Mudakathan keerai (Known as Balloon vine in English) is type of green variety that grows largely in tropical regions. This green is considered a miracle green due to the many benefits it has to offer. The vine of the plant is hairy and grows easily in different parts of the world. The name of the herb, ‘Mudakkathaan” in the language of Tamil is the colloquial term for “Mudakku valiyai aattran” which means That which cures joint pain. For this reason, Balloon vine is very popular for treating Arthritis. The leaves of balloon vine have a whole lot of benefits which we would be discussing in other recipes.
Since this particular remedy uses the root of Balloon vine, let us see what the root has to offer.
The root of the Mudakathan contains diuretic (increases passing of urine), diaphoretic (increases sweating) and laxative (increases bowel movement) properties. In addition, the roots can also be used to treat amenorrhoea and certain other menstruation related issues in women. In Siddha and Ayurveda, Mudakathan root is also used for treating and curing various skin ailments and disorders. The root has been used to cure conditions such as rheumatism, joint pain and gout – although, the leaves and stem of the plant can be used to cure such conditions by incorporating it into our daily diet.
Since the root of Balloon vine has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, it can prove to be an effective remedy for hemorrhoids or piles. It cures any pain due to the condition and since it acts as a laxative, the root cures constipation which most often is an underlying cause for piles.
The root of Balloon vine is quite thick and hence you have to chop it well to make a tea or a decoction. The recipe here is simple and can be made at home to cure piles.