Benefits of China Spinach (Chaulai)
Botanical Name : Amaranthus gangeticus
Family Name : Amaranth- aceae
Hindi Name : Chaulai
Amaranth is a popular green leafy vegetable, grown allover India. It is usually a short-lived annual herb, with erect and often thick and fleshy stems and green leaves. There are about six species of amaranth in cultivation.
Most species of amaranth are believed to have originated in the regions of South America or Mexico. The various species are now widely distributed throughout most tropical areas- India, China, Malaysia, Taiwan, Africa etc. Amaranth is a warm season crop and its all species can be grown in the summer and mostly in the rainy season.
Leaves, root & seeds.
Carminative, nutritive, antibiotic, emollient, demulcent, anti- rheumatic and aphrodisiac.
Forms of Use
As vegetable, decoction, poultice, juice mixed with lemon & honey.
(i) Regular use of amaranth in our food items prevents the deficiency of Vitamins A, B1, B2 and C, calcium, iron and potassium.
(ii) It protects against several disorders, such as defective vision, recurrent colds and functional sterility.
(iii) Extract its juice and mix with honey. The decoction is a wonderful remedy against bronchitis, asthma, emphysema and tuberculosis.
(iv) A teaspoon of fresh amaranth juice with honey given to infants makes them healthy and strong. This also prevents constipation and eases the teething process, thus preventing retarded growth.
(v) The juice of the plant mixed with a teaspoon of lemon juice is effective against bleeding caused by weak gums, nose, lungs and even piles.
(vi) A decoction of the leaves or roots is given in 1/2 ounce in diarrhoea, leucorrhoea, menorrhoagia and impotence. A poultice of the leaves with honey is applied over inflamed and painful parts.
(vii) The seeds are cooling, demulcent and powerful aphrodisiac; they are given in leucorrhoea and impotence.
(viii) The leaves are sweetish, expectorant, vulnerary, antipyretic, emmenagogue, emetic, stop suppuration, useful in biliousness, flashy tumours, toothache, burning sensations, liver complaints, inflammations, decoction as gargle in stomatitis.
(ix) Amaranth is valuable in respiratory disorders. Drinking fresh juice along with honey is a remedy for chronic bronchitis & asthma.
(x) Regular use of amaranth during pregnancy and lactation is highly beneficial. One cup of fresh leaf juice of amaranth mixed with honey and a pinch of cardamom powder should be taken during entire period of pregnancy. It will help in the normal growth of the baby, prevent the loss of calcium and iron from the body, relax the uterine ligaments and facilitate easy delivery without much pain. Its use after childbirth will shorten the laying- in period, check the postnatal complications and increase the flow of breast milk.
(xi) Growing children can safely be given this juice as a natural protein tonic. It contains all the essential amino acids, such as orginine, histidine, isolencine, lencine, lysine, cystine, methionine, phenylalamine, threonine, tryptophan and valine.
(xii) Regular use of amaranth prevents premature old age as it checks the imbalance of calcium and iron metabolism that often occurs in old age. According to Dr. Van-Sylke, calcium molecules begin to deposit in bone tissues as one becomes old. This hampers calcium distribution influenced by the improper molecular movements of iron in the tissues. This molecular disturbance of calcium and iron is prevented by regular supply of food calcium and iron as they are found in amaranth.
(xiii) Amaranth is useful in all kinds of bleeding tendencies. A cup of leaf juice mixed with a teaspoonful of lime juice should be taken every night in conditions like bleeding from the gums, nose, lungs, piles and excessive menstruation.
(xiv) It is also useful in the treatment of leucorrhoea. The sind of the root of amaranth rubbed in 250 ml of water and strained should be given to the patient daily in the morning and evening for 2/3 days or as needed.