The plant of horse gram is about 1 to 2 feet high, which spreads on the earth like creeper. Its plants appear like plant of kidney gram. It is pungent and spicy in taste. It checks bile and blood disorders. It brings phlegm out and eliminates gas trouble. It is useful for the treatment of burning sensation, asthma, cough, hiccup, sperm disability and eye diseases. It breaks stone and reduces excessive sweat. It also cures fever and catarrh. There are three kinds of horse gram as- red, white and black.
Colour: Horse gram is brown in color.
Taste: It is vapid in taste.
Structure: Pulse of horse gram is very famous.
Nature: It is hot in nature.
Precautions: Horse gram is spicy and increases bile. It is harmful for the pregnant women, haemoptysis patients and tuberculosis patients.
Quality: Horse gram is hot in nature and ends the disorders of vatta and kapha. It is used for the treatment of breathing problems, cough, stomach diseases, heart problems, headache, eyes diseases, piles, sperm disability and leprosy. It breaks stone and gets rid of vesica pain.
Useful in different diseases:
1. Vatta-fever: Boil 60 grams horse gram with one liter water until it remains some quantity of water then filter it and mix some rock salt and half spoon ground dry ginger in this decoction. After that, give this decoction to the patient to cure fever caused by gas.
2. White leucorrhoea: Boil 100 grams horse-gram with one liter water until it remains some water then filter it. White leucorrhea is cured by giving decoction to the suffered woman twice a day.
3. Diarrhoea: Mix 250 grams catechu with 10 ml juice of horse-gram leaves and give it to the patient 3-4 times a day because it helps to prevent diarrhoea.
4. Pain: Make a decoction by boiling horse-gram and mix asafetida, bid lavan and dry ginger powder in it. All the types of pain end by taking this mixture.
5. Stomachache: This disease is cured by eating cooked vegetable of horse-gram.
6. Piles: Dry piles are cured by eating pulse of horse gram.
7. Tumour: Make a decoction by boiling horse gram and black pepper with water thereafter give it to the patient, it cures tumours.
8. Excessive sweat: Make the powder by toasting horse gram rub it on the body, it reduces excessive sweat.
9. Obesity: Eating 100 grams pulse of horse gram regularly reduces obesity (fatness).
10. Asthma or breathing problems:
- Boil horse gram and give it to the patient regularly, it ends breathing problems.
- Eating cooked vegetable of horse gram twice a day cures asthma. This cooked vegetable should be eaten for 3 months regularly.
11. Gastric ulcer: Soak 50 grams pulse of horse gram in 250 ml water into a soil pot in the morning. This water should be drunk in the evening to cure gastric ulcer. This water should be taken for 1 to 2 months regularly.
12. Stomach gas:
- The patient should take decoction of horse gram to eliminate gas from the stomach.
- Grind 10 grams pulse of horse gram and caltrop 10 grams each together. Boil this mixture with 200 ml water until it remains ¼ then filter it and mix half gram bitumen in this decoction. This decoction should be taken thrice a day because it eliminates gas from the stomach.
13. Hiccup: Drinking water of horse gram’s pulse prevents hiccups.
14. Kidney disorders: Clean 250 grams horse-gram (stone should be separated from it) and soak in 3 liters water at overnight. In the next morning, boil this mixture on light fire until it remains one liter decoction then put it down. After that, season 5 grams pure ghee in this decoction thereafter mix rock salt, black pepper, cumin seed and turmeric in it. This medicine should be taken after meals in the case of kidney disorders.
- Boil 6 grams horse gram with 125 ml water for a long time until it remains one cup water then filter it and mix ¼ radish juice. Taking this decoction twice a day regularly is useful to break stone.
- Make a decoction by boiling equal quantity of horse gram, fruit of small caltrop, bark of varun tree, thatch grass (Kush, Kash), darbh, shar and eikshu with water. After that, give 14 to 28 milliliters this decoction to the patient with 25 grams sugar and 5 milligrams impure carbonate of potash (yavakhshar) twice a day. It brings out stones after breaking.
- Taking 40 to 80 grams powder of horse-gram seeds twice a day regularly breaks all the types of stone.
- Pulse of horse gram should be taken in the case of stones because brings out vesica stones after breaking.
16. Urinary problems: Soak 250 grams horse-gram in 3 liters water at overnight. In the next morning, boil this mixture and filter it. Fry this decoction with salt, black pepper, cumin seed, turmeric and pure ghee thereafter give it to the patient, twice a day regularly; it ends anuria-dysuria and retention of urine.
17. Dropsy: This disease is cured by eating pulse of horse gram or drinking its soaked water.
18. Stomachache: Mix dry ginger, pepper powder and black pepper with decoction of horse gram. Giving this decoction to the patient provides relief in stomach pain that is caused by phlegm.
19. Heart problems: Soak horse gram in water and filter it. After that, give this filtered water to the patient twice a day to make blood pressure normal.