Agastya, Agati or Sesbania is tree native to India. It is found throughout India, Malaysia, Indonesia and Philippines. It has tamarind tree like leaves and big flowers. Its leaves contain Dietary fiber, iron, calcium, carbohydrate, protein, fiber, fat, vitamin B1, vitamin A and vitamin C and essential amino acids etc.
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Agastya is considered very sacred in Ayurveda. Its various parts are used to treat different ailments. Its leaves can be used to treat fever of all types. It is without any side effect. Its leaves can be used even to treat a new born. The leaves of this tree are tridoshnask.
Its flowers are of white, red, or yellow colour. For medicinal purpose white flower tree is used. Agastya leaves and flowers are edible. Its flower can be used to prepare pakodas and Gulkand. Its leaves can be used to prepare vegetables. Its leaves are very rich in vitamin A.
Latin: Sesbania grandiflora (syn. Aeschynomene grandiflora, Agati grandiflora)
Sanskrit: Augastya, Munidrum
Hindi: Agustiya, August, agati
English: Sesbane, Hummingbird Tree, Agathi
Marathi: Augse gida, Hadga
Myanmar: Pauk-pan-phyu, Pauk-pan-ni
Other common names: Australian Corkwood Tree, Flamingo Bill, Sesban, Swamp Pea, Tiger Tongue, West Indian Pea, White Dragon Tree
Here are few remedies that can be done at home using Augastya to cure various ailments.
Abdominal gas, indigestion, stomach disorders in new-born and children Take white Agastya flowers and extract its juice. Give 1-2 teaspoons to baby to cure abdominal gas and irritability. It also causes bowel motion in baby.
Physical weakness, sexual debility, digestive problems Prepare Gulkand of its flower and take regularly to cure weakness of any type.
Or dry its flower and grind to make powder. Take 1 spoon powder with equal amount misri and milk.
Leucorrhoea (Shwet pradar or white discharge), Raktapradar This is herbal remedy to cure leucorrhoea. Take Agastya dried flower powder with milk regularly.
Infection in uterus, itching burning sensation in vagina Take Agastya leaves and extract its juice. Soak cotton in this juice and put inside vagina. This cures vaginal infection.
Or boil Agastya leaves with Neem leaves and add alum. Use this water to wash vagina.
Improving eyesight, eye related problem Extract Agastya leaves juice and put few drops in eyes to cure eye related problems.
Migraine, sinusitis, catarrh, cough Extract Agastya leaves or flower juice and put few drops in nose to cure migraine.
- Boil leaves and flowers of Agastya in water. Cook for few minutes, filter and dink.
- Extract Agastya leaves juice and take 3-4 spoonful empty stomach in morning and evening. Do not eat for an hour after taking the extract.
Fever of all type, visham jwar (intermittent fever), food poisoning Prepare decoction of Agastya leaf with few leaves of tulsi and black pepper by boiling in 400 ml water till volume reduces to one fourth. Take twice a day.