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Danti

Danti
Danti or Wild croton is an important medicinal plant used traditionally for the management of various ailments.
Danti is beneficial for managing constipation due to its strong laxative property. It speeds up bowel movements and helps in the easy passage of stools. It also helps to expel worms and parasites from the stomach due to its anthelmintic property. Taking Danti root powder along with jaggery helps in managing constipation and intestinal worms due to its Bhedna (purgative) nature and Krimighna (anti-worm) property. Danti also increase urine production and helps in the removal of toxins from the body due to its diuretic property. It improves the natural defence system of the body to fight against foreign bodies and boosts immunity due to its immunomodulatory property. Danti might also help manage joint pain and inflammation due to its anti-inflammatory property.
According to Ayurveda, Danti root powder paste can be applied on joints to reduce pain due to its Vata balancing property. Danti root powder along with honey can also be applied on piles masses to reduce pain and inflammation due to its Ropan (healing) property.
Danti helps in wound healing due to its good antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Danti leaf juice can be applied on wounds to speed up the process of wound healing. It also prevents the wounds from getting infected due to its antimicrobial property.
Ayurveda also recommend purification of Danti root before use in order to reduce its toxicity. For this, the roots are first coated with a paste of Pippali powder and honey. The coated roots are then wrapped in grass (Kusha) and covered with mud and kept under sunlight for drying. This process is known as shodhana[2][4][5].

What are the synonyms of Danti?

Baliospermum montanum, Wild Croton, Kadu Haralu, Dantti, Neervalam, Konda Amudamu[1].

What is the source of Danti?

Plant Based

Benefits of Danti

1. Constipation
Constipation is caused due to an aggravated Vata and Pitta dosha. This can be due to the frequent consumption of junk food, excess intake of coffee or tea, sleeping late at night, stress and depression. All these factors aggravate Vata and Pitta leading to constipation. Danti root powder helps to manage constipation because of its Bhedna (purgative) nature. It helps to expel waste products easily.

2. Piles mass
Piles are known as Arsh in Ayurveda which is caused by an unhealthy diet and a sedentary lifestyle. This leads to the impairment of all the three doshas, mainly Vata. An aggravated Vata causes a low digestive fire, leading to constipation. This causes swelling in the veins in the rectum area leading to pile mass. Danti root powder helps to manage constipation due to its Bhedna (purgative) property. It also reduces the size of the piles mass.

3. Intestinal Worms
Danti helps to control intestinal worms. According to Ayurveda, worms are called as Krimi. The growth of worms is encouraged by low Agni (weak digestive fire). Taking Danti root powder helps to improve the digestive fire and destroys the ideal condition for the growth of worms. This is due to its Deepan (appetizer) and Pachan (digestive) properties. It helps control worms because of its Krimighna (anti-worm) property.

Precautions when using Danti

Advice from Experts
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Modern Science View
Danti is found to be purgative and hydragogue in nature so it should be used carefully.
Breastfeeding
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Modern Science View
Since enough scientific evidence is not available, it is advisable to avoid or consult your doctor before taking Danti during breastfeeding.
Patients with diabetes
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Since enough scientific evidence is not available, it is advisable to avoid or consult your doctor before taking Danti in diabetic patients.
Patients with heart disease
scientific
Modern Science View
Since enough scientific evidence is not available, it is advisable to avoid or consult your doctor before taking Danti in heart patients.
Pregnancy
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Modern Science View
Since enough scientific evidence is not available, it is advisable to avoid or consult your doctor before taking Danti during pregnancy.

Recommended Dosage of Danti

  • Danti Powder - ¼ teaspoon once or twice a day.

How to use Danti

1. Danti Powder
a. Take ¼ teaspoon of Danti root powder.
b. Mix with Jaggery in twice the amount of Danti powder.
c. Swallow it with water once a day after taking food.

Benefits of Danti

1. Joint Pain
Danti helps reduce bone and joint pain when applied to the affected area. According to Ayurveda, the bones and joints are considered a site of Vata. Pain in the joints is mainly due to Vata imbalance. Applying Danti root powder helps to reduce joint pain due to its Vata balancing property.

2. Piles Mass
Danti root powder helps to control swelling and inflammation of pile mass when applied externally. This is because of its Ropan (healing) property.

Precautions when using Danti

Advice from Experts
scientific
Modern Science View
Danti contains certain constituents that may interfere with its medicinal property, so it should be used only after sodhana (processing)[12].
Allergy
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Enough scientific evidence is not available for the use of Danti in allergies. So it is advisable to avoid or consult your doctor before using Danti.

Recommended Dosage of Danti

  • Danti Powder - ½-1 teaspoon or as per your requirement.

How to use Danti

1. Danti Root Powder
a. Take Danti root as per your requirement.
b. Grind it to make powder.
c. Take ¼-½ teaspoon of this Danti root powder.
d. Mix with water or honey to make a paste.
e. Apply on the affected area 1-2 times a day.
f. Use this remedy to control piles mass, pain and swelling.

