In India, spogel seed is professionally cultivated in Mehsana and Bnaskatha districts of north Gujarat. It is also cultivated in Utter Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana states. Its plants are stem less, seasonal and bushy. Its plants are about 10 to 30 centimeters high. Its leaves are 9 to 27 centimeters long. Its flowers are like wheat’s spike, on which they come out from sprouted buds (manjri) that is the shape of small, round, long and egg. Its flower has seeds like the shape of boat. About 26-27 percent husk is gotten from its seeds, which is without taste and fragrant. Its husk and seeds are used as medicines.
Name in different languages:
English : Spogel seeds
Hindi : Esabgol
Sanskrit : Eshadhgol mere
Marathi : Esabgol
Gujarati : Uthamujiru
Bengali : Esapubagal
Latin : Plantago Ovata
Colour: Spogel seeds are red with whiteness.
Taste: It is pungent and bitter.
Nature: It is cool.
Precautions: Taking over quantity of spogel seeds causes lack of appetite.
Cautions: Taking over quantity of spogel seeds causes constipation and increases possibility of indigestion. Beverages should be drunk in abundant quantity while taking it. It should be given carefully to the pregnant women. Mix spogel seeds or its husk in 1 cup of water and shake it well then drink. Soak spogel seeds and husk in 1 cup of water for about 2 hours, when it changes into paste properly then mix sugar or sugar-candy in it. Taking this mixture provides relief.
Removing side-effects: Honey retains its qualities and removes all the side-effects of spogel seeds.
Comparison: It can be compared with quince seed.
Dosage: 6 to 9 grams spogel seeds should be taken twice a day. Its quantity should be taken maximum 20 grams.
Spogel seed reduces body warmth and quenches thirst. It cures fever due to heat and checks blood disorders. It removes irritation (rattle) of the throat, heart and tongue. It is also useful to cure intestines wound, amoebic dysentery and gripping. Toast spogel seeds and take, it stops the stool. Gargling with paste of spogel seeds cures mouth blisters. Grind spogel seeds and apply it on the affected part; it ends swelling caused by syphilis. Spogel seed becomes poisonous by grinding. It is very nutritive and enhances blood. It also eliminates bile disorder.
Useful in different diseases:
1. Bascillary dysentery and bloody diarrhoea: Taking husk of spogel seeds with curd is useful to get benefit in the condition.
2. Bacillary dysentery: Mix 50 grams aniseed and 50 grams sugar-candy with 100 grams husk of spogel seeds. Taking 2 spoons of this mixture thrice a day is useful to get relief in the condition.
3. Swallowing lead: Take 2 spoons husk of spogel seeds with milk thrice a day; it provides relief.
4. Joints pain: Tying a packet of spogel seeds on the affected parts provides relief from pain.
5. Pyorrhoea: Mix spogel seeds with vinegar and rub it on the tooth, it provides relief.
6. Night-fall: Mix spogel seed and sugar-candy together. Take 1 spoon of this mixture with 1 cup of milk and urinate before one hour of sleeping time at night, it prevents night-fall.
7. Amoebic dysentery: Soak one teaspoon spogel seeds into lukewarm milk and take it at night. In the next morning, Soak one teaspoon spogel seeds into curd and mix dry ginger and cumin seed in it and take. This remedy should be taken regularly for 4 days, it prevents amoebic dysentery.
8. Chronic constipation, Amoebic dysentery and Intestines swelling: Make the powder by grinding 100 gram of an equal quantity of pulp of beel fruit, aniseed, husk of spogel seeds and small cardamom together. Mix 300 grams pure loaf-sugar or ground sugar (bura) in this powder and store it in a lead’s bottle. Take 2 teaspoons of this powder with fresh water before breakfast and 2 teaspoons with lukewarm water or lukewarm milk after dinner regularly for 7 days, it provides relief. This remedy should be taken regularly near about for 45 days then it should be abolished. It eliminates constipation, chronic amoebic dysentery and intestines swelling.
9. Amoebic dysentery: Grind 3 parts spogel seed and equal quantity of myrobalan and dry the pulp of beel fruit together. Taking 2 teaspoons of this mixture with milk twice a day is useful to get benefit in the condition.
10. Swallowing lead or stone piece:
- If lead or stone piece has reached in the stomach with food, take 2 teaspoons husk of spogel seeds with lukewarm milk thrice a day, it provides relief.
- Soak 2 to 3 teaspoons husk of spogel seeds into one glass of cold water. Mix ground sugar (bura) in above mixture and take, it provides relief.
11. Asthma or breathe problems:
- Taking 2 teaspoons husk of spogel seeds with lukewarm water twice a day for about 1 year or 6 months ends all the types of breath problems. If the patient takes this remedy regularly for 6 months to 2 years, it cures 20 to 22 years old asthma.
