Vidarikand

Vidarikand
Vidarikand a perennial herb which is commonly known as Indian Kudzu. The tubers (roots) of this rejuvenating herb are mostly used as immunity booster and restorative tonic. Roots of Vidarikand helps to increase the flow of mother’s milk and also increases both quality and quantity of semen in males that increase its count and mobility due to its spermatogenic property. Edible tubers of vidarikand are also used to manage chest pain, rheumatism and fever.
Taking it with milk after meals will provide you with maximum benefits.
Incorporating Vidarikand in your diet rejuvenates skin and increases glow[2][3].

What are the synonyms of Vidarikand?

Pueraria tuberosa, Bhumikushumanda, Bhedeleton, Bhuikumra, Vidarikanta, Bhonykoru, Eagio, Bhoikolu, Sakharvel, Vidarikanda, Nelagumbala Gudde, Nelagumbala, Gumadi belli, Nelagumbula, Mudakku, Bhuikohala, Ghodvel, Bhuiankakharu, Nilapoosani, Nelagummuda, Darigummadi, Kudzu, Vidarika[1].

What is the source of Vidarikand?

Plant Based

Benefits of Vidarikand

What are the benefits of Vidarikand for Alcohol addiction?

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Vidarikand helps in reducing alcohol consumption due to its antioxidant properties. It fights against the free radicals (coming from alcohol) which prevents cell damage. Research suggests that heavy drinkers who take Vidarikand are found to consume less alcohol[4][11].
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Ayurvedic View
Alcoholism refers to an addiction to alcohol. It is a chronic disorder in which a person is unable to refrain from frequent and excessive consumption of alcohol for physical or psychological reasons. In Ayurveda, Alcoholism can be referred to as Madatyaya. All types of alcoholism are Tridoshaja and the dosha that is predominant is treated first. In Alcoholism, Oja kshaya (weakened immunity) is also a major complication. Vidarikand can help reduce the symptoms of Alcoholism. Taking Vidarikand helps to increase Oja and also balances the aggravated dosha (if Vata-Pitta aggravated) because of its Rasayana and Vata-Pitta balancing nature.
Tips:
1. Take 2-3gm of Vidarikand Powder or as directed by the doctor.
2. Swallow it with lukewarm milk after taking food twice a day.

What are the benefits of Vidarikand for Angina (heart-related chest pain)?

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Not enough scientific evidence is available to support the role of Vidarikand in preventing chest pain during a procedure called percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA).

What are the benefits of Vidarikand for Coronary artery disease?

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Vidarikand might be useful in managing Coronary Heart Disease due to its antioxidant and blood clotting properties. It prevents the formation of blood clots which improves the flow of blood to the heart. Thus it helps reduce damage to the heart and subsequently, the risk of Coronary heart diseases[4][7].

What are the benefits of Vidarikand for Diabetes mellitus (Type 1 & Type 2)?

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Vidarikand might help manage diabetes due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It helps reduce the blood sugar levels and also prevents damage to pancreatic cells which leads to enhanced insulin secretion and sensitivity[4-6].
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Ayurvedic View
Vidarikand helps manage normal blood sugar levels in the body because of its Rasayana (rejuvenating) property. It helps prevent the damage to pancreatic cells and enhances insulin secretion which gets impaired due to the accumulation of Ama (toxic remains in the body due to improper digestion) in the body.
Tips:
1. Take 2-3gm of Vidarikand Powder or as directed by the doctor.
2. Swallow it with lukewarm milk after taking food twice a day.
3. To get rid of the symptoms of diabetes.

What are the benefits of Vidarikand for Diabetic kidney disease?

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Vidarikand possess antioxidant property and helps protect the kidney against damage. This helps in the management of diabetic nephropathy (kidney damage due to diabetes) The antioxidant property of Vidarikand removes certain substances (free radicals) from our body and improves the oxygen exchange in the kidney cells [9][10].

What are the benefits of Vidarikand for Diabetic eye disease?

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Not enough scientific evidence is available to support the role of Vidarikand in diabetic retinopathy.

What are the benefits of Vidarikand for Athletic performance?

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Vidarikand promotes physical strength due to its ability to stimulate growth hormones. It also helps in improving chest circumference, muscular strength, and body weight[4][9].

What are the benefits of Vidarikand for Hypertension (high blood pressure)?

