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Vijaysar

Vijaysar
Vijaysar is widely used in Ayurveda as a “Rasayana” (rejuvenating) herb. The bark of Vijaysar has significant importance in Ayurveda in managing diabetes and is also known as “The miracle cure for Diabetes” mainly due to its Tikta (bitter) nature.
Vijaysar helps to manage blood sugar levels by preventing the damage to pancreatic cells and promoting insulin secretion due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity. Drinking water kept overnight in glasses made of Vijaysar wood is an age old practice for keeping blood sugar levels in control. Taking 1-2 Vijaysar capsules twice a day is also good for diabetes and weight loss.
Vijaysar protects the liver against cell damage caused by free radicals due to its antioxidant activity. Vijaysar is effective in improving heart health by decreasing the production of bad cholesterol and fatty acids and also keeps a check on body weight due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Vijaysar might be beneficial for managing diarrhea by decreasing the frequency of stools due to its antidiarrhoeal property and also helps to expel intestinal worms due to its anthelmintic activity.
Vijaysar powder along with water can be applied on the skin to manage skin problems like inflammation and infections due to its antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties. Applying Vijaysar leaf juice along with honey on wounds promotes wound healing.
Vijaysar due to its blood sugar lowering property should be used carefully by diabetic patients as it may cause a sudden drop in blood sugar levels[1-3].

What are the synonyms of Vijaysar?

Pterocarpus marsupium, Indian kino tree, Malabar kino, Bijasar, Asan, Bijaka, Asanaka, Aajar, Piyasala, Pitasala, Asana, Lal Chandeur, Venga, Bibala, Piashala, Chandan Lal, Channanlal, Vengai, Yegi, Vegisa, Beejak, Peetsaar, Priyak, Sarjak

What is the source of Vijaysar?

Plant Based

Benefits of Vijaysar

1. Diabetes
According to Ayurveda, Vijayasar is good for managing high sugar level by improving the metabolism due to its Tikta (bitter) and Kapha-Pitta balancing properties.

2. Diabetes complications
Vijayasar also helps manage diabetic related symptoms like frequent urination, excessive thirst, fatigue and overeating due to its Kashaya (astringent) property.

3. Bleeding disorder
Vijayasar helps control bleeding disorders due to its Pitta pacifying and Kashaya (astringent) properties.

4. Obesity
Vijayasar helps reduce fat, eliminate toxins from the body and improve metabolism due to its Kapha or Ama (toxic remains in the body due to improper digestion) reducing properties.

5. Gastrointestinal disorders
Vijayasar shows good result in irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhea, and indigestion due to its Ama (toxic remains in the body due to improper digestion) reducing and Kashaya (astringent) properties.

Precautions when using Vijaysar

Advice from Experts
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Use Vijaysar in small amounts if you have constipation because it makes constipation worse due to its Kashaya property.
Breastfeeding
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Consult your doctor while taking Vijaysar during breastfeeding.
Patients with diabetes
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Vijaysar may interfere with blood sugar levels. So it is generally advisable to monitor your blood sugar level while taking Vijaysar along with antidiabetic medicines.
Pregnancy
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Consult your doctor while taking Vijaysar during pregnancy.

Recommended Dosage of Vijaysar

  • Vijaysar Churna - ¼-½ teaspoon twice a day.
  • Vijaysar Capsule - 1-2 capsules twice a day.

How to use Vijaysar

1. Vijaysar Churna
a. Take ¼-½ teaspoon of Vijaysar churna.
b. Swallow it with lukewarm water twice a day preferably before meals.

2. Vijaysar Capsule
a. Take 1-2 Vijaysar capsules.
b. Swallow it with lukewarm water twice a day preferably before meals.

3. Vijaysar Glass Tumbler
a. Put the water into the Vijaysar tumbler at night.
b. Let that water sit in the tumbler for 8-10 hours.
c. The water will turn brown in color.
d. Drink this brown colored water on an empty stomach in the morning to manage diabetes.

Benefits of Vijaysar

1. Premature Hair Greying
Vijayasar helps control premature hair greying due to its Pitta balancing and Kashaya (astringent) properties.

2. Skin Infection
Vijaysar has an excellent effect on inflammation, swelling and any type of skin infections due to its Kashaya (astringent) property.

3. Wound
Vijaysar also gives relief from pain and swelling in case of wound due to its cold potency.

4. Toothache
Vijaysar bark can be used for managing toothaches due to its Kashaya (astringent) effects.

Precautions when using Vijaysar

Allergy
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Use Vijaysar leaves juice or Vijaysar powder with coconut oil or rose water if your skin is hypersensitive.

