DRUM STICK (SAHJANA*)
HORSE RADISH TREE
Mostly, the trees of drum stick are found in the forest’s humid regions of Himalayan. Its trees are small and medium. The bark and wood of its trees are soft. Its branch is very soft. If someone plucks its branch, it breaks easily. Its leaves are in 6-9 clusters. Its pods are 6 to 18 inches long, dusky and have 6 sides. There are three kinds of drum stick tree according to its flowers – red, black and white. Cooked vegetable of its red kind is sweet. The cooked vegetable of white kind is bitter whereas the sabji of red color flower tree is sweet.
Nature: Drum stick is hot.
Name in different languages:
English - Horse-radish tree, Drum stick
Hindi - Sahjana, Sanjana
Sanskrit - Shobhanjana
Rajasthan - Senana, Sahjana
Punjabi - Shubhanjana
Bengali - Sajina
Telugu - Shergi
Marathi - Shergi
Drum stick is used for making pain killer medicines. Its flowers and pods are used for making cooked vegetable. Its leaves contain vitamin-A and C, carotene and ascorbic acid. Its 100 grams leaves have about 7 grams carotene that converts into vitamin-A in our body which is very useful for the eyes. Cooked vegetable of soft and green leaves of drum stick tree can be eaten. Its leaves also can be cooked with other vegetables. Mostly, people do not eat its cooked vegetable but it has many properties, so it should be eaten.
Drum stick is spicy, hot natured, light and sweet. It ends burning sensation, boils, pimples, scrofula, colic pain and spleen problems. It increases appetite and sperm count. It brings the phlegm out and checks vatta disorders. It causes excessive loose motions. Drum stick seeds are useful in eye troubles and headache.
The branch of drum stick has a special quality, if someone sows its branch in soil, a tree grows there.
Useful in different diseases:
1. Over eating:
- Take 10 ml juice of drum stick’s leaves mixing with honey twice a day to get rid of this disease.
- Take the juice of drum stick leaves mixing with honey twice a day. Its use cures the diseases caused by disturbed spleen as overeating, etc.
2. Constipation: Constipation breaks by eating saag prepared with soft leaves of drum stick and the victim evacuates easily.
3. Stomatitis (Mouth blisters): Gargling with the decoction of drum stick’s bark removes all blisters of the mouth and also gets rid of pain.
4. Impotency: Boil the flowers of drum stick in milk and mix sugar-candy into this. A person gets rid of impotency by drinking this preparation daily at night.
5. Toothache and tooth germs: Gargling with the decoction of drum stick’s bark 2-3 times a day destroys tooth germs and gets rid of acute toothache.
6. Granular trachoma: Mix 25 ml juice of drum stick and equal amount of pure honey together and keep into a bottle. Apply this mixture in the eyes with the help of a surgical probe to cure several diseases of the eyes.
7. Abortion: Make a decoction by boiling the bark of drum stick and old jiggery (gur) in water. Drinking this decoction causes abortion and makes the uterus clear.
- Mix mustard oil and juice of drum stick’s root together. Heat this mixture slightly. Dripping lukewarm this mixture into the ears gets rid of earache.
- Pour the juice of fresh leaves of drum stick’s tree into the ears. Earache disappears by its use.
9. Otorrhoea: Grind the gum of drum stick tree and pour its a little quantity into the ears. Its use provides good relief in otorrhoea.
10. Neural weakness: Take the bark of drum stick root with orange peels and 10-15 drops of nutmeg juice twice a day. Its use ends the weakness of ligament.
11. Paralysis: Take the bark of drum stick root with orange peels and about 10-15 drops of nutmeg juice regularly to get relief in paralysis.
- Grind a few leaves of drum stick tree and apply it on the wounds to heal them up.
- Grind the bark of drum stick tree and apply it on the wound. Grind 5 to 10 grams bark of drum stick tree and take it twice a day to heal the wound up soon.
13. Fistula: Make a decoction by boiling drum stick and mix rock salt and asafetida in it. Drinking this decoction provides relief in fistula. The use of the decoction of its bark is also beneficial.
14. Kidney stone:
- Drink lukewarm decoction of drum stick’s root to get rid of stone.
- Eat cooked vegetable of drum stick to break the stones of kidney and vesica. Stones come out with urine by its use.
- Make a decoction by boiling drum stick and varun bark together and mix about ½ gram impure carbonate of potash (Yavakshar) in it. Drink this decoction twice a day to break the stones and throw them out.
15. Hurt and sprain: Grind the bark of drum stick tree and apply it on the affected part. Its use gets rid of pain caused by hurt and sprain.
16. Liver enlargement: Take 4 to 8 ml decoction of the bark of new drum stick tree’s root mixing with asafetida and rock salt twice a day. Its use stops the enlargement of liver.
- Taking 4 to 8 ml decoction of the bark of new drum stick tree’s root mixing with asafetida and rock salt provides relief.
- Grind the bark of drum stick tree with cow urine and apply on the stomach. It use makes the stomach clean.
18. Obesity (Fatness): Take 3 spoons juice of drum stick leaves regularly to reduce obesity.
19. Gall stone: Take the decoction of the bark of drum stick root mixing with rock salt and asafetida twice a day. The use of this medicine provides relief.
