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Majuphal

Majuphal
Majuphal is formed on the leaves of the Oaktree and is known as oak galls. There are generally two types of Majuphala white gall Majuphala and green gall Majuphala.
Majuphal is useful in wound healing due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It reduces the risk of skin infection due to its antibacterial property. It also has an astringent property that constricts the skin cells or tissues and helps in skin tightening.
As per Ayurveda, gargling with Majuphal decoction reduces inflammation of the throat and manages tonsillitis. It also prevents bleeding in gums and gives a cooling and soothing effect due to its Kashaya (astringent) and Sita (cold) properties.
Majuphal might be used in certain vaginal problems as candida infections due to its antifungal property. Taking Majuphal powder along with lukewarm water help manage the symptoms of leucorrhea due to its Kashaya (astringent) property[2][4].

What are the synonyms of Majuphal?

Quercus Infectoria, Machikai, Mayaphal, Machi kay, Majjaphala, Mayuka, Chidraphala, Mayuka, Malayu[1].

What is the source of Majuphal?

Plant Based

Benefits of Majuphal

1. Leucorrhea
Majuphal helps to control the symptoms of leucorrhea when used internally. Leucorrhea is a thick, whitish discharge from the female genitals. According to Ayurveda, leucorrhea is due to an imbalance of Kapha dosha. Majuphal shows a good result in leucorrhea because of its Kashaya (astringent) property. It helps to control aggravated Kapha and reduce the symptoms of leucorrhea.

Tips for using Majuphal powder.
a. Take 1-1.5 gm (or as directed by the physician) of Majuphal powder.
b. Mix it with lukewarm water and have it once or twice a day to get rid of the symptoms of leucorrhea.

2. Piles
Piles are known as Arsh in Ayurveda. It is mainly caused by an unhealthy diet and sedentary lifestyle and 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 of rectum area leading to piles mass. Majuphal gives relief in swelling of pile mass and also controls bleeding because of its Kashaya(astringent) property. Majuphal also reduces burning sensation and discomfort in piles due to its Sita (cold) nature. It gives cooling effects and reduces burning sensations in the anus.

Tips for using Majuphal Kada(Decoction) in piles.
a. Take 1-3gm of Majuphal 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. Take 5-10 ml ( or as directed by the physician) of this lukewarm decoction twice a day.

Precautions when using Majuphal

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

How to use Majuphal

1. Majuphal Powder
a. Take 1-1.5gm of Majuphal powder or as directed by the physician.
b. With lukewarm water and have it once or twice a day to get rid of the symptoms of leucorrhea.

2. Majuphal Kada(Decoction)
a. Take 1-3gm of Majuphal powder.
b. Mix it with 2 cups of water.
c. This mixture is then boiled 10 to 15 minutes or until it becomes ¼ cup of water.
d. Filter this one-fourth cup of decoction.
e. Take this lukewarm decoction 5-10 ml twice a day or as directed by the physician.

Benefits of Majuphal

1. Hyperpigmentation
Majuphal is useful to reduce the symptoms of hyperpigmentation. Hyperpigmentation is caused by an aggravation of Pitta dosha in the body when the skin is exposed to heat or the sun. Majuphal helps in reducing tanning and pigmentation due to its Ropan (healing) property and Sita (cold) nature.

Tips for using Majuphal powder.
a. Take 1-1.5 gm (or as per your requirement) of Majuphal powder.
b. Mix it with honey or milk to make a paste.
c. Apply this paste on the affected area once a week to get rid of the signs of hyperpigmentation.

2. Inflamed gums
Majuphal can be used to treat swollen, spongy and bleeding gums. It has a Kashaya (astringent) property that reduces swelling and controls bleeding. It also produces a cooling and soothing effect on the gums due to its Sita (cold) nature.

Tips for using Majuphal Kada(Decoction).
a. Take 1-3gm of Majuphal 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. Use this decoction for gargling once or twice a day to get rid of the symptoms of inflamed gums

How to use Majuphal

1. Majuphal powder with honey or milk
a. Take 1-1.5 gm of Majuphal powder or as per your requirement.
b. Mix with honey or milk to make a paste.
c. Apply it on the affected area once a week.
d. To get rid of the sign of hyperpigmentation.

2. Majuphal Kada(Decoction) for gargling
a. Take 1-3gm of Majuphal powder.
b. Mix it with 2 cups of water.
c. This mixture is then boiled 10 to 15 minutes or until it becomes ¼ cup of water.
d. Filter this one-fourth cup of decoction.
e. Use this decoction for gargling once or twice a day.
f. To get rid of the symptoms of inflamed gums.

Frequently asked questions

Q. Is Majuphal beneficial in diabetes?

scientific
Modern Science View
Majuphal roots might help manage diabetes as it helps to lower blood sugar levels. It increases the utilisation of glucose in the body and enhances insulin secretion. This helps to lower blood sugar levels[3].

