Putrajeevak (Putranjiva roxburghii) is a medicinal tree which is found throughout India. Its various parts are used to treat various clinical disorders. Its seeds (also known as nuts/stones) are used to treat infertility.
Putranjiva Roxburghii nuts are known as Putra-jiva or Putram-jiva in Sanskrit meaning one which makes the child live. It is not only taken internally for promoting healthy progeny but the hard-wrinkled nuts are made into necklace and worn by children to keep good health. The seeds are mentioned in the Nighantus as being Garbha-kara (productive of impregnation). The stones of the fruit are also prescribed for spermatorrhoea (excessive, involuntary ejaculation), oligospermia (deficiency of sperm cells in the semen) and abnormal vaginal discharges.
There is a misconception that Putrajivak helps in conceiving male child. BUT THIS IS NOT TRUE. It is only a myth. Putrajiva helps in treatment of male and female infertility, strengthens the reproductive organs and promotes the chances of having a healthy baby.
The stones give good results in cases of leucorrhoea, menorrhagia and habitual abortion. A general physician of Gujarat claimed that he tried the herb on 25 women. 20 women conceived after 23 months. One woman, who was suffering from habitual abortion or stillborn baby, was also treated successfully.
Yog guru Swami Ramdev advises women to take Putrajevak beej and Shivlingi beej to cure infertility. Here is given more about this medicine, such as benefits, indication/therapeutic uses, composition and dosage.
- Manufacturer: Patanjali Divya Putrajeevak Beej
- Synonyms: Putrajeevak Seeds
- Availability: Online and at medical stores
- Type of medicine: Classical Medicine
- Main Indication: infertility
- MRP/Price: Patanjali Putrajeevak Seeds 250 grams @ INR 75
Ingredients of Putrajeevak Beej
The packet of Patanjali Divya Putrajeevak Beej, contains the seeds of Putrajivak tree (Putranjiva Roxburghii Synonym Drypetes Roxburghii). This tree is found growing naturally in moist evergreen forests of Indian subcontinent.
Leaves: Leaves are simple, alternately arranged, dark green, shiny, ellipticoblong, distantly serrated.
Flower: Male flowers, with short stalks, in rounded axillary clusters, female flowers 1-3 in leaf axil.
Fruit: Fruits ellipsoid or rounded drupes, white velvety; seed normally one, stone pointed, rugose, very hard.
Constituents of Seeds
Putranjiva roxburghii wall. contains bio constituents viz. β-amyrin, stigmasterol, putrol, putrone, putranjivic acid, putraflavone, amentoflavone, saponins- A, B, C, D. Β-amyrin has anti-inflammatory, antifungal activity. It has protective effect against acetaminophen-induced liver injury of mice. Stigmasterol has potential anti-osteoarthritic, anti-hypercholesterolemia activity and anti-mutagenic activity.
Properties of seeds
Leaves of tree are bitter, astringent, refrigerant and procreant. The leaves are useful in the treatment of cold, catarrh, fever, skin disease, fever, rheumatism, and sterility.
Seeds are sweet, acrid, procreant (producing offspring), refringent, conceptive (promotes conception), laxative, anti-inflammatory and diuretic and useful in diseases due to vitiation of Vata and Pitta, syphilis, cold, fever, burning sensation, hyperdipsia (Intense thirst), constipation, inflammations, strangury ( blockage or irritation at the base of the bladder, resulting in severe pain and a strong desire to urinate), azoospermia (no sperm count meaning virtually no sperm in a man’s ejaculate), sterility, swelling, rheumatism, and habitual abortion.
The chains or rosaries made from the nuts are often used by people to ward off evil and protect against the evil eye.
- Latin: Putranjiva roxburghii Wall. Synonym Drypetes roxburghii (Wall.) Hurasawa Family Euphorbiacea-e
- Sanskrit: Aksaphala, Kumarabeeja, Putrajivah, Putranjivah, Ardhasadhaka, Apatyajiva, Garbhada, Garbhakara, Jivanaputra, Kumarajiva, Mavu, Pavitra, Putrajiva, Putranjiva, Shlipadapaha, Sid hi da, Sutajivaka, Sutrajiva, Yashtipushpa
- Hindi: Putranjiva, Jioysuta, Jivapota
- English: The Lucky Bean Tree
- Kannada: Putranjeeva, Putranjeevi
- Malayalam: Ekkoli, Poothilanji, Ponkulam, Puthrajeevi
- Marathi: Patravanti, Jivputrak, Jivanputra
- Tamil: Kurupale
- Telugu: Rabrajuvi
Ayurvedic Properties and Action
Putrajivak Bija are considered sweet and pungent in taste (Rasa), sweet after digestion (Vipaka), and is cool in effect (Virya).
