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RASNA

RASNA
Rasna is also as “Yukta” in Ayurveda. It is a versatile aromatic plant with great medicinal value. It is an undershrub widely distributed in greater parts of India and the adjoining Asian countries.
Rasna is beneficial in managing arthritis as it reduces inflammation and joint pain due to its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. It is also good for kidneys as it reduces oxidative stress due to its antioxidant properties. As per Ayurveda, drinking Rasna kadha (decoction) is useful in arthritis and kidney problems.
Rasna is useful in wound healing as it increases the wound contractions. Massaging joints with Rasna oil gives relief in pain and inflammation due to its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties[4][5][9][14].

What are the synonyms of RASNA?

Pluchea lanceolata, Suvaha, Sugandha, Yukta, Rasnapat, Rayasana, Dumme-Rasna, Reshae, Sanna Rashtramu, Rauasan[1].

What is the source of RASNA?

Plant Based

Benefits of RASNA

1. Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is known as Aamavata in Ayurveda. Amavata is a disease in which vitiation of Vata dosha and accumulation of Ama (toxic remains in the body due to improper digestion) takes place in the joints. Amavata starts with a weak digestive fire and leads to the formation of Ama. It is carried to different parts of the body through Vata. This Ama, instead of being absorbed in the body, gets accumulated in the joints. Rasna helps to reduce Ama as it has Ushna(hot) nature and Vata balancing properties. It gives relief to the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis-like joint pain and swelling.

Tips for using Rasna in Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rasna Kada (decoction)
a. Take 3-5gm of dried Rasna leaves.
b. Take 2 cups of water and add leaves to it.
c. Boil it to form a decoction until the water reduces to one- fourth cup.
d. Strain it and take 10-15ml of this Kada (decoction) once or twice a day (or as directed by the physician) to get rid of the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.


2. Osteoarthritis
Rasna is useful in managing the pain associated with osteoarthritis. According to Ayurveda, osteoarthritis occurs due to an aggravation of Vata dosha and is known as Sandhivata. It causes symptoms like pain, swelling, and joint mobility. Rasna has Vata balancing property which provides relief from the symptoms of osteoarthritis like joint pain and swelling.

Tips for using Rasna powder in Osteoarthritis
a. Take 1-2gm (or as directed by the physician) of Rasna powder.
b. Sallow it with lukewarm water once or twice a day after taking light food to get rid of the symptoms of osteoarthritis.


3. Cough and cold
Rasna is an effective herb for managing cough and cold due to its Ushna(hot) nature and Kapha balancing property. It manages cough, releases mucus from the respiratory passages, and clears them thus allowing the patient to breathe freely.

Precautions when using RASNA

Breastfeeding
scientific
Modern Science View
Enough scientific evidence is not available about the use of Rasna during breastfeeding. So, it is advisable to consult a physician before using Rasna during breastfeeding.
Pregnancy
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Modern Science View
Enough scientific evidence is not available about the use of Rasna during pregnancy. So, it is advisable to consult a physician before using Rasna during pregnancy.

How to use RASNA

1. Rasna Kada(decoction)
a. Take 3-5gm of dried Rasna leaves.
b. Put into 2 cups of water and boil them until the water reduces to one- fourth cup.
c. Strain it and have it 10-15ml once or twice a day or as directed by the physician.
d. To get rid of the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.

2. Rasna Powder
a. Take 1-2gm of Rasna powder or as directed by the physician.
b. Swallow it with lukewarm water.
c. Once or twice a day after taking light food.
d. To get rid of the symptoms of osteoarthritis.

Benefits of RASNA

1. Joints pain
Rasna or its oil helps to 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 due to an imbalanced Vata. Applying a paste of Rasna powder or a massage with Rasna oil helps to reduce joint pain due to its Vata balancing property.

Tips for using Rasna in joints pain
Rasna leaves based oil
a. Take Rasna leaves based oil as per your requirement.
b. Mix with Sesame oil.
c. Massage it on the affected area once or twice a day before going to bed to get quick relief in pain associated with arthritis.

How to use RASNA

Rasna Leaves Oil
a. Take Rasna leaves based oil as per your requirement.
b. Mix with Sesame oil.
c. Massage it on the affected area once or twice a day before going to bed.
d. To get quick relief of arthritis associated pain.

Frequently asked questions

Q. In what forms Rasna is available in the market?

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Modern Science View
Rasna is available in the market in the form of powder. Rasna whole roots, as well as dried leaves, are also available in the market.

Q. How to Store Rasna Churna?

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Modern Science View
Rasna Churna should be stored in an airtight container. It should be kept in a cool and dry place away from moisture.

Q. Is Rasna good for Bronchitis?

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Modern Science View
Although enough scientific evidence is not available for the role of Rasna in bronchitis. However, it might help in certain conditions like Bronchitis and cough by reducing the inflammation of the respiratory passages due to its anti-inflammatory properties[2].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Yes, Rasna is good for bronchitis. The main Doshas involved in respiratory problems are Vata and Kapha. The vitiated Vata combines with deranged Kapha dosha in the lungs causing an obstruction in the respiratory passage which leads to bronchitis. Rasna helps to balance Vata-Kapha doshas and remove the obstruction in the respiratory passage which gives relief in bronchitis.

Q. Does Rasna help in reducing Cough?

ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Rasna is an effective herb in managing the cough. Drinking Rasna leaves decoction helps to release mucus from the respiratory passages and clears them due to its Kapha balancing property. This gives relief in the symptoms of cough.

Q. Is Rasna beneficial in Piles?

scientific
Modern Science View
Although enough scientific evidence is not available for the role of Rasna in Piles. However it might help in piles by managing constipation due to its laxative property[3].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Yes, Rasna is beneficial in piles because constipation is mainly responsible for increasing the symptoms of piles. Rasna helps to remove constipation due to its Rechana(laxative) property and reduce the symptoms of piles like pain.

