Grewia hirsuta is a plant which belongs to the family of
Tilaceae. It is also known as Nagabala, Guda sharkara and Gangeruki.
Veronicalolia is an English name of this plant. In Hindi, it is known as
Occurrence Of Grewia Hirsuta
This plant is found in East Asia such as India, Srilanka,
Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, etc. In India, it is usually found in Vindhya
regions like eastern U.P, Bihar and Rajasthan. It is generally found in mixed
deciduous and dry evergreen forests.
Description Of Grewia Hirsuta
Grewia hirsuta is a shrub with coarsely gray, brown colored
hairy branches. Stalks of the leaves of this plant are 3 mm long. The Leaves
are of lance shaped with 6-14 cm length and 2-3.5 cm width. These leaves are of
black-brown color when dried. The lateral basal veins of the leaves are as long
as the leaf blade and the lateral veins occur in 4 to 5 pairs. The Flowers of
this plant are white in color and are borne in cymes (3 to 4 flowers per cyme).
Stalk of this flowers are 3-5 mm in length. Bracts are also 3-5 mm in length
with lance shaped. Petals are narrowly ovate.
The flowering period of this shrub is June to July. White
colored flowers of this plant gradually turns into yellow color and then turns
into brown color when fully grown. The buds of these flowers are globose.
The fruits of this shrub are small in size and are of
yellow color. The fibrous roots are cylindrical in shape, with brown colored
Restores weight and strength of the body
The management of heart disease has use of Nagbala. The
powder of Nagbala root and Arjuna (bark of tree Terminalia arjuna) are mixed
and used with milk. The recipe is given to patient of a month. It eradicates
heat disease, cough and dyspnoea. It is also useful as excellent Rasayana if
taken for a year the man lives full life of hundred years as mentioned in
A tonic useful in general debility and muscle wasting.
Nervine and brain tonic.
Ayurvedic properties : Rasayana and Vajikaran. Vata and
pitta alleviator . Improves quality of all dhatus.
Powder is useful in weight gain when taken with ghee and
When taken with milk it strengthens heart and lungs hence
beneficial in cardiac diseases and respiratory diseases involving wasting and
Powder 1 to 3 g with milk or ghee and honey or garlic.
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