It is a Sheet Virya herb. Sheet Virya or Cool potency herb, subdues Pitta (Bile) and Vata (Wind). Sheet Virya herb gives nourishment to body and steadiness. It supports building of body fluids.
- Rasa (taste on tongue): Madhura (Sweet), Katu (Pungent)
- Guna (Pharmacological Action): Guru (Heavy), Picchila (Slimy)
- Virya (Action): Shita (Cooling)
- Vipaka (transformed state after digestion): Madhura (Sweet)
It is Madhur Vipak (digests into sweet) and has building, moistening and nourishing effect on body. It is heavy to digest and reduces metabolism. Such herbs are cooling and reduce swelling, decreases Pitta and have Anabolic effect on body.
For menstrual disorders, seed pulp and cumin seeds are ground in fresh milk and taken in the morning from the 4th day of menses.
For improving chances of conception, the seed kernel extract in milk is given from first day of menses to the 4th day for periods.
Tribals use Putrajeevak in the treatment of various health problem such as treatment of fever, muscle sprain, hemorrhoids, arthralgia, and rheumatism.
Ayurvedic Action / Karma
- Deepana: Promote appetite but do not aid in digesting undigested food.
- Garbhasthapana: Improves fertility in women, conception and chances of healthy implantation of embryo.
- Grabhashaya srava–nashak: Prevents uterus discharge.
- Jwarahara: Decreases vega of jwara and reduces the burning sensation.
- Kaphahara: Pacifies Kapha Dosha.
- Shukravardhana: Promotes the formation and increases the quantity of semen.
- Vajikarak: Aphrodisiac are medicines which increase the sexual power.
- Antibacterial: Active against bacteria.
- Anticatarrhal: Remove excess mucous from the body.
- Antidiabetic: Stabilize and control blood glucose level.
- Anti-inflammatory: Reducing inflammation by acting on body mechanisms.
- Antimicrobial: Active against microbes.
- Antinociceptive: Reducing sensitivity to painful stimuli.
- Antioxidant: Neutralize the oxidant effect of free radicals and other substances.
- Antipyretic/antifebrile/febrifuge: Effective against fever.
- Antirheumatic: Alleviating or preventing rheumatism.
- Aperient: Used to relieve constipation.
- Aphrodisiac: Stimulates sexual desire.
- Carminative: Preventing the formation or causing the expulsion of flatulence.
- Hypoglycemic: Lowering blood sugar level.
- Refrigerant: Cooling.
Benefits of Putrajeevak Beej
- It supports better functioning of reproductive organs in both, males and females.
- It helps in female infertility.
- It gives strength to uterus.
- It prevents habitual or recurrent miscarriage (habitual abortion, or recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL) is three or more consecutive pregnancy losses).
- In Males, it promotes sperm productions and helps in low sperm count, abnormal sperms, involuntary loss of sperms etc.
- It improves sperm quality and quantity.
Important Therapeutic Uses of Putrajeevak Beej
- Aphrodisiac (improves sexual desire)
- Abnormal discharge from vagina
- Burning sensation
- Diseases of female genital organs
- Dysuria (painful or difficult urination)
- Female Infertility
- Male infertility related to sperms
- Recurrent miscarriages
- Improves chances of conception
- Semen disorders
- Excessive thirst
It has not been mentioned in any traditional medicinal text as providing any special powers for producing only male offspring. However, it has been traditionally used for increasing fertility and curing gynecological and several other illnesses.
Dosage of Putrajeevak Beej
- Grind Putrajeevak Beej to make fine powder and take this powder in dose of 3-6 grams.
- This powder should be taken an hour before meals twice a day with cow milk.
- Or take as directed by doctor.
Suggestions, Contraindications, Interactions, Side-effects and Warnings
- It is completely safe to take this medicine in recommended doses.
- It has no known side-effect.
- It should be taken an hour before breakfast and dinner.
- Putrjeevak beej + Shivlingi beej can be taken in dose of 1-1 gram or 1/4th spoon each, empty stomach with cow’s milk.
- Effectivity of herbal medicine depends on many factors. A medicine suitable for one person may not essentially give same result in another person.
- Exact dose depends on the age, strength, digestive power of the patient, the nature of the illness, the state of the viscera and humours, and the properties of individual drugs.
- Keep away from the sight and reach of children.