20. Excessive sleep and drowsiness: Make the fine powder by grinding the seeds of drum stick, rock salt, mustard and costus root 3 grams each together. Grind this powder with goat urine and smell to get relief in these problems.
21. Stomach worms: Eat cooked vegetable of drum stick fruits regularly. Its use increases appetite and destroys germs of the spleen.
22. Spleen enlargement: Grind the root of drum stick tree and mix black pepper, impure carbonate of potash (Javakhar) and honey in it. Taking this mixture is beneficial in spleen enlargement and liver and stomach pain.
23. Convulsion: Drip the powder of drum stick’s seeds into the nose. Unconscious person recovers his senses soon after its use.
- Take the bark of drum stick’s root mixing with 2 to 4 grams asafetida and rock salt. Its use provides relief in joints’ pain and increases appetite. Headache caused by weakness disappears also by its use.
- Grind fresh bark of drum stick tree and apply it on the affected part to get rid of joints’ pain.
- Rub the seeds of drum stick on the affected part. Its massage provides quick relief.
25. Boil inside of the body: Take 14 to 28 milliliters decoction of drum stick’s bark mixing with one gram rock salt and about 0.25 grams pure asafetida twice a day. Its use ends this type of boil.
26. Head abscess: Take the decoction of the bark of drum stick root mixing with rock salt and asafetida. Its use gets rid of pain and head abscess.
27. High blood pressure: Take 15 ml juice of drum stick twice a day. Its use provides relief in this disease.
28. Spasm of the hands and feet: Drink a decoction of drum stick’s root to get relief.
- Taking the decoction of drum stick root’s bark mixing with rock salt and asafetida provides relief.
- Take the bark of drum stick root mixing with 10 to 15 drops juice of oranges’ peel and nutmeg thrice a day. This medicine proves beneficial in hysteria.
30. Guineaworms: Grind the leaves and root of drum stick tree mixing with rock salt. Apply this mixture on guineaworms to get relief. The patient gets rid of this disease after its use.
- Grind drum stick and trikutu seeds with the juice of sesbania grandiflora’s root. Smelling this mixture breaks unconsciousness.
- Sprinkle the powder of drum stick’s seeds into the nose. Its use breaks unconsciousness.
32. Paralysis of the face: Mix the bark of drum stick root, 10 to 15 drops alcoholic tincture of nutmeg and orange peels with water. Drinking this mixture 2-3 times a day provides relief.
- Mix about 3.73 ml juice of drum stick, 930 ml neem juice, 3.73 ml cow urine and 930 ml oil together. Massage this mixture on the body and smell it to remain far from epilepsy fits.
- Mix the bark of drum stick tree and ground mustard in cow urine. Apply this mixture on the body to get rid of epilepsy.
- Take about 4-8 grams root of drum stick tree mixing with rock salt and asafetida. A person gets rid of epilepsy fits after its use.
34. Boils and pimples: Eat cooked vegetable of drum stick. Prepare a paste by grinding the bark of its tree with its leaves’ juice and apply it on the boils. The boil is suppressed by its use.
35. Body numbness: Make a paste by grinding equal quantity of drum stick bark, Indian beech, Indian berberry and purging cassia with cow urine. Application of this paste on the body gets rid of body numbness.
36. Stomach enlargement of children:
- Give one spoon juice of drum stick’s bark mixing with one spoon cow ghee to the child once a day. Its use normalizes to the enlarged stomach of the child within 3 days.
- Give one spoon juice of drum stick’s leaves to the child to get rid of this disease. The patient becomes healthy within three days after its use.
37. Anemia: The deficiency of iron in the body ends by taking cooked vegetable of drum stick’s leaves. Thus, a person does not become the victim of many diseases due to the lack of blood.
- Grind the leaves of drum stick tree with water and heat. Apply this mixture on the head to get rid of headache.
- Grind the seeds of drum stick with water and smell to vanish headache.
39. Body swelling: Grind the bark of drum stick tree, Indian beech, Indian berberry, madar and the root of purging cassia approx 5 grams each with cow urine. Application of this mixture all over the body reduces swelling.
40. Chronic arthritis: Eating cooked vegetable of drum stick is beneficial in chronic arthritis, stomach gas, joints’ pain and backache. Eating cooked vegetable of drum stick’s flowers enhances physical power.
41. Diseases caused by blood disorder: Soft leaves of drum stick trees are given in the disease caused by blood disorders. Its leaves’ juice is useful in loose motions and vomiting of the child. Its use also throws stomach worms out. The bark of drum stick’s stem is stimulant and is beneficial in blood diarrhoea. It is also used in cough, asthma and other diseases.
42. Back pain:
- Cooked vegetable of drum stick’s pods provides relief in backache.
- Mix the gum of drum stick, pipal fruit and winter cherry 1 gram each and 3 grams dry ginger together. Boil this mixture in milk. Drinking this preparation twice a day gets rid of backache caused by chilled air.
43. Paraplegia: Massage with the oil of drum stick’s seeds on the affected part to get rid of chronic paraplegia. Its use provides relief in joints’ pain and vatta disorders.