Munakka

Munnaka
Munakka is known as the“Tree of Life” because of its regenerative ability. It has a sweet taste and possesses anti-aging, anti-inflammation, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antitumor, cardiovascular-protection and neuroprotection properties.
It is used to manage cough, respiratory tract infections, catarrh (inflammation of the mucous membrane), enlarged liver and spleen.
Munakka leaves are used to stop bleeding, pain and inflammation of hemorrhoids.
Dried Munakka is used for treating sore throats, tuberculosis, constipation and thirst. Munakka is also used in case of cholera, smallpox, nausea, skin and eye infections as well as kidney and liver diseases[1][2].

What are the synonyms of Munakka?

Vitis vinifera, Zabeeb, Maneka, Dried Grapes, Raisins, Darakh, Drakh, Dakh, Kishmish, Angur, Draksh, Angoore Khushk, Mavaiz, Draksha, Munaqqa, Angoor

What is the source of Munakka?

Plant Based

Benefits of Munakka

How effective is Munakka?

Likely ineffective
Hay fever, Obesity
Insufficient evidence
Athletic performance, Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Constipation, Diarrhoea, Fatigue, Fatty liver disease, Heart disease, Heavy menstrual bleeding, High blood pressure, High cholesterol, Menopausal symptoms, Mouth sores, Piles, Premenstural syndrome (PMS), Skin regeneration

Precautions when using Munakka

Advice from Experts
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Consult your doctor before taking Munakka as it can cause loose motion due to its Virechana (purgative) nature.
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Consult your doctor before taking Munakka if you have indigestion and a weak digestive fire.
scientific
Scientific View
Munakka may interact with blood thinners. So it generally advisable to consult your doctor while taking Munnaka with blood thinners and anticoagulants[4].
Breastfeeding
scientific
Scientific View
Consult your doctor before taking Munakka during breastfeeding[4].
Patients with heart disease
scientific
Scientific View
Munakka may lower blood pressure. So it is generally advisable to monitor your blood pressure while taking Munnaka with antihypertensive drugs[4].
Pregnancy
scientific
Scientific View
Consult your doctor before taking Munakka during pregnancy[4].
Side Effects
Important
scientific
Scientific View
1. High Blood Pressure
2. Nausea
3. Indigestion
4. Dizziness
5. Anaphylaxis[4].

Recommended Dosage of Munakka

  • Munakka Capsule - 1-2 capsules twice a day.

How to use Munakka

1. Raw Munakka
a. Take 1-2 teaspoon of Munakka.
b. Eat it once or twice a day.

2. Munakka (Draksha) Capsules
a. Take 1-2 capsules of Munakka.
b. Swallow it with water after lunch and dinner.

3. Munakka Kwath
a. Take 2-3 teaspoons of Munakka Kwath (Decoction).
b. Add the same quantity of water and drink it after food once or twice a day.

Benefits of Munakka

How effective is Munakka?

Likely effective
Eye pain
Insufficient evidence
Cough, Melasma

Precautions when using Munakka

Advice from Experts
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Use Munakka or Draksha paste with water or honey if your skin is hypersensitive.
Side Effects
scientific
Scientific View
Dry scalp
Itching[4].

Recommended Dosage of Munakka

  • Munakka Paste - ½-1 teaspoon or as per your requirement.

How to use Munakka

1. Munakka Paste Face Mask
a. Take ½-1 teaspoon of Munakka paste.
b. Add honey to it.
c. Apply evenly on the face and neck.
d. Let it sit for 7-10 minutes.
e. Wash thoroughly with tap water.
f. Use this remedy 2-3 times a day to get rid of dark skin patches and uneven skin tone.

Frequently asked questions

Q. Are Munnaka and Kishmish the same?

scientific
Scientific View
Munnaka and Kishmish are dry fruits with different nutritional profiles, shape and size. Munnaka is brown to dark brown in color whereas Kishmish is yellow in color. Munnaka contains seed inside it whereas Kishmish is seedless. Kishmish is more popularly used in cooking whereas Munnaka is frequently used for medicinal value.

Q. What are the chemical constituents of Munnaka?

scientific
Scientific View
Munnaka is sweet in taste and is considered as the rich source of phenolic compounds and contains resveratrol, flavonoid, quercetin, catechins, procyanidins and anthocyanins. It possesses anti-aging, anti-inflammation, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antitumor, cardiovascular-protection, neuroprotection properties.

References

  1. Gupta D, Vyas M, Shukla V, et al.Pharmacognostical and physico-chemical evaluation of drakshadi gutika - an ayurvedic formulation. Journal of Research in Traditional Medicine.2016;2(2):39-44.
  2. Xia E, He X, Li H, et al.Biological Activities of Polyphenols from Grapes.Polyphenols in Human Health and Disease.2014;1:47–58.
  3. WebMD.Grape: Uses, Side effects, Doses, Interactions [Internet].Atlanta [last updated in 2016].
  4. Ulbricht CE.Natural Standard:Herb and Supplement Guide, An Evidence Based Reference.Elsevier;2010.
Disclaimer
The content is purely informative and educational in nature and should not be construed as medical advice. Please use the content only in consultation with an appropriate certified medical or healthcare professional.