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Vidarikand might help manage high blood pressure due to its antioxidant property. The antioxidant property of Vidarikand helps remove certain substances (free radicals) from our bodies which prevents damage to blood vessels. It can also reduce blood pressure by widening the blood vessels and improving the blood flow [4][5].

What are the benefits of Vidarikand for Stroke?

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Not enough scientific evidence is available to support the role of Vidarikand in case of stroke.

What are the benefits of Vidarikand for Low back pain?

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Not enough scientific evidence is available to support the role of Vidarikand in low back pain.

What are the benefits of Vidarikand for Menopausal symptoms?

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According to scientific research, consuming Vidarikand might help reduce hot flashes and improve dryness in the vaginal area[4].
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Ayurvedic View
Menopause is a stage of physical and mental transformation for women. The body shows both types of symptoms physical and mental. The more serious symptoms, such as frequent hot flashes, continual sleep disturbance and moderate to severe mood swings are signs of deeper imbalances that, if left untreated, will persist to set the stage for later disease. Ayurveda describes that certain stubborn symptoms are usually due to the buildup of toxins and also an imbalance of doshas especially Vata. Using Vidarikand helps to reduce the symptoms of Menopause by removing toxins and balancing Vata because of its Rasayana and Vata balancing nature.
Tips:
1. Take 2-3gm of Vidarikand Powder or as directed by the doctor.
2. Swallow it with lukewarm milk after taking food twice a day.

What are the benefits of Vidarikand for Heart attack?

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Vidarikand helps reduce the risk of a heart attack due to its antioxidant property. It also has cardioprotective activity that provides protection against strokes. Certain substances present in Vidarikand induces the relaxation of blood vessels and increases blood circulation in the arteries. This helps widen the blood vessels which helps lower blood pressure and consequently reduces the risk of heart strokes[5][8].

What are the benefits of Vidarikand for Common cold symptoms?

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Not enough scientific evidence is available to support the role of Vidarikand in case of cold.

What are the benefits of Vidarikand for Diarrhea?

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Not enough scientific evidence is available to support the role of Vidarikand in case of cold.

What are the benefits of Vidarikand for Fever?

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Not enough scientific evidence is available to support the role of Vidarikand in case of Fever.

What are the benefits of Vidarikand for Influenza (flu)?

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Not enough scientific evidence is available to support the role of Vidarikand in case of Flu.
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Ayurvedic View
Vidarikand helps reduce the symptoms of flu. In Ayurveda, flu or influenza is known as Vata Shleshmika Jwara. Flu is a viral infection of the upper respiratory tract. According to Ayurveda, Vata, Pitta and Kapha dosha get disturbed during the seasonal changes which leads to flu. Vidarikand helps to reduce the symptoms of flu and fights against seasonal changes due to its Rasayana (rejuvenating) properties.
Tips:
1. Take 2-3gm of Vidarikand Powder or as directed by the doctor.
2. Swallow it with lukewarm after taking food twice a day.

What are the benefits of Vidarikand for Muscle pain?

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Not enough scientific evidence is available to support the role of Vidarikand in case of muscle pain.
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Ayurvedic View
Vidarikand is useful in managing muscle pain or fatigue in day to day life. Taking Vidarikand powder helps reduce muscle pain and gives relief from associated symptoms because of its Balya (strength providing) and Vata balancing properties.
Tips:
1. Take 2-3gm of Vidarikand Powder or as directed by the doctor.
2. Swallow it with lukewarm milk after taking food twice a day.

What are the benefits of Vidarikand for Gastroesophageal reflux disease (Acid reflux)?

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Vidarikand helps in managing stomach inflammation due to its analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antibacterial properties. It helps in reducing pain and inflammation in the stomach by reducing the production of certain inflammation-causing chemicals .
They also inhibit the production of gastric acid in the stomach and makes it free from acidity. This provides protection against various agents [10].
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Ayurvedic View
The stomach normally secretes acid that is essential in the digestive process. When there is excessive production of acid in the stomach, it results in the condition known as acidity. In Ayurveda, the main cause of acidity is aggravated dosha Pitta. When the stomach acid causes inflammation of the inner layer of the stomach, it is called as gastritis. Using Vidarikand helps to balance aggravated Pitta and calms the symptoms of gastritis because of its Sita (cold) nature. It also prevents damage to the inner layer of the stomach because of its Rasayana property.
Tips:
1. Take 2-3gm of Vidarikand Powder or as directed by the doctor.
2. Swallow it with milk after taking food twice a day.