Q. Is Majuphal helpful in diarrhea?

scientific
Modern Science View
Yes, Majuphal might help in diarrhea as it contains certain constituents (tannins) which have an astringent property. It promotes constriction of mucous membranes and reduces the discharge of blood and mucus secretions. Majuphal gall extract or powder is used for managing diarrhea[4].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Majuphal is an effective herb for controlling diarrhea. Diarrhea, known as Atisar in Ayurveda, is caused due to improper food, impure water, toxins, mental stress and Agnimandya (weak digestive fire). All these factors are responsible for aggravating Vata. Aggravated Vata brings fluid in the intestine from various tissues of the body and mixes it with the stool which leads to loose, watery motions or Diarrhea. Using Majuphal powder helps to control the loss of water from the body and makes the stool thicker due to its Kashaya (astringent) nature. It also helps to improve digestive fire because of its Deepan (appetizer) property.

Q. Is Majuphal good for bones?

scientific
Modern Science View
Yes, Majuphal is good for bones due to the presence of certain minerals such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, oxygen, potassium, aluminium, silica etc. These minerals increase bone strength. Majuphal also contains certain constituents (polyphenols) which improve bone metabolism that is a continuous cycle of bone growth and resorption[4].

Q. Is Majuphal useful in fever?

scientific
Modern Science View
Yes, Majupphal might help in the management of fever due to its antipyretic activity. It brings down the body temperature and reduces the symptoms of fever[4].

Q. Is Majuphal helpful in vaginal disorders?

scientific
Modern Science View
Yes, Majuphal helps reduce the risk of vaginal disorders such as Candida infection. It has anti-fungal and anti-candida properties that inhibit the activity of fungi responsible for causing infections and prevents them[6].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Yes, Majuphal helps to reduce the symptoms of a vaginal disorder or infections like white discharge. Using Majuphal decoction as a vaginal wash helps to control the discharge and prevents infections because of its Kashaya(astringent) property.

Q. Can Majuphal be used for wound healing?

scientific
Modern Science View
Yes, Majuphal leaves are used for managing skin wounds or injuries due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. The phytoconstituents present in Majuphal helps in wound contraction and closure. It promotes the formation of collagen and new skin cells. It also has an antibacterial property that reduces the risk of infection in the wound. This helps in quick healing of the wounds[2].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Majuphal helps in quick healing of the wound. It decreases swelling and brings back the normal texture of the skin due to its Ropan (healing) property. Majuphal also works on the wound by controlling bleeding because of its Sita (Cold) and Kashaya (astringent) nature.

Q. Is Majuphal beneficial for oral problems?

scientific
Modern Science View
Yes, Majuphal powder improves gums and keeps teeth healthy. It is added as an ingredient in tooth powders and helps in gums tightening due to its astringent property. It also helps to clean, detoxify and remove sticky deposits from the teeth[4][5].

Q. Is Majuphal good for tonsillitis?

scientific
Modern Science View
Yes, Majuphal is good for tonsilitis due to its astringent and anti-inflammatory properties. Gargling with a decoction or infusion of Majuphal reduces inflammation of the tonsils and provides relaxation to the throat[4].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Yes, Majuphal helps to reduce the symptoms of tonsillitis. Gargling with Majuphal decoction helps reduce inflammation and gives relief in tonsilitis because of its Kashaya(astringent) property.

Q. Can Majuphal be used for bleeding piles?

scientific
Modern Science View
Yes, Majuphal might help in haemorrhoids or bleeding piles due to its astringent property. It constricts the tissues of the anal and rectal area and reduces bleeding and swelling. Majuphal gall powder along with vaseline is applied topically as an ointment to provide relief in piles[4].

Q. Is Majuphal beneficial in skin infections?

scientific
Modern Science View
Yes, Majuphal might help manage certain skin infections like ringworm due to its anti-fungal property. It inhibits the activity of fungi and prevents infections[4].

References

  1. The Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia Of India.Part 1 Volume 1.
  2. Umachigi SP, Jayaveera KN, Kumar A, et al. Studies on Wound Healing Properties of Quercus infectoria. Trop J Pharm Res.2008; 7(1):913-919.External Link
  3. Saini R, Patil SM. Anti-diabetic activity of roots of Quercus infectoria olivier in Alloxan induced diabetic rats. IJPSR.2012;3(4):1318-1321.External Link
  4. Abdul Haque AS, Ahmad W, Khan RM, et al. Ethno-pharmacology of Quercus infectoria Olivier – Galls: A Review. Hippocratic Journal of Unani Medicine.2016;11(3):105-118.External Link
  5. Ahmad W, Zeenat F, Hasan A, et al. Mazu (Quercus infectoria, Oliv) - An Overview. Ind. J. Unani med. 2011;4(1):17-22.External Link
  6. Baharuddin NS, Abdullah H, Abdul Waheb AW. Anti-Candida activity of Quercus infectoria gall extracts against Candida species.J Pharm Bioallied Sci. 2015;7(1):15-20.External Link
  7. Lorzadeh N, Sepavand F, Soleimaninezhad M and Kazemirad N. The Effect of Extract of Oak Gall for Vaginal Tightening and Rejuvenation in Women with Vaginal Relaxation. Open J Obstetr Gynecol. 2016. 06(13):879-887.External Link
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