The beautiful underwater corals are not just for mesmerizing experience or adorning the interiors of your house, but they have oodles of purported benefits towards health and wellness.
Corals are actually calcareous skeleton of the minute marine invertebrates called Anthezoa polypus, and belonging to the phylum coelenterate that typically live in compact colonies of many identical individual polyps. The skeleton is in the form of minute irregular deposits, called spicules which mainly contains calcium carbonate and exhibit therapeutic properties for treating a range of health anomalies.
This Coral Calcium is denoted as Praval in Hindi and in the Ayurvedic medicine world. However, owing to the side effects it might cause, the Praval is not directly used in medicine formulation, rather purified, turned into a fine powder or pishti and then employed.
So, What Is Praval Pishti?
Praval Pishti is an incredible ayurvedic formulation that has an array of bioactive constituents conferring numerous benefits. Imbued with anti-inflammatory, digestive, antimicrobial, anti-arthritic, antacid properties, several ayurvedic scriptures have mentioned the use of this mineral formulation for a host of conditions including calcium deficiency, gastritis, acidity, ulcer, ulcerative colitis, cough, cold, bleeding disorders, general debility, headache, burning sensation, hepatitis or jaundice, sour vomiting, urinary infections and conjunctivitis.
How To Make Praval Pishti?
10 parts of purified praval or coral
Gulab jal or rosewater as required
Purify the praval using buttermilk for 3 days.
Dry it completely.
Grind the praval into a super fine powder using a mortar pestle.
Pour the powder in a mixing bowl and triturate it with rose water.
Keep grinding the mixture to 3-4 days till it becomes fine like collyrium.
Store it in glass bottles for future use.
Chemical composition Of Praval Pishti:
Praval Pishti consists of Calcium carbonate, magnesium and a few trace minerals.
Benefits Of Praval Pishti
Relieves Digestive Anomalies
Praval pishti is a traditional remedy for treating a wide range of gastrointestinal disorders as well, like indigestion, heartburn, flatulence, peptic ulcer, gastroesophageal reflux disease, constipation, flatulence and stomach pain. Thanks to the powerful digestive and antacid nature of the powdered formulation, it extensively helps in breaking down the food particles in the stomach and intestine, enhances the secretion of the digestive juices and thereby increases the absorption of essential nutrients through the intestines. It also helps to eliminate abdominal gas and in turn reduces abdominal distension, bloating and gaseous cramps. The incredible anti-bilious property is even beneficial in the treatment of jaundice.
Owing to the potent anti-pyretic and temperature reducing effects, this mineral formulation is used effectively in treating different types of fever. Unlike other allopathy medicines, not only does praval pishti reduce fever but treat the underlying symptoms as well including heat or burning sensation, loss of strength, general debility, excessive perspiration, insomnia, excessive thirst, vertigo, and restlessness as well.
Treats Wounds And Ulcers
The anti-inflammatory and anti-ulcer properties of the bioactive components present in Praval Pishti holds high significance in treating different types of ulcers like ulcerative colitis, peptic ulcer, canker sores or mouth ulcers, etc. It also promotes tissue regeneration and hence expedites wound healing.
Thanks to the wealth of mineral deposits, praval pishti offers several folk remedies for improving the immune system, fighting microbes and shielding the body against various infections. It also portrays the presence of strong anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and antifungal properties, which is extremely effective in preventing infections like fever, common cold, sore throat, and other respiratory anomalies.
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Enhances Bone Health
Imbued with pure calcium, praval pishti is the ultimate remedy for treating osteoporosis and other bone disorders. Calcium, being the building block of bones is absorbed by the body which is extremely beneficial in the natural growth and remodeling of bones. Regular intake reduces the risk of fracture, strengthen the bones, maintain overall body balance and provides the body with a strong and perfect skeletal structure. Apart from the bones, it is also pivotal for the dental health. It prevents tooth decay and loss, strengthens the gums and reduces risk of any oral infections.
Effect On Doshas:
Praval pishti, a magical powdered formulation of coral is hallowed with Madhura (i.e. sweet), Amla (I.e. sour) and Kashaya Rasa (I.e. astringent taste) and shows Laghu (i.e. light) and Snigdha Guna (I.e. unctuous quality). It inherently portrays Shita Virya (i.e. cold potency) and Madhura Vipaka (i.e. sweet metabolic taste). It pacifies all the three doshas, mainly Kapha (earth and water), Pitta (fire and air) and the Vata (air) doshas. It also has a positive effect on the various Dhatus (i.e. body tissues) which are Rasa (i.e. Plasma), Rakta (i.e. Blood), Mamsa (i.e. Muscles), Asthi (i.e. Bones) and Shukra (i.e. Reproductive Fluids).
The effective therapeutic dosage of Praval Pishti may vary from person to person depending upon the age, body strength, effects on appetite, severity, and condition of the patient. It is firmly recommended to consult an ayurvedic doctor or practitioner as he or she would evaluate the patient’s indications, past medical conditions and prescribe an effective dose for a specific period.
Adults: 125 to 1000 mg, along with adjuvants like ghee, butter or honey, twice a day, before or after meals or as suggested by the health care provider. But ensure that the maximum dosage doesn’t exceed 2500 mg per day.
Praval Pishti is extremely beneficial in proper therapeutic dosage and does not have any reported side effects. But if the formulation is taken in excess quantity, it can cause abdominal distension, flatulence, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, incomplete bowel movement and kidney stones.