How effective is Vidarikand?

Likely effective
Alcohol addiction
Insufficient evidence
Angina (heart-related chest pain), Athletic performance, Common cold symptoms, Coronary artery disease, Diabetes mellitus (Type 1 & Type 2), Diabetic eye disease, Diabetic kidney disease, Diarrhea, Fever, Gastroesophageal reflux disease (Acid reflux), Heart attack, Hypertension (high blood pressure), Influenza (flu), Low back pain, Menopausal symptoms, Muscle pain, Stroke

Precautions when using Vidarikand

Advice from Experts
Important
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Vidarikand might interfere with blood sugar levels during before and after surgery. So it is advisable to take Vidarikand at least 14 days before surgery[4].
Breastfeeding
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Since enough scientific evidence is not available, it is advisable to avoid or consult your doctor before taking Vidarikand during breastfeeding[4].
Minor Medicine Interaction
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Vidarikand may interact with anti cancer drugs. So it is generally advisable to consult your doctor while taking Vidarikand with anticancer drugs[4].
Moderate Medicine Interaction
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Vidarikand may interact with birth control pills. So it is generally advisable to consult your doctor while taking Vidarikand with birth control pills[4].
Patients with diabetes
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Vidarikand may lower blood sugar levels. So, it is generally advisable to monitor your blood sugar level while taking Vidarikand with anti-diabetic drugs[4].
Patients with heart disease
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Modern Science View
Vidarikand may interact with cardiovascular drugs. So, it is generally advisable to consult your doctor while taking Vidarikand with cardiovascular drugs[4].
Patients with liver disease
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Vidarikand may cause liver damage or worsen conditions like hepatitis. So it advisable to consult a doctor before using Vidarikand in patients with liver diseases[4].
Pregnancy
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Since enough scientific evidence is not available, it is advisable to avoid or consult your doctor before taking Vidarikand during pregnancy[4].
Side Effects
Important
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1. Headache
2. Fever
3. Dizziness[4].
severe medicine interaction
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Vidarikand slows blood clotting due to which it can worsen blood clotting disorders and also interfere with medications used in the treatment of bleeding or blood clotting disorders[4].

Recommended Dosage of Vidarikand

  • Vidarikand Powder - 2-3gm twice a day or as directed by the doctor.
  • Vidarikand Capsule - 1 capsule twice a day or as directed by the doctor.
  • Vidarikand Tablet - 1 tablet twice a day or as directed by the doctor.

How to use Vidarikand

1. Vidarikand Powder
a. Take 2-3gm of Vidarikand Powder or as directed by the doctor.
b. Swallow it with lukewarm milk after taking food twice a day.

2. Vidarikand Capsule
a. Take 1 capsule or as directed by the doctor.
b. Swallow it with milk or water twice a day after taking food.

3. Vidarikand Tablet
a. Take 1 tablet a day as directed by the doctor.
b. Swallow it with milk or water twice a day after taking food.

Benefits of Vidarikand

1. Wound healing
Vidarikand helps in quick healing of wounds, decreases swelling and brings back the normal texture of the skin. This is due to its Ropan (healing) property. It also reduces inflammation and provides a cooling effect due to its Sita (cold) nature.
Tips:
1. Take 1-2 teaspoons of Vidarikand powder or as per your requirement.
2. Mix with water or coconut oil and make a paste
3. Apply on the affected area once or twice a day.

Precautions when using Vidarikand

Allergy
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Certain studies have shown that taking Vidarikand might cause allergic reactions[4].
Side Effects
Important
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Skin Itchiness[4]

Recommended Dosage of Vidarikand

  • Vidarikand Powder - ½ - 1 teaspoon or as per your requirement.

How to use Vidarikand

1. Vidarikand Powder
a. Take ½ -1 teaspoon of Vidarikand Powder.
b. Add honey to it and apply evenly on the face and neck.
c. Let it sit for 5-8 minutes.
d. Wash thoroughly with tap water.
e. Use this remedy 1-2 times a week to improve your skin complexion.

Frequently asked questions

Q. Does Vidarikand prevents atheroma formation?

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Atheroma is the fatty deposition in the arteries. Vidarikand prevents the deposition of fatty acids in arteries due to its clotting activity[5].