Recommended Dosage of Vijaysar

  • Vijaysar Juice - 1-2 teaspoon or as per your requirement.
  • Vijaysar Paste - ¼-½ teaspoon or as per your requirement.
  • Vijaysar Powder - ½-1 teaspoon or as per your requirement.

How to use Vijaysar

1. Vijaysar Powder
a. Take ½-1 teaspoon of Vijaysar powder.
b. Mix it with water to form a paste and apply evenly on the affected area.
c. Let it sit for 5-7 minutes.
d. Wash thoroughly with tap water.
e. Use this remedy 1-2 times a week to control inflammation and swelling.

2. Vijaysar Leaves Juice
a. Take 1-2 teaspoon of Vijaysar leaves juice.
b. Mix it with honey and apply evenly on the affected area.
c. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes.
d. Wash thoroughly with fresh water.
e. Use this remedy 1-2 times a day for faster wound healing.

Frequently asked questions

Q. What are the chemical constituents of Vijaysar?

scientific
Modern Science View
Vijaysar is considered as a rich source of phenolic compounds, alkaloids, tannins, proteins, liquiritigenin and isoliquiritigenin. These constituents are responsible for its anti hypoglycaemic, antidiarrheal and anti-hemorrhagic properties.

Q. What is the shelf life of Vijaysar wood ?

scientific
Modern Science View
The shelf life of Vijaysar wood is approximately 3 years.

Q. What is the price of Vijaysar wood?

scientific
Modern Science View
The price of Vijaysar wood ranges from Rs. 150-700.

Q. Can I stop taking my regular medicines while using this herbal wood tumbler?

scientific
Modern Science View
No, there is no need to stop your prescribed medications or adjust the dosage. You can use this tumbler as an adjuvant to your daily life. However, it is advisable to monitor your blood sugar level regularly.

Q. Is drinking water in Vijaysar wood tumbler safe for consumption?

scientific
Modern Science View
Yes, drinking water in Vijaysar wood tumbler is good for managing diabetes[4].

Q. Does Vijayasar cures diarrhoea?

scientific
Modern Science View
Vijaysar has anti-diarrhea activity and helps manage symptoms of diarrhea. One of the studies state that the heartwood extract of Vijaysar significantly reduced the frequency and severity of diarrhea due to the presence of flavonoids[5].

Q. Can drinking water from Vijaysar wood tumbler cure diabetes ?

scientific
Modern Science View
Yes, drinking water from Vijaysar wood tumbler might help manage diabetes. Vijaysar is considered to have anti-diabetic property due to the presence of flavanoids. Studies state that epicatechin, a flavonoid isolated from the bark of Vijaysar helps to improve insulin level as well as protects and regenerates β-cells involved in insulin production[6].
Tips:
1. Keep water in the tumbler of Vijaysar overnight.
2. You can drink the water the next day.
3. The tumbler might turn the color of water into reddish brown but will be neutral in taste.
4. In case you are on anti-diabetes drugs, examine your blood sugar levels regularly as Vijaysar might lower the blood sugar levels drastically.

Q. Can Vijayasar cure leucoderma?

scientific
Modern Science View
Although the exact mechanism of action is not know, one of the researches state that Vijaysar might help manage skin disorders like leucoderma[7].

Q. Does Vijaysar reduce excess fat?

scientific
Modern Science View
Yes, Vijaysar reduces excess fat in the body due to its anti-obesity property. It increases the metabolism of the body and reduces cholesterol and triglyceride levels, thereby, reducing the body weight[5].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Yes, Vijaysar might help to reduce excessive fat which accumulates in the body due to week or poor digestion. Vijaysar helps to manage this condition due to its Ushna (hot) and Pachan (digestion) properties. These properties help to improve digestion and prevent further formation and accumulation of fat in the body.

Q. How does Vijaysar help in lowering cholesterol levels?

scientific
Modern Science View
Vijaysar helps manage cholesterol levels due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. These properties help to lower the level of bad cholesterol (LDL) in the body and thereby maintaining healthy cholesterol levels[6][7].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
High cholesterol is a condition which occurs due to the formation and accumulation of toxins in the form of Ama(toxic remains in the body due to improper digestion) in the blood vessels. This condition occurs due to weak or poor digestion. Vijaysar helps to manage this due to its Ushna (hot) and Pachan (digestion) properties.

