological action closely resembled that of ephedrine and they thought that the alkaloid was undoubtedly ephedrine. Later work has shown that the sympathomimetic alkaloid had showed all the chemical and physical characteristics of ephedrine. This explains the widespread use of this herb in Ayurveda as a cardiac stimulant. The seeds are considered to be aphrodisiac. Scientists have also reported that the pharmacological action of this herb caused marked and persistent rise of blood pressure in anaesthetised or decerebrated animals.