- Taking 1 teaspoon husk of spogel seeds with milk twice a day for some months is useful to get relief in the condition.
12. Early ejaculation: Mix spogel seeds, cus-cus and sugar-candy 5 grams each with water. Taking this mixture prevents early ejaculation.
13. Anuria and dysuria: Soak 3 teaspoons husk of spogel seeds in 1 glass of water and mix ground sugar (bura) according to taste in it. Taking this preparation is useful to cure anuria and dysuria.
14. Leucorrhoea: Boil spogel seeds with milk for a long time then mix sugar-candy in it. Taking this mixture is useful to get benefit in the condition.
15. Headache: Mix spogel seeds with almond oil and apply it on the forehead, it ends headache.
16. Ear pain: Mix onion juice in the paste of spogel seeds and heat it lightly. Dripping this mixture in the ears as drop is useful to get relief.
17. Mouth blister:
- Soak spogel seeds in water for 2 hours and filter this water with a cloth and gargle with this water; it cures mouth blister.
- Taking 3 grams husk of spogel seeds and sugar-candy with lukewarm water is beneficial to cure pimples and blisters of the mouth.
- Taking spogel seeds cures mouth blisters and eliminates constipation. Mix spogel seeds in lukewarm water and gargle with this water twice a day, it provides relief in mouth blisters.
18. Bleeding: Take juice of spogel leaves, it prevents bleeding quickly.
19. Stomach inflammation: Soak 200 grams spogel seeds in 100 ml water at night. In next morning, crush this mixture and filter it. Taking this preparation with sugar-candy reduces brain warmth and cures bleeding and stomach inflammation.
- Spogel seed is used as husk. It eliminates constipation. Spogel seed’s pulp (reshe) does not digest in the intestines and liquid substance puffs after drying then brings stool out quickly.
- Mix spogel seeds with water to prepare the paste. Mix almond oil in this paste and take, it eliminates constipation and gets rid of stomach pain.
- Grind 2 spoons spogel seeds, 2 spoons myrobalan and 3 spoons pulp of beel fruit together to prepare sauce. Taking 1 teaspoon this sauce with lukewarm milk twice a day eliminates constipation.
- Taking husk of spogel seeds with milk before sleep at night sets motions.
- Mix 6 grams spogel seeds with 250 ml lukewarm milk and drink it before sleeping at night. Sometimes, the stomach puffs because of taking husk of spogel seeds. This condition occurs because of bacteria, which affects on spogel seeds resulting gas occurs in the big intestines. So, it should be taken in minimum quantity. Taking spogel seeds increases the process of intestines because of which eliminates constipation and brings stool out properly. Water should be drunk 2-3 times after taking spogel seeds because of which spogel seeds puff in the stomach properly.
- Taking 2 teaspoons powder of triphla (small myrobalan, beleric myrobalan and Indian gooseberry) with lukewarm milk or lukewarm water before sleep at night eliminates constipation.
- In the summer, Soak 3 teaspoons husk of spogel seeds in sugar-candy mixed water for some days. After that, taking this mixture twice a day is useful to eliminate constipation.
21. Cholesterol: Taking spogel seeds regularly is beneficial to control cholesterol.
22. Obesity: Spogel seed is a good source of pulp (resha). So, it reduces obesity. When it reaches in the stomach, it soaks water and starts on puffing in the stomach because of which person does not feel appetite. According to a research, the women who took spogel seeds before 3 hours of taking food, their body received a little fat from the food. Spogel seed brings stool out from the intestines because of which ends possibility of infection.
23. Urine disease:
- If the patient has been suffering from anuria and dysuria, Soak 4 teaspoons husk in 1 glass of water for some time and mix sugar-candy according to taste in it. Giving this preparation to him is useful to cure anuria and dysuria.
- Taking 2 grams shital mirch with 500 milligrams nitre is useful to get relief in strangury.
24. Toothache: Apply spogel seed on cotton piece and put it under the teeth, it ends acute toothache quickly.
- Take 5 grams husk of spogel seeds and 5 grams sugar-candy in the morning afterwards drink the milk, it prevents early ejaculation.
- Mix 20 grams husk of spogel seeds, 20 grams powder of big caltrop and 5 grams powder of cardamom seeds together. Taking 2 spoons of this mixture with cow’s milk daily is useful to get relief in impotence.
26. Testicles inflammation: Extract thick juice from spogel seed and apply it on the testicles and then affix a paper on the testicles, it cures testicles inflammation.
27. Asthma or breath problems:
- Taking husk of spogel seeds twice a day for about 3-4 months cures all the types of asthma or breath problems.
