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Nilappana known in English as black musli is the seventh of the Dashapushpams.

A stem less perennial herb propagated by the bud developed from wherever the leaf tip touches the soil is packed with rejuvenating and aphrodisiac factors by nature. Nilappana translates as ground palm and is attributed to the looks of the plant with its leaves resembling that of a palm. Spread on ground, the only visible parts of the plant are the shiny green longish leathery leaves and bright yellow flowers.

Musli grows in moist humus rich shady forests of the Western and Eastern Ghats, Lower Himalayas and other evergreen forests of India up to a height of 1800MS. It also grows well in the tropical forests of South and Southeast Asia. The medically most useful part of the plant, the thick roots spread horizontally under the ground and are mucilaginous. They look brownish black and wrinkled in their dried form and contain a medicinally active component, a phenolic glycoside, Curculigoside.

True to its nickname Indian Viagra Musli is a highly aphrodisiac and rejuvenating herb. Nilappana is used mainly in the uro-genital diseases and to promote weight gain. It is the medicine of choice for male impotency, premature ejaculation and low sperm counts. In women it is used in the treatment of leucorrhoea. A bitter, appetizer, nervine, adaptogenic, sedative, anticonvulsive, androgenic and anti-inflammatory drug Nilappana is useful in the treatment of syphilis, gonorrhoea, menstrual problems, piles, jaundice, asthma and diarrhoea. Nilappana is used against the poison of viper and keeps the kidneys of the viper bites victims in working condition.

A few Home Remedies

  • Nilappana is used along with other Dashapushpams to prepare medicated porridge.

  • Take 3 g of root powder with milk for urinary problems and with jaggery for leucorrhoea.

  • 30 ml of the decoction of the leaves is good to increase the strength of the lungs in asthma and COPD patients.

Musli has known to have certain side effects. It tends to increase weight. The roots induce uterine contractions in pregnant women. A doctor’s opinion is always safe before starting to take Musli.

As the Dashapushpam season of the year has set in on the 17 th of July, it is really very important source out whichever herbs of the group are available and use them. Collecting all the ten may be difficult, even using any one of them is better and beneficial.

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