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Jhau

Jhau
Jhau is an evergreen shrub. All parts of this plant have medicinal properties (leaves, flowers, roots) due to the presence of various constituents like saponins, flavonoids, glycosides, tannins, phenols, alkaloids, steroids etc.
Jhau roots show liver-protecting property due to the presence of antioxidants that prevents liver cell damage. It also provides relief from gas and strengthens the digestive system due to its carminative property. The flavonoids present in Jhau help to reduce hepatic and spleen inflammation due to its anti-inflammatory property.
As per Ayurveda, Jhau helps in wound healing due to its Ropan (healing) and Kashaya (astringent) properties. It helps in restoring the inflamed tissue and strengthens the skin. It also prevents the skin against certain infections due to its antimicrobial and antifungal properties[1][3].

What are the synonyms of Jhau?

Tamarix dioica, Tamarix gallica, Indian Tamarisk, Jhao, Pichul, Pakke, Siru Savukku, Jhabuk, Aphalah, Bahugranthih, Jhavukah, Pichulah, Ciru-cavukku, Kotai-c-cavukku.

What is the source of Jhau?

Plant Based

Benefits of Jhau

What are the benefits of Jhau for Liver disease?

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Modern Science View
Jhau root extract might help manage Liver problems due to its hepatoprotective (Liver-protecting) property. It contains antioxidants (flavonoids) that fight against free radicals and prevents liver cell damage[3].

What are the benefits of Jhau for Kidney stone?

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Modern Science View
Although enough scientific evidence is not available to support the role of Jhau in kidney problems. However, it might help manage kidney problems such as renal stone formation due to its diuretic property. It increases the production and frequency of urine that helps to flush out toxins from the body[1][4].
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Ayurvedic View
Jhau helps to improve kidney function and reduces the chance of stone formation. Renal stone is the stone formed in the urinary tract. According to Ayurveda, it is considered as Mutrashmari. Mutrashmari (renal calculi) is a disease of Vata-Kapha origin which causes Sanga (obstruction) in the Mutravaha Srotas (urinary system). Urinary stones are classified based on doshas as Vata, Pitta, Kapha and treatment is given accordingly. Jhau helps to remove the renal stone by increasing urinary flow because of its Mutral (diuretic) nature.

Tips for using Jhau for kidney problems
Jhau is generally used as an ingredient of Ayurvedic medicines.
a. Take 1-2gm (as per directed by the physician) of Jhau (Gall) powder.
b. Mix it with water.
c. Have it once or twice a day to get rid of the symptoms of kidney problems.

What are the benefits of Jhau for Fever?

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Modern Science View
Jhau roots or galls might help manage fever due to its antipyretic property. It brings down the body temperature and provides relief from the symptoms of fever[3][4].

How effective is Jhau?

Insufficient evidence
Fever, Kidney stone, Liver disease

Precautions when using Jhau

Breastfeeding
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Modern Science View
Since enough scientific evidence is not available for the role of Jhau during Breastfeeding. So, it is advisable to consult a physician before taking Jhau during breastfeeding[2].
Pregnancy
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Modern Science View
Since enough scientific evidence is not available for the role of Jhau in pregnancy. So, it is advisable to consult a physician before taking Jhau in pregnancy[2].

How to use Jhau

Jhau powder for liver and kidney problems
Jhau is generally used as an ingredient of Ayurvedic medicines.
a. Take 1-2gm (as per directed by the physician) of Jhau (Gall) powder.
b. Mix it with water.
c. Have it once or twice a day to get rid of the symptoms of liver and kidney problems.

Benefits of Jhau

1. Bleeding Gums
Jhau can be used to treat swollen, spongy and bleeding gums. It has Kashaya (astringent) and Grahi (absorbent) properties that reduce swelling and controls bleeding. It also produces a cooling and soothing effect on the gums.

Tips for using Jhau in bleeding gums
a. Take 2-4 gm of Jhau (Gall) powder.
b. Mix it with 2 cups of water.
c. Boil this mixture for 10 to 15 minutes or until it reduces to ¼ cup of water.
d. Filter this one-fourth cup of decoction.
e. Mix it with mild hot water and gargle once or twice a day to get quick relief in bleeding gums.

2. Wound Healing
Jhau helps in quick healing of the wound, decreases swelling and brings back the normal texture of the skin due to its Ropan (healing) property. Jhau also works on the wound by controlling bleeding because of its Kashaya (astringent) nature.

Precautions when using Jhau

Breastfeeding
scientific
Modern Science View
Since enough scientific evidence is not available for the role of Jhau during Breastfeeding. So, it is advisable to consult a physician before using Jhau during breastfeeding[2].
Pregnancy
scientific
Modern Science View
Since enough scientific evidence is not available for the role of Jhau in pregnancy. So, it is advisable to consult a physician before using Jhau in pregnancy[2].

How to use Jhau

Jhau decoction for bleeding gums
a. Take 2-4 gm of Jhau (Gall) powder.
b. Mix it with 2 cups of water.
c. Boil this mixture for 10 to 15 minutes or until it reduces to ¼ cup of water.
d. Filter this one-fourth cup of decoction.
e. Mix it with mild hot water and gargle once or twice a day to get quick relief in bleeding gums.

Frequently asked questions

Q. Can Jhau be used in gas?

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Modern Science View
Yes, Jhau leaves might provide relief from gas due to its carminative property. This property provides relief from flatulence by reducing the accumulation of gas in the alimentary canal and facilitates its release[1].

Q. Does Jhau helps reduce inflammation?

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Modern Science View
Yes, Jhau root might help reduce inflammation in the liver and spleen due to the presence of certain constituents (flavonoids, saponins). These constituents have an anti-inflammatory property that helps provide relief from hepatic and spleen inflammation[1].

Q. Can Jhau be used for fungal infections?

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Modern Science View
Yes, topical application of Jhau might help manage fungal infections due to its antifungal property. It inhibits the growth of fungi in the affected area and prevents further infection[5].

Q. Is Jhau good for wound healing?

scientific
Modern Science View
Yes, Jhau leaves and flowers might help in the wound healing process. This is due to the presence of antioxidants (terpenoids). It provides strengthening to the skin and also restores the inflamed tissue by increasing the supply of blood[1].

Q. Is Jhau useful for microbial infections?

scientific
Modern Science View
Yes, Jhau might help manage microbial and fungal infections due to its antimicrobial and antifungal properties. It inhibits the growth and activity of microbes on the affected area and prevents infections[5].

References

  1. Samejo MQ, Sumbul A, Shah S, et.al.Phytochemical screening of Tamarix dioica Roxb. ex Roch.J Pharm Res.2013;7(2):181-183.External Link
  2. WebMD.Tamarix Dioica: Uses, Side effects, Doses, Interactions [Internet].Atlanta [last updated in 2016].External Link
  3. Riaz U, Sadiq N, Tahir M, et.al.Hepatoprotective effect of Tamarix dioica Roots on Acetaminophen Induced Hepatotoxicity in Male Mice.JIIMC.2018;13(4):189-193.External Link
  4. Al-Jaber N, Allehalb L.The Pharmacological Activity of Some Tamaricaceae Plants.Nat Prod Chem Res.2017;5(3):1-6.External Link
  5. Khan S, Khan GM, Mehsud S, et al.Antifungal activity of Tamarix Dioica- An in vitro study.GJMS.2004;2(2):40-42.External Link
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