It is popularly known as “Makhana” in India. It grows in water and is found in India, Korea, Japan and Russia. Fox nut is also known as gorgon nut, Euryale ferox.
The fox nut is from lotus seeds. the lotus seed is sacred to Lakshmi, the Goddess of prosperity and brings material and spiritual luxury and wealth. It calms the mind and subdues restless thoughts and dreams. Lotus seeds help open the heart chakra and are good for devotion and aspiration. They also improve speech, help stop stuttering and improve concentration. Lotus seeds benefit the spleen, kidney and heart. The seed also has calming properties that alleviate restlessness the best thing for old people, palpitations and insomnia. It is also rich in calcium. The lotus seed is puffed, just as popcorn is puffed.
Health benefits of Fox nut : -
Anti Aging :
Fox nuts are rich in antioxidants which works as age lock system and makes us younger for much longer .Fox nuts are effective for individuals with high risk of premature ageing ,premature white hairs ,wrinkles and other signs of aging.
Girls and Women’s Best Friend :
Because of high calcium contain in fox nut it is the best thing for ladies as per the research on Indian women out of 100 women 98 is suffering from calcium deficiency and 2 is taking artificial calcium.fox nuts are the necessity for today’s women .It is also helpful in hight increasing and moisturize the skin to look beautifully. Fox nut is very useful for women during pregnancy and post natal weaknesses
It is a superior herb highly regarded for restoring sexual vigor and youthful energy in older men and also cures premature ejaculation ,increase libido,helps in female infertility.It is suitable for arthritis, impotence and premature aging. also cures joint pains and back pain.cure a variety of diseases including kidney problems, chronic diarrhea,excessive leucorrhea and hypofunction of the spleen.
Control Diabetes :
Diabetes is a metabolic disorder, which is accompanied by high blood glucose levels. It is a result of improper functioning of the pancreas, which secretes the insulin hormone. Fox nut is a sweet and sour seed These seeds contain starch and protein which is excellent for diabetes .
Strengthening the kidney :
Therapeutic effects of fox nut involve its strengthening of kidney. It also helps to relieve the dampness, associated with leucorrhoea. It also regulates hypertension or high blood pressure. It is also beneficial for individuals with impotence and arthritis. According to texts of ayurveda makhana tastes sweet, madhura rasa and guru. It increases moisture level in body tissues (snigdha and sheeta veerya).
Sweet, astringent in flavor , neutral in nature, fox nut is tropistic to the spleen and kidney channels. It can reinforce the spleen , kidney as astringent remedy. It has effect of preservating body essence and arresting chronic diarrhea, seminal discharge, spermatorrhea, and leucorrhagia. Being antioxidant, fox nut helps in respiratory systems, veins, digestion , frequent urination .It helps in Cardio Protection. It regulates blood pressure, relieves numbness and aching near waist and knees.
Cure all Vata and Pitta Dosh :
Fox nut alleviates vata and pitta dosha. It strengthens the heart and is very useful in anemia. Makhana increases quality and quantity of semen, prevents premature ejaculation, increases libido and helps in female infertility. And also cures Anger, sexual addiction, raised tummy, paralysis and other dieses related to vaat and pitta .It is an important ingredient of herbal preparations used for erectile dysfunction. It strengthens body and increases energy level. Because of its aphrodisiac properties it is grouped under vrishyadi varga. The herbs under this group are used in vajikarana therapy.
The texts of ayurveda describe properties of fox nut as follows
“makhannam snigdhavrishyam cha garbhasamsthapakam param | Vatapitta haram balyam sheetam pittasradaahanut ||”
Makhanna increases stickiness of secretions by increasing moisture level in body. Hence it increases quality and quantity of semen and useful in impotence. It helps to increase the fertility in women and reduces vata and pitta. It strengthens the body and reduces burning sensation and quenches thirst.
Uses of Fox nut in alternative medicine systems
According to principles of traditional Chinese medicine fox nut is used to strengthen spleen and kidneys. It is indicated in conditions like spermatorrhea, premature ejaculation, neuralgia, incontinence, chronic diarrhea etc. According to herbalists it is helpful in preventing early discharge of semen and restores sexual vigor in older men.( Because of this property the fox nut is categorized under Vajikarana dravyas in texts of ayurveda.) Makhana helps in conditions like arthritis, erectile dysfunction and premature aging. This herb has antioxidant properties and helps in digestion, rejuvenates respiratory system and prevents frequent urination.
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