Jhau is an evergreen shrub, bestowed with powerful medicinal traits in its leaves, flowers, and roots. The richness of potent chemical constituents such as saponins, glycosides, flavonoids, tannins, phenols, alkaloids, and steroids in Jhau aids in conferring numerous health benefitting actions. Jhau is known by its botanical name Tamarix dioicia, and it is a small tree that grows in saline regions in western Asia.
This herbal plant is credited to possess liver-protecting traits owing to the presence of antioxidants that avert free radical damage to the liver cells. While the goodness of flavonoids in Jhau aid to lessen hepatic and spleen inflammation. It also offers respite from flatulence and improves the functioning of the digestive system due to its carminative nature. According to the holistic science of Ayurveda, this wonder herb aids in healing wounds due to its Ropan (healing) and Kashaya (astringent) actions. It helps in restoring inflamed tissue and nurtures the skin. Additionally, the strong antimicrobial and antifungal actions of Jhau avert the risk of skin infections.
Jhau is a twiggy small shrub or tree with reddish bark that grows to a height of 6 m. The leaves are greyish green in colour, with tiny scale-like, overlapping along the stem. Male and female flowers grow on separate plants and the inflorescences are racemes up to 8 cm long with pink or purple flowers. Jhau is an indigenous plant to Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Burma.
Common Names Of Jhau
Jhau is known by different names in different regions of the world such as Tamarixgallica, Indian Tamarisk, Jhao, Pichul, Pakke, SiruSavukku, Jhabuk, Aphalah, Bahugranthih, Jhavukah, Pichulah, Ciru-cavukku, Kotai-cavukku.
Uses Of Jhau
Jhau is highly potential herb in treating numerous health anomalies. Several studies reveal that this herbal plant acts as a catalyst in curing low risk or high-risk disease. Also, Jhau works as sure-shot natural remedial cure for several ailments like microbial infections, worm infections, liver disease, fever, and digestive issues.
Remedies Liver Problems
Jhau root extract is attributed to possessing hepatoprotective action that aids to regulate liver issues. Packed with antioxidants, and flavonoids that combat liver cell against free radical’s damage and improves liver function.
Treats Kidney Stones
Jhau is valued as an effective herbal remedy for improving kidney function and lessening the chance of stone formation. As per Ayurveda, Mutrashmari (renal stones) is a disease of Vata-Kapha origin which results in Sanga (obstruction) in the Mutravaha Srotas (urinary system). Taking this herbal extract aids to eliminate renal stones by increasing urinary output owing to its Mutral (diuretic)nature.
Thanks to the antipyretic trait of Jhau roots that help in treating fever. Consumption of Jhau root powder concoctions aids to bring body temperature and eases the symptoms.
The topical application of jahu leaves or flower paste on the affected region helps in healing the wound. Terpenoids present in Jhau aid in strengthening skin cells by restoring the damage. Furthermore, it also increases the blood flow to the affected region and speeds up the healing process.
Cures Bleeding Gums
The powerful astringent (khashaya) and absorbent (Grahi)nature of Jhau is beneficial in lowering swelling and inflammation caused due to bleeding gums.
Jhau's seeds, fresh leaves, powder, kwath or sharbat form are used in ayurvedic medicine for treating health anomalies. It is made as herbal tonics, extracts or applied topically to the affected region to treat several disorders.
The therapeutic dosage of Jhau varies from person to person depending upon their age, the severity of the health condition and the effects on doshas. It is always suggested to consult an ayurvedic practitioner, as he or she will recommend the right dose for a specific period.
Jhau is usually well tolerated and considered safe to be taken in recommended amount by most healthy adults as prescribed by the doctor.