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Patala

Patala
Patala, commonly known as trumpet, is an Ayurvedic herb used in the preparation of ayurvedic formulation known as Dashmula. Generally, the decoction of the root is used to treat inflammation, pain, fever, asthma, and vomiting[1].

According to Ayurveda, Patala helps manage the symptoms of arthritis due to its Vata balancing properties. It also helps with liver problems by improving the digestive system. This is due to its Deepan (appetizer) and Pachan (digestive) properties. Patala also helps balance Kapha and remove excess mucus from the lungs, thereby providing relief from the symptoms of asthma. It may also help manage diabetes-related symptoms due to its Kashaya (astringent) and Tikta (bitter) nature. These symptoms may include frequent urination, excessive thirst, fatigue, and overeating. In addition to that, Patala Hridya (cardiac tonic) property improves the strength of cardiac muscles that helps to keep healthy heart function.

Patala is available in powder form. You can take 2-3 gm Patala powder or as directed by the doctor to get rid of the symptoms of arthritis. Mix the powder with lukewarm water and have it once or twice a day. You can also use Palata powder externally for joint pain by making a paste out of it. Mix the powder with coconut oil or water and apply the paste to the affected area once or twice a day. Applying Patala paste helps to reduce joint pain due to its Vata-balancing property.

Patala is generally well tolerated and does not have any side effects when taken in the recommended dose. However, it is advisable to consult the doctor before using Patala.

What are the synonyms of Patala?

Stereospermum suaveolens, Paral, Padaria, Parlu, Padal, Godadalipulusu

What is the source of Patala?

Plant Based

Benefits of Patala

1. Arthritis
Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints which may cause pain and swelling. It can affect one joint or multiple joints. Patala is an effective herbal remedy used to reduce painful conditions like osteoarthritis, a form of arthritis. Osteoarthritis is known as Sandhivata in Ayurveda. It occurs due to an aggravation of Vata dosha, causing pain, swelling, and joint mobility. Taking Patala helps balance the aggravated Vata and reduces the inflammation due to its Vata balancing properties. This provides aid in managing the symptoms of arthritis.

Tip
-Take 2-3gm Patala powder or as directed by the physician
-Mix with lukewarm water
-Have it once or twice a day
#This helps get rid of the symptoms of arthritis.

2. Liver disease
Liver problems could be due to genetic reasons or as a result of various factors that damage the liver, such as viruses, excess alcohol use, and obesity. Patala is a well-known herb that helps to promote liver health because of its hepatoprotective property. It is very effective against jaundice, liver enlargement, and other liver disorders. It protects the liver from infection and maintains its proper function. It also improves digestion because of its Deepan (appetizer) and Pachan (digestive) properties.

3. Asthma
Asthma is an inflammatory condition in which the airways to the lungs swell and narrow. It can make breathing difficult and trigger coughing. According to Ayurveda, the main doshas involved in asthma are Vata and Kapha. The vitiated ‘Vata’ combines with deranged ‘Kapha dosha’ in the lungs causing obstruction in the respiratory passage. This results in difficulty in breathing. This condition is known as Swas Roga (asthma). Patala can help control the symptoms of asthma and give relief in case of breathlessness. Consuming Patala balances Kapha and removes excess mucus from the lungs. This gives relief from the symptoms of asthma.

4. Diabetes Mellitus
Diabetes, also known as Madhumeha, is due to an aggravation of Vata and impaired digestion. Impaired digestion leads to an accumulation of Ama (toxic remains in the body due to improper digestion in the pancreatic cells and impairs the function of insulin. This leads to some complications like frequent urination or excessive thirst. Patala also helps to manage diabetes-related symptoms like frequent urination, excessive thirst, fatigue, and overeating due to its Kashaya (astringent) and Tikta (bitter) nature.

5. Heart disease
Heart diseases or cardiovascular diseases are often caused by the buildup of plaque, a waxy substance, inside the lining of arteries. Patala helps to manage the symptoms of heart disease and improve heart function properly. It also helps maintain normal blood pressure and heart rate. Consuming Patala improves the strength of cardiac muscles that helps to keep healthy heart function. This is due to its Hridya (cardiac tonic) property.