Frequently asked questions

Q. How to store Danti?

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Modern Science View
Danti should be stored in an airtight glass container and away from the reach of children. It should not be exposed directly to light and heat[10].

Q. Which parts of Danti provide medicinal importance?

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Modern Science View
The roots and seeds of Danti are considered to be of medicinal importance. Root should be cleaned and dried before use and then powdered[3].

Q. Is Danti good for rheumatism?

ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Danti helps to reduce the symptoms of rheumatism like pain and swelling in the joints. According to Ayurveda, rheumatism starts with a weak digestive fire which leads to the accumulation of Ama (toxic remains in the body due to improper digestion). This Ama is carried to different locations through Vata but instead of being absorbed, it gets accumulated in the joints and gives rise to rheumatism. Danti helps to reduce Ama due to its Deepan (appetizer) and Pachan (digestive) properties and gives relief from the symptoms of rheumatism.

Q. What are the benefits of Danti for Constipation?

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Modern Science View
Danti might help control constipation due to its strong laxative property. It speeds up the bowel movement and helps in the easy excretion of stool[2].

Q. Is Danti good for infections?

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Yes, Danti might be useful in managing infections due to its antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. It helps in killing microorganisms and also inhibits the growth of infection-causing bacteria[4].

Q. Is Danti good for skin allergy?

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Modern Science View
Yes, Danti helps manage allergic skin reactions by inhibiting histamine release. It lowers the level of certain allergy-causing chemical substances in the body and also strengthens the immune system [5].

Q. Does Danti helps in improving the immune system?

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Yes, Danti helps in improving the immune system due to its immunomodulatory activity. It protects the body by removing harmful foreign particles. This increases the function of certain cells that provide defense against infections and improves the immune system[2].

Q. Does Danti show diuretic property?

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Modern Science View
Yes, Danti shows the diuretic property. It helps in promoting diuresis by increasing urine production. This reduces the risk of any kidney stones[2].

Q. What are the benefits of Danti for cancer?

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Danti is considered to be useful for cancer as it inhibits the growth of cancer cells, eventually killing them off[6].

Q. Does Danti help in inflammation?

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Yes, Danti helps reduce inflammation due to its anti-inflammatory properties. It inhibits the production of certain chemicals (Nitric oxide(NO) gas) that induces inflammation[6].

Q. How Danti helps to control parasitic worm infections?

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Danti might lower the risk of worm infections due to its anthelmintic property. It suppresses the activity of the parasites and helps in their removal from the body[3].

Q. Can I take Danti root or seed powder without consulting a doctor?

ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
No, it is advisable to use Danti root or seed powder only after consulting a doctor. This is because Danti has strong laxative nature, especially the seeds. It can affect your digestion and can cause severe stomach problems.

Q. Can Danti cause harm to joints?

ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
According to Ayurveda, Danti possesses Vikashiguna, due to which it can separate union between joints or tissues if taken in excess[11].

Q. Can Danti cause diarrhea?

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Modern Science View
Yes, since Danti has got a strong laxative and hydragogue property, in high doses it may cause diarrhea or loose stools[3].

Q. Is Danti toxic in nature?

ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Danti is not toxic or poisonous in nature but it needs to be processed (known as shodhana in ayurveda) before using internally[12].

Q. Is Danti beneficial for dental problems?

scientific
Modern Science View
Enough scientific evidence is not available for use of Danti in dental problems.
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Yes, Danti might be used to manage dental problems such as inflammation or infection in gums which generally occurs due to an imbalance of Pitta dosha. The Pitta balancing and Sothhar (anti-inflammatory) properties of Danti helps in quick healing and prevent further dental problems.
Tip :
Chewing a few leaves of Danti might help to get rid of some problems such as bad breath.

Q. Can Danti be used in abdominal problems?

scientific
Modern Science View
Enough scientific evidence is not available to support the role of Danti in abdominal problems, but it may be used in abdominal problems[11].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Yes, Danti can be used in managing certain abdominal problems such as weak or poor digestion, low appetite or gas formation. These conditions occur due to an imbalance of Pitta dosha. The Ushna (hot) and Pitta balancing properties of Danti helps to enhance appetite, improves digestion and provides relief from abdominal problems.

Q. Is Danti helpful in Jaundice management?

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Modern Science View
Enough scientific evidence is not available to support the role of Danti in Jaundice management, but it may be used in Jaundice[7].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Yes, Danti might be helpful in the management of jaundice which occurs due to an imbalanced Pitta dosha and leads to an increase in body temperature, discolouration of the skin and weak or poor digestion. The Pitta balancing and Ushna (hot) properties of Danti help manage digestion and reduces the symptoms of Jaundice.
helps to reduce symptoms associated with jaundice. It helps to manage digestion thus providing relief.

