Cotton Plant: Medicinal Usage and Health Benefits in Ayurveda

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You may have heard about the cotton plant only while buying clothes. However, did you know that it has more uses than just producing fabric?

Levant cotton plant, also known as Karpasa, is considered a medicinal plant in Ayurveda. It is known to offer myriad health benefits to the body and mind.

Cotton seeds are said to be excellent aphrodisiacs and nerve tonics, whereas the root bark of cotton is vastly used in the treatment of amenorrhea.

Here are more details about the incredible cotton plant and its therapeutic uses in Ayurveda.

Ayurvedic Properties of Cotton Plant

The root bark of cotton plants exhibits Laghu (light to digest) and Theekshana (strong and piercing) properties, whereas cotton seeds exhibit Snigdha (oily, unctuous) properties. 

The Rasa or taste of the cotton plant is Katu or pungent. The root bark also has Kashaya or astringent taste.

The Veerya or potency of the root bark of the cotton plant is hot, whereas the seeds of the cotton plant are known to be Sheeta or coolant in nature. 

Given these medicinal properties, cotton plants are known to be beneficial in pacifying Vata and Pitta Dosha in the body.

Medicinal Uses and Health Benefits of Cotton Plant

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According to Ayurveda, the seeds of the cotton plant are used in the treatment of the following health conditions:

  • Vata disorders such as paralysis, constipation, bloating, etc. 
  • Tiredness and fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of consciousness 
  • Cardiac problems

The root and root barks of the cotton plant are used to treat the following health problems:

  • Earache
  • Tinnitus
  • Excessive thirst
  • Burning sensation experienced in gastritis, eye disorders, etc.

Side Effects of Cotton Plant

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Cotton plants are usually safe for consumption, but the root bark decoctions should not be used during pregnancy as they can contract the uterus. However, it can be consumed by lactating mothers or children. People with kidney problems should also avoid consuming cotton seeds or root bark. 

The Takeaway

The cotton plant is a highly beneficial Ayurvedic herb. It helps in the treatment of various diseases such as paralysis, constipation, heart problems, earache, tinnitus, etc. Consumption of cotton in the correct proportion and method can yield numerous health benefits to the body.