Q. Is Vidarikand beneficial in improving sexual performance?

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Yes, Vidarikand is considered to be beneficial in improving sexual performance due to its aphrodisiac activity. It increases the levels of the hormone testosterone in men which helps improve the production of sperm[13].
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Ayurvedic View
Vidarikand is useful in reducing the symptoms of sexual weakness and improves sexual health. Sexual dysfunction in men can be in the form of loss of libido i.e., having no inclination towards a sexual act, decreased erection time or lesser semen expelled after sexual activity (this is also referred to as ‘early discharge or premature ejaculation). Taking Vidarikand helps to maintain a healthy sexual life and reduces the symptoms of sexual weakness like erectile dysfunction and delayed ejaculation due to its Vajikarna (aphrodisiac) property.

Q. Is the topical use of Vidarikand beneficial for joint and muscle pain?

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Yes, topical use of Vidarikand in the form of gel is good for joint and muscle pain due to its anti-inflammatory properties[6].

Q. Is Vidarikand useful in cuts and swelling?

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Yes, the root paste of Vidarikand is useful in cuts and swellings due to its antibacterial and anti-inflammation properties[6].

Q. What precaution should be taken with oral use of Vidarikand?

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There are studies which show that oral use of Vidarikand may cause stomach upset, vaginal dryness and dizziness if not taken in proper doses. So it is advisable to consult your doctor before taking Vidarikand orally[4].
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Ayurvedic View
Vidarikand is of Guru (heavy) nature due to which it takes time to digest. So if someone has weak digestion, Vidarikand can cause stomach problems like heaviness in the abdomen.

Q. What precautions should be taken by diabetic patients while taking Vidarikand?

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Diabetes medications are used to decrease the level of blood sugar and Vidarikand also has the property of decreasing blood sugar. So taking Vidarikand along with diabetes medicines might cause blood sugar levels to go too low that may be harmful for health. So it is advisable to use Vidarikand with doctor’s advice[4].

Q. What precautions should be taken by Females while using Vidarikand?

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Vidarikand has properties similar to estrogen (female sex hormone). In women having hormone-sensitive condition such as breast cancer, uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, endometriosis or uterine fibroid, the use of Vidarikand may further worsen the conditions. So it is advisable to consult your doctor before taking Vidarikand[4].

Q. Is Vidarikand good for swollen joints?

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Yes, Vidarikand is useful in managing swollen joints due to its anti-inflammatory property. It helps reduce pain and inflammation in joints[12].
Tips:
1. Peel the tuberous roots of Vidarikand.
2. Crush them into a soft moist mass.
3. Apply to swollen joints.

References

  1. The Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia Of India.Part 1 Volume 1.
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  3. Dharmapal S, Udayan PS, Raghu AV. In vitro propagation of Pueraria tuberosa (Roxb. ex Willd.) DC. Tropical Plant Research. 2017;4(3):480–485.
  4. WebMD.Kudzu: Uses, Side effects, Doses, Interactions [Internet].Atlanta [last updated in 2016].
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  9. Shukla R, Banerjee S and Tripathi TB. Antioxidant and Antiapoptotic effect of aqueous extract of Pueraria tuberosa DC. on streptozotocin induced diabetic nephropathy in rats.BMC Complement Altern Med. 2018; 18(1): 156.
  10. Bulugonda RK, Kumar KA, Gangappa D. Mangiferin from Pueraria tuberosa reduces inflammation via inactivation of NLRP3 inflammasome.Scientific Reports. 2017;7:42683:1-14.
  11. Puddey IB, Croft KResearch suggests that heavy drinkers or binge drinkers who take kudzu consume less beer when given a chance to drink. But kudzu doesn’t seem to decrease the craving for alcohol or improve sobriety in long-term alcoholics.D, Abdu-Amsha CR, et al.Alcohol, free radicals and antioxidants.Novartis Found Symp.1998;216: 51-62.
  12. Dweck AC. The Pueraria family with special interest in Pueraria mirifica.Personal care magazine. 2002;3(1): 7-10.
  13. Chauhan NS, Sharma V, Thakur M, et al. Pueraria tuberosa DC Extract Improves Androgenesis and Sexual Behavior via FSH LH Cascade. Scientific World Journal. 2013: 780659.
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