About the herb, medicinal uses and precautions
Common and Botanical Names
The herb Vilvam is known as Indian Bael and has Aegle marmelos as its Botanical name. It belongs to the family Rutaceae. The English names include Bilvadi curna, Bilva, Anu, Bilvapancaka kvatha, Bilvamuladi gutika, etc. The herb is commonly called as Bael, Bengal quince, Golden apple, Bilpatra, Elephant Apple, Maredoo, Stone apple, Quince-apple, etc. Other names include Vilvam in Tamil and Koovalam, Sriphal, Bel, etc in other languages.
It is a native of India and is found widely in Asia, in countries like Burma, Thailand, Sri Lanka, etc. It is called as Sivadruma by the Hindus and is considered as a sacred herb. It is widely found in Indian Siva temples since the herb is considered sacred to Lord Siva, the lord of health. The leaves of the plant are being offered to Gods as part of prayers. The fruits can be eaten either freshly from trees or after drying them.
All parts of the herb (leaves, fruits, roots) are used for medicinal purposes. The herb is widely helpful to kapha and vata dosas. It is not suited to pita dosa.
Primary Medicinal Uses
Stomach Related Problems
The fruit is excellent in treating various digestion problems. The fruit is also rich in Vitamin C. Half ripe fruits are taken, the pulp is removed, dried and powdered. It is better to consume 3 to 10 grams 2 to three times per day. The fruit is very effective in curing diseases like constipation, dysentery, diarrhea, worms, peptic ulcer, etc. Many of the companies sell Vilvam drinks as medicines for digestion.
Vilvam is a powerful laxative. It has the power to clean your intestines by flushing out the excreta. It tones up the intestines. It is good to consume diluted tonic of the Vilvam fruit before going to sleep. Vilvam is already sweet in taste and hence there is no necessity to add sugar.
Diarrhoea and Dysentery
The specialty of Vilvam is such that it can be used to cure both constipation and loose motion. It is better to consume concentrated vilvam syrup, about half a tumbler. This will cure your diarrhea.
Those having peptic ulcer can extract the juice from the leaves of the Vilvam tree and consume it. It is better to consume it in the morning. When taken regularly for a few weeks, the ulcers get cured.
Other Medicinal Uses
Fresh juice can be extracted from the leaves and can be applied to the eyes.
Those suffering from fever can consume the decoction of the roots as supplement.
Those having vomiting sensation can consume the skin of the fruit along with honey.
The herb has been effective in treating Malaria
The juice can be given to children very often. They help to keep the mind calm and improve concentration.
The herb is also useful in treating Asthma, diabetes, Anaemia, typhoid, jaundice, etc
The Vilvam fruit has been used in making various refreshing drinks. It is called as Sharbhat, Bela pana, in various languages.
The fruit should not be taken continuously for longer periods. This would cause flatulence and a permanent strain in the intestines.