Q. Does Danti help in joint pain?

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Modern Science View
Danti seed oil might be beneficial in reducing joint pain when applied to the affected area. This is due to it's anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. These properties help to reduce pain and swelling in the joints[7][8].

Q. Is Danti good for Rheumatism?

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Modern Science View
Yes, Danti seed oil might help manage the symptoms of Rheumatoid arthritis when applied to the affected area due to its anti-inflammatory properties. It inhibits the activity of certain chemicals that induce inflammation. This reduces joint pain and swelling associated with Rheumatoid arthritis[2].

Q. Is Danti used as a Hydragogue?

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Modern Science View
Hydragogue is the discharge of water from the bowels. Danti seed oil is a powerful hydragogue. It helps prevent the release of watery fluid and serum from the bowels[2].

Q. Does Danti help in recovering the ruptured membranes?

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Yes, Danti leaf paste helps in the recovery of ruptured membranes due to its good antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It prevents the dissolving of tissue and rupturing of mucous membranes. It possesses an antimicrobial property that helps reduce the chances of infection in the wound and promotes wound healing[7].

Q. How Danti helps manage Piles?

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Modern Science View
Danti helps manage piles due to its anti-inflammatory properties. It reduces pain and inflammation in the anus or rectum area[9].

Q. Does Danti help in wound healing?

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Modern Science View
Yes, Danti helps in wound healing due to its good antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. The juice of Danti leaves is externally applied as a bandage which helps stop the formation of hemorrhage (escape of blood from ruptured blood vessels). It prevents pus formation and promotes wound healing. It also reduces the risk of infection in the wound due to its strong antimicrobial properties [3].

Q. Is Danti beneficial for fistula treatment?

scientific
Modern Science View
Yes, Danti is beneficial for managing fistula when applied externally as it has anti-inflammatory and analgesic property. It reduces the pain and inflammation around the anus and thereby reduces the symptoms of fistula[7].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Yes, Danti can be used in the management of Fistula which occurs due to imbalanced Pitta dosha. The Pitta balancing and Sothhar (anti-inflammatory) properties of Danti help reduce the pus accumulated in the affected area and thus providing relief.
Tips
1. Take the Danti root as per your requirement.
2. Grind it to make powder.
3. Take a ¼-½ teaspoon of this Danti root powder.
4. Mix it with water or honey to make a paste.
5. Apply this on the affected area 1-2 times a day.
6. Use this remedy to control pus formation, pain and swelling.

References

  1. The Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia Of India.Part 1 Volume 1.
  2. Mali RG, Wadekar RR.Baliospermum montanum (Danti): Ethnobotany, phytochemistry and pharmacology. A review.International Journal of Green Pharmacy.2008;2(4):194-199.
  3. Mali RG, Wadekar RR.In Vitro Anthelmintic Activity of Baliospermum monatum Muell. Arg roots. Indian Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences.2008;70(1):131-133.
  4. Raveesha HR,Sushma BK.Antimicrobial activity of Baliospermum monatum (Wild.) Muell.Arg.Indian Mycological Society.2018;56(1):35-39.
  5. Venkatesh P,Mukherjee PK, Mukherjee D, et al.Potential of Baliospermum montanum against compound 48/80-induced systemic anaphylaxis.Journal of Pharmaceutical Biology.2011;48(11):1213-1217.
  6. Pipatrattanaseree W,Itharat A, Mukkasombut N, et al.Potential in vitro anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory and cytotoxic activities of ethanolic extract of Baliospermum monatum root,its major components and a validated HPLC method.BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine.2019;19(45):3-12.
  7. Rout SP,Dash S, Acharya R.Danti (Baliospermum montanum Willd.) and its external applications reported in various ayurvedic pharmacopoeia: An Evidence based review.An International Journal of Research in Ayurveda and Pharmacy.2017;8(3):52-59.
  8. Rao BB,Gangarapu K, Thota S, et al.Preliminary Studies on anti-inflammatory and analgesic activities of Baliospermum montanum.Pharmacologyonline.2009;1:366-372.
  9. George S,Geetha SP, Balachandran I.Micropropagation of Baliospermum monatum (Wild.) Muell. - Arg.-A Red Listed Medicinal Plant,3:111-115.
  10. Suresh P. Rasendra Sara Sangrah of Sri Gopal Krishna Bhatt.Chaukhambha Sanskrit Sansthan;2007
  11. Rout SP,Dash S, Acharya R.A critical review on danti (baliospermum montanum willd.) with special reference to ayurvedic nighantus (lexicons.).ejbps. 2017.4(4);348-353.
  12. Rout, AcharyaR, Jayanta KR.Discriminant analysis of Shodhana (processing) on baliospermum montanum muell. (DANTI) root samples based on near infrared spectroscopy and multivariate chemometric technique. Int J Pharm Pharm Sci 2017;9(7):130-135.
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