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Vijaya: The Kohinoor of the Herbs

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Vijaya: The Kohinoor of the Herbs
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Vijaya, a medicinal herb stated in Ayurveda, has a vital mentioning in the Shiv Puran. It is one of the five sacred herbs. Several people must have heard about Vijaya as a natural drug substance, but our Rishi Munis praised the herb for its medicinal benefits. The Rishi Munis who wrote Vedas examined 5000 herbal plants with benefits keeping Vijaya among the vital herbs. 

Vijaya as a Medicine in Ayurveda

Vijaya is one of the main herbs used for treatment in Ayurveda. In allopathy, ethanol acts as a base for medicines. Similarly, bhaang helps as a base for Ayurveda. Atharva Veda holds the earliest mentioning of Vijaya dating about 1500 BCE. It states that Kusa grass, Barley, Bhang, Saha, and Soma helps in releasing anxiety (Atharva Veda 11.6.15). Moreover, the Sushruta Samhita (600 BCE) prescribed the herb for phlegm, catarrh, and diarrhea. 

Then, it was an Indian folk medicine in aphrodisiacs and the treatment of pain. Also, the fumes of burning bhaang helped in treatments as an anesthetic in ancient times. 

Tuberculosis is a disease that has affected many people throughout India. Ayurveda (Upveda of Atharva Veda) mentions the treatment of Tuberculosis with bhaang as the main component. Also, diseases like leprosy can get treated with the help of Bhang.

Vijaya is a complex plant having about 400 components, including THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) that makes the person high in bliss. Do you know? Endocannabinoid component having the same properties as THC exists in our body. Ayurveda stated about the presence of this component long ago. However, the west discovered it recently, about 10-15 years ago. 

Uses of Different Part of Vijaya 

In Our Dharmic stories, the emergence of Vijaya happened in the Samudra Manthan. Also, the herb has another name called Siddhi, which means complete. It marks the significance of the usage of the plant from tips to its roots. 

  • STALK: The stalk helps in making animal bedding, insulation concrete, and many more animal products. Further, the fibers help as a raw material to prepare ropes, nets, clothes, canvas, shoes, etc. Also, it holds the potential to substitute as fuel, paper, plastic, construction material, and furniture. 
  • LEAVES: The bhaang has many medicinal components and is a vital dietary supplement that activates certain body functions, which promote good health. 
  • SEEDS: The bhaang seeds hold nutritional polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFAS 80%) that becomes highest in the plant kingdom.
  • FLOWER: The flowers of bhaang produce resins and essential oils, and 400 compounds making this herb one of the best medicinal herbs for human beings. 

The bhaang has many applications in the current medical practices and has become a component to treat problems like:

  • Cancer (20 Kinds)
  • Neurological Diseases
  • Inflammatory Diseases
  • Diabetes
  • Lung Diseases
  • Gynecological Diseases
  • Skin Diseases
  • Bacterial Infections
  • Fever, Wound, and Pain

Apart from the above diseases, there are many more medical applications of Vijaya. In the west, hemp (bhaang) oil used to treat heart blockage is in demand for its powerful impact. 

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