Q. What are the benefits of Vijaysar in anemia?

scientific
Modern Science View
Although enough scientific evidence is not available to support the role of Vijaysar in anemia but it might help manage diabetic anaemia (a condition that arises due to improper diet intake because of diabetes)[8].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Yes, Vijayasar might help in the condition of anemia which occurs due to an imbalance of Pitta dosha. Vijaysar helps to manage this condition due to its Kashay (astringent) and Pitta balancing properties.

Q. What are the uses of Vijaysar for elephantiasis?

scientific
Modern Science View
Although enough scientific evidence are not available to support the role of Vijaysar in elephantiasis. However, it has an anti-inflammatory property which might help to reduce swelling associated with elephantiasis[9].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Elephantiasis is known as Shleepad in Ayurveda. It is a condition which occurs due to an imbalance of all three doshas (especially Kapha dosha) which results in inflammation of the affected area. Vijaysar helps to manage this condition due to its Kapha balancing and Sothhar (anti-inflammatory) properties.

Q. What are the uses of Vijaysar wood?

scientific
Modern Science View
The heart wood of Vijaysar has various medicinal properties. Drinking water kept overnight in Vijaysar wood tumbler helps in managing blood sugar levels. Vijaysar wood is used as an astringent which causes the contraction of skin cells and also manages inflammation due to its anti-inflammatory property[4][14].

Q. Does Vijaysar help in removing stomach worms?

scientific
Modern Science View
Yes, Vijaysar helps in removing worms from stomach due to its anthelmintic activities. It expels the parasitic worms from the body without harming the host[9].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Yes, Vijaysar helps in removing stomach worms. These worms occurs due to poor or weak digestion. Vijaysar helps to manage this condition due to its Ushna (hot) nature and Pachan (digestion) properties.

Q. Does Vijaysar keeps your liver healthy?

scientific
Modern Science View
Yes, Vijaysar keeps liver healthy as it contains certain constituents(flavonoids) which have antioxidant property. These constituents fight against free radicals and prevent cell(hepatic) damage. Thus, showing a hepatoprotective activity[11].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Yes, Vijaysar might help to keep your liver healthy. Liver problems like indigestion or loss of appetite generally occur due to an imbalance of Pitta dosha. Vijaysar helps to manage this condition due to its Pitta balancing property. Its Ushna (hot) nature and Pachan (digestion) property helps to enhance appetite and improves digestion. It also maintains overall health due to its Rasayana (rejuvenation) property.

Q. Can Vijaysar powder be used in diabetes?

scientific
Modern Science View
Yes, Vijaysar powder can be used to manage diabetes due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It prevents pancreatic cells against the damage caused by free radicals and enhances insulin secretion. Thereby managing blood sugar levels[12].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Diabetes is a condition which generally occurs due to an imbalance of Vata-Kapha dosha and leads to poor digestion or Mandagni (weak digestive fire). Vijaysar helps to manage this condition due to its Kapha balancing properties. It helps to improve digestion due to its Pachan (digestion) property and enhances Agni (digestive fire) due to its Ushna (hot) nature. Thus, maintaining overall health due to its Rasayan (rejuvenation) property.

Q. What are the side effects of Vijaysar?

scientific
Modern Science View
There are no major side effects of Vijaysar if taken in the prescribed amount. However, It is generally advisable to consult your doctor before taking Vijaysar[13].

Q. Is Vijaysar beneficial for hair?

scientific
Modern Science View
Although enough scientific evidence are not available to support the role of Vijaysar for hair but it might help manage the greying of hair[10].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Yes, Vijaysar might be beneficial for hair problems like itching, dandruff or hair fall which generally occurs due to an imbalance of any of the three doshas(mainly Pitta and Kapha dosha). Vijaysar helps to manage this condition due to its Pitta-Kapha balancing property. Its Kashay (astringent) and Keshya (hair tonic) properties prevents damage to the hair and helps to provide them a healthy growth.

Q. Is Vijaysar beneficial for dental disorders?

scientific
Modern Science View
Yes, Vijaysar is beneficial for managing dental problems like toothache due to its astringent and healing properties. It causes contraction of skin cells in the mouth and provides strength to gums and teeth[1].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Yes, Vijaysar might be beneficial for dental disorders like inflammation or infection, which generally occurs due to an imbalance of Vata and Pitta dosha. Vijaysar help to manage this condition due to its Pitta balancing and Kashay (astringent) properties.

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