Precautions when using Patala

Breastfeeding
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Enough evidence is not available to suggest its use while breastfeeding. Kindly consult your doctor before using it.
Patients with heart disease
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Patients on medication for hypertension should consult their doctor before using Patala.
Pregnancy
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Enough evidence is not available to suggest its use in case of pregnancy. Kindly consult your doctor before using it.

Recommended Dosage of Patala

  • Patala Powder - 2-3gm of Patala powder twice daily or as directed by the physician.

How to use Patala

Take 2-3gm Patala roots powder or as directed by the doctor
Have it with lukewarm water or honey, preferably after meals twice a day
This will help get rid of the joint pain.

Benefits of Patala

1. Joints Pain
Joint pain can be categorized as physical discomfort at the area where two or more bones meet to form a joint. The pain can range from mild to disabling. Patala leaves paste can help reduce bone and joint pain. According to Ayurveda, bones and joints are considered a site of Vata in the body. Pain in the joints is mainly caused due to an imbalanced Vata. Applying Patala paste helps to reduce joint pain due to its Vata-balancing property.

Tip
-Make the paste of Patala leaves
-Mix with coconut oil or water
-Apply on the affected area once or twice a day
#This will provide quick relief in joint pain.

2. Skin rashes:
Skin rashes can be a result of a variety of factors, including infections, heat, allergens, immune system disorders, and medications. Skin infections or allergies generally occur due to an imbalance of Pitta dosha. This imbalance might lead to some conditions like itching or irritation. Patala flower paste contains Kashaya (astringent) and Sita (cold) nature which helps in decreasing the redness due to inflammation or skin rash when applied to the affected area.

Precautions when using Patala

Allergy
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-Fresh paste of Patala leaves should be used with added rose water if you have any kind of allergy or your skin has hypersensitivity.

How to use Patala

-Make the paste of Patala leaves as per your requirement
-Mix with coconut oil or water
-Apply on the affected area once or twice a day
#This will help in providing quick relief from joint pain.

Frequently asked questions

Q. What is the use of Patala?

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Modern Science View
Patala, also called ‘Padiri’ and ‘trumpet’, is a medicinal tree used in various Ayurvedic preparations. It is commonly used for the treatment of inflammation, pain, fever, asthma, and vomiting[1].

Q. Can Patala be taken with multivitamins?

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It is advisable to consult a doctor before taking Patala with multivitamins to avoid any contraindications.

Q. Can a diabetic person take Patala?

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Yes, a diabetic person can take Patala. It helps control high sugar levels due to its Kashaya (astringent) and Tikta (bitter) nature. However, It would be advisable to consult a doctor if you are on diabetes medication.

Q. How do you eat Patala?

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Take 2-3gm Patala roots powder with lukewarm water, preferably after meals. You can also take it as directed by your physician to get rid of the joint pain.

Q. Can Patala be used for hiccups?

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Modern Science View
Yes, Patala may be helpful in hiccups. The flowers of the tree when mixed with honey can be given orally to control hiccups[1].

Q. What are the side effects of Patala?

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Patala is generally well tolerated by people when taken in prescribed doses. Self-medication should be avoided.

Q. Can Patala be taken for long periods of time?

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Patala should be taken for the duration prescribed by the doctor only. If you wish to use it for a longer duration, consult the doctor.

Q. Can Patala be used externally for arthritis pain?

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Ayurvedic View
Yes, Patala can be used externally for joint pain. You can make the paste of Patala leaves as per your requirement. Mix the paste with coconut oil or water. Apply the mixture to the affected area once or twice a day to get quick relief from joint pain.

Q. Can Patala be used to treat skin disorders?

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Ayurvedic View
Yes, the Kashaya (astringent) and Sita (cold) properties of Patala can be useful for the treatment of skin disorders like the burning sensation of skin or skin rashes

References

  1. Balasubramanian. T, Chatterjee TK, Sarkar M, and Meena SL. Anti-inflammatory effect of Stereospermum suaveolens ethanol extract in rats. Pharm Biol, 2010; 48(3): 318–323. External Link
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