- Collect complete and clean spogel seeds (do not take husk or juice). Taking 10 grams spogel seeds with water twice a day is useful to cure asthma within one month.
- The patient should not take rice, fried products, jaggery, oil, sour products and vadi products. This abstinence should be done minimum for 6 months after curing asthma.
28. Fever: Soak 1 to 2 teaspoons husk of spogel seeds in water for some hour. Taking this water twice a day provides relief. It’s over quantity should not be taken because it may be the cause of intestines movement.
29. Cough: Soak 1 to 2 spoons husk of spogel seed in water in the morning and take it at night. Soak husk of spogel seeds overnight then take it in the morning, it provides relief in dry cough.
30. Gastric ulcer: Taking 5 to 6 grams husk of spogel seeds with lukewarm milk is useful to get relief in gastric ulcer caused by intensive constipation.
31. Amoebic dysentery:
- Take 1 teaspoon spogel seeds with lukewarm milk before sleep at night; it provides relief in amoebic dysentery.
- Soak spogel seeds in the curd and mix salt, dry ginger and cumin seed in it. Taking this mixture regularly for about 4 days is useful to prevent amoebic dysentery.
- Make the fine powder by grinding 150 grams spogel seeds, 50 grams myrobalan and pulp of beel’s dry fruit together. Taking 2 spoons of this powder with lukewarm milk is beneficial to prevent amoebic dysentery.
32. Loose motions:
- Soak 1 to 2 teaspoons husk of spogel seeds in the water at night. In next morning, mix sugar-candy in it and prepare sweet syrup from above mixture. Taking this syrup twice a day makes intestines clean. The patient should not take without immersed spogel seeds because it contracts the intestines.
- Soak 4 grams spogel seeds in 20 ml water and mix a little quantity of sugar-candy in it. Giving this mixture to the women patient during taking meal is beneficial to prevent loose motions. Any solid products should not be given to the patient to eat for 2 days. If you want to give something, give whey 2-3 times a day or rice and curd in meal. Besides it, the pulse of kidney bean with peels can be also given to the patient.
- Taking 1 gram of toasted cumin seeds and half gram black salt with 100 grams whey after meals is useful to prevent loose motions.
- Grind toasted cumin seeds with curd and dry ginger. Taking this preparation makes digestion activity normal.
- Taking 2 spoons husk of spogel seeds with sweet curd twice a day is useful to get relief.
- Taking husk of spogel seeds with whey or curd checks loose motions.
33. Sprue: Mix 40 grams spogel seeds, half toasted dry ginger, 10 grams half raw dry ginger and 2 to 5 grams sugar-candy together. Taking this mixture with water regularly is useful to get relief in sprue.
- Taking husk of spogel seeds with lukewarm water or lukewarm milk before to sleep at night is useful to cure all the types of piles.
- Take husk of spogel seeds with lukewarm milk before sleep at night; it eliminates constipation and provides relief in piles.
- Soak spogel seeds in cold water for some time and then prepare syrup from it and filter. Taking this syrup provides relief from bloody piles.
35. Bloody diarrhoea: Taking husk of spogel seeds with 1 to 2 grams powder of poppy twice a day is beneficial to prevent blood diarrhoea.
36. Ears swelling: Soak 10 grams spogel seeds into the water for 15 minutes. Apply this preparation on the affected parts; it provides relief in ears swelling.
37. Blood amoebic dysentery:
- Taking 10 grams spogel seeds and 10 grams powder of sugar-candy with water 1-2 times a day is useful to prevent bloody amoebic dysentery.
- Take 6 grams spogel seeds and 20 grams castor oil with 100 ml cow milk; it provides relief in bloody amoebic dysentery.
- Soak 5 grams spogel seeds in the water at night. In the next morning, drink this water, it prevents blood amoebic dysentery.
- Taking spogel seeds with bark or sugar-candy with curd is useful to get relief.
- Grind 100 grams spogel seeds and 25 grams aniseed together. Take 2 teaspoons of this mixture after meals twice a day; it cures blood amoebic dysentery.
- Take 6 grams spogel seeds and 20 grams castor oil with 100 grams cow milk; it prevents dysentery.
- Taking 6 grams spogel seeds with whey or curd is useful to get relief in dysentery.
38. Leucorrhoea: Take spogel seed and white musle with syrup; it provides relief.
39. Swallowing lead (mirror): Take 10 grams husk of spogel seeds with lukewarm milk; it provides relief.
40. Urinary problem: Soak 2-3 teaspoons husk of spogel seeds in one glass water for some time then mix sugar in it. Take this mixture; it provides relief in urinary problems.
41. Navel disease: Grind spogel seeds with water properly to prepare a paste. Apply this paste on the child navel; it provides relief consequently, wound does not appear in the navel again.