8.3 Famous Ayurvedic
8.3.8 KUMARI, Aloe (Aloes barbadensis, Mill.
Or Aloe vera, Linn.)
Taste: Bitter, astringent, pungent
General Action: Tonic purgative, aphrodisiac, rejuvenating
Specific Action: Rejuvenating
Therapeutic Action: The fresh gel is balancing for all three humors; dry powder will aggravate vata and tends to Constipate
Kumari means young girl, implying the great rejuvenating properties of this plant. Kuamri is good for numerous things, but excel in treating problems of pitta-related liver troubles, or as a female tonic. As a general female tonic it is best combined with shatavari for a more balanced effect. However, kumari is not recommended during pregnancy.
Traditionally Ayurveda has used kumari for treatment of intestinal worms, liver ans spleen imbalances, as a laxative, and as a tonic for the uterus. It is useful for any kind of pitta conditions, ulcers and inflammation, both internally and externally. It is considered an aphrodisiac and good for venereal diseases. Some modern studies have shown it effective in treating dyspepsia, flatulence, intestinal colic, general debility, cough, asthama, ans as promoting hair growth. Kumari is well known in the United States and its uses are numerous; however, it excels in treatments of the female reproductive system and conditions of th liver and spleen.
Dose: 2 tablespoons of gel twice per day or ½ cup in the morning