Q. Does Rasna reduce Fever?

scientific
Modern Science View
Yes, Rasna might help in fever as it has antipyretic property. It helps to bring down the body temperature and gives relief in fever[3].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Rasna can help to reduce the symptoms of fever. As per Ayurveda, accumulation of Ama (toxic remains in the body due to improper digestion) in the body may sometimes also cause fever. Taking Rasna leaves decoction helps to reduce the symptoms of fever by reducing Ama because of its Ushna (hot) property.

Q. Is Rasna good for diabetes?

scientific
Modern Science View
Yes, Rasna might help in diabetes as it contains certain constituents (flavonoids) which are antioxidant in nature. These antioxidants increase the production of insulin and lower blood glucose levels[10].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Yes, Rasna is good for diabetes as it helps to maintain a normal blood sugar level. As per Ayurveda, Ama (toxic remains in the body due to improper digestion) is the prime cause of high sugar levels in the blood. Using Rasna leaves powder reduces Ama in the body due to its Ushna(hot) nature. This helps to manage blood sugar levels.

Q. Is Rasna useful in Constipation?

scientific
Modern Science View
Yes, Rasna might be useful in managing constipation due to its laxative properties. It helps to loosen the stools and promote bowel movement[11].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Yes, Rasna is an effective remedy to improve digestion and prevent constipation. Using Rasna leaves decoction helps to clean the bowel in the morning because of its Rechana(laxative) property.

Q. Does Rasna helps in Asthma?

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Modern Science View
Yes, Rasna might help in Asthma due to its anti- asthmatic properties. It contains certain constituents (flavonoids, terpenes, etc.) which inhibit the activity of mediators (hismanime) responsible for stimulating asthmatic response[12].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Yes, Rasna can be used in asthma. It helps to reduce the symptoms of asthma due to its Kapha balancing property. Rana also has Ushna(hot) nature that removes excessive sputum from the lungs and gives relief in breathlessness.

Q. Is Rasna beneficial in Indigestion?

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Modern Science View
Although enough scientific evidence is not available for the role of Rasna in indigestion, it might help in problems like indigestion, flatulence and abdominal colic[3].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Yes, Rasna is helpful to reduce the symptoms of indigestion. It helps to improve digestive fire and improves digestion due to its Ushna(hot) property.

Q. Can Rasna be used in scorpion stings?

scientific
Modern Science View
Yes, Rasna roots might help in reducing the pain associated with scorpion sting due to its analgesic properties[3][6].

Q. Is Rasna helpful in ulcers?

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Modern Science View
Although enough scientific evidence is not available for the role of Rasna in ulcers, it might help in managing gangrenous ulcers[7].

Q. Is Rasna good for kidneys?

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Modern Science View
Yes, Rasna is good for the kidneys as it protects them from damage caused by free radicals and reduces oxidative stress due to its antioxidant properties[8].

Q. Can Rasna be used in Malaria?

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Yes, Rasna might be used in malaria as it reduces the number of parasites in blood as well as their survival time due to its antimalarial property. It also increases blood glucose and hemoglobin levels in the blood which generally decreases in malaria[9].

Q. Does Rasna provide relief from muscle spasms?

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Modern Science View
Yes, Rasna might be useful in muscle spasms as it relaxes the smooth muscles due to its antispasmodic properties. It might also reduce the pain associated with the spasms due to its analgesic properties[4].

Q. Can Rasna be used in Cholera?

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Modern Science View
Yes, Rasna might be used in Cholera as it inhibits the activity of bacteria responsible for causing cholera due to its antibacterial properties[13].

Q. Is Rasna good for Rheumatoid arthritis?

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Modern Science View
Yes, Rasna is good for Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), which is an autoimmune disorder as it has antiinflammatory and analgesic properties. It reduces the joint pain and inflammation associated with arthritis. It also has an immunosuppressive property which helps to suppress the immune system[4][5].

Q. What are the uses of Rasna Churna?

ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Rasna Churna is very useful in treating conditions where pain or inflammation are significant signs or symptoms. The vata-balancing property of Rasan helps to reduce the pain or inflammation. Rasna Churna also gives relief in cough and cold conditions because of Ushna (hot) potency that helps liquefy and expel phlegm from the body, thus giving relief to the symptoms of cough and cold.

Q. How to take Rasna Churna?

ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Rasna Churna can be consumed 1-2gm or as directed by the physician, once or twice a day with warm water, preferably after taking food. Honey can also be used in place of water to get instant relief from cough and cold.

Q. How to make Rasna tea (Kwath)?

ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Rasna can also be used in the form of tea or Kwath. Here are some steps are shown to make Rasna tea at home:
Take 3-5gm of dried Rasna leaves
Add the leaves and pour 2 cups of water in a pan
Boil them until the water reduces to one-fourth cup.
Strain the mix and have 10-15ml of it once or twice a day or as directed by the physician to get rid of the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.

Q. Does Rasna help in wound healing?

scientific
Modern Science View
Yes, Rasna might help in wound healing. It contains certain constituents which increase the rate of wound contraction and helps in early wound healing[10].

Q. Can I use Rasna oil for joint pain ?

scientific
Modern Science View
Yes, Rasna oil might help in joint pain. Massaging joints with Rasna oil helps to reduce the pain and inflammation due to its anti-inflammatory properties[14].

Q. Can we use Rasna leaves on hair?

ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Rasna Leaves powder can help to promote hair growth when it is applied on the scalp and entire length of hair. Rasna leaves powder helps to improve the blood circulation of hair roots that promotes hair growth.

References

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