For years, people in various parts of the world have been using a simpleton green known as Balloon vine in English and Mudakathan in Tamil for its various uses. This plant can be found in the road sides of villages and cities alike. It grows wildly even in small spaces and is hence easy to find. This green or herb has multiple uses. The leaves and stem can cure joint pain, rheumatism, arthritis, gout, diarrhea, skin conditions such as eczema when applied externally and many more ailments. For kids, this green can improve vision, cure body pain due to excessive activity and constipation.
Let us now come to the part where Balloon vine is used for join pain and arthritis treatment.
For those who require proof through research, it can be pointed out that a study conducted in Australia showed that Mudakathan Keerai showed the ability to dissolve the uric acid build up in the joints. The properties present in Balloon vine flushes out the uric acid through urine naturally. This uric acid build up is the leading cause of arthritis and for this reason Balloon vine is an excellent remedy for joint pain. The roots of the plant has also found its use in natural medicine by curing problems like constipation, piles or hemorrhoids and so on.
The leaves of Mudakathan have a mild bitter taste and hence directly chewing them could be difficult. There are various ways to consume Balloon wine leaves and their stem. One popular way is to add the cleaned leaves to dosa batter and make Mudakathan dosas. Another way is to make a herbal tea or a concoction and drink that regularly (everyday).
Cumin seeds – Names in other languages
- Scientific name – Cuminum cyminum
- English – Cumin seeds
- Hindi – Jeera
- Sanskrit – Jiraka
- Malayalam – Jeerakam
- Bengali – Jeera
- Tamil – Jeeragam
- Kannada – Jeerige
- Telugu – Jeelakari
Cloves – Names in other languages
- Scientific name – Syzygium aromaticum
- English – Clove
- Hindi – Laung
- Sanskrit – Lavangaha
- Malayalam – Grambu
- Bengali – Labango
- Tamil – Krambu
- Kannada – Lavangapattai
- Telugu – Lavangam
Here is a simple recipe with fresh Mudakathan leaves that you can make at home to find a cure for arthritis.