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Sesame the magical seed from Ayurveda

Ashish Rastogi
Jan 9, 2017
The benefits of Sesame

Charaka the master sage, who knew the most about herbs, tells that Sesame oil is the best oil for body massage as it gives strength to the bones and imparts the oiliness the body requires.

Shushruta the pioneer of surgery also tells about the benefits Sesame can provide in many ways. He uses some terms which bring out the attributes of Sesame. The attributes are:

1. Dantya (Great for teeth) - Sesame can be used as oil, seed or paste for keeping the teeth strong. The paste is a great remedy for tooth ache (Gandusha treatment), chewing seeds keeps gums healthy and the oil can be used for oil pulling. Sesame in all its forms protects the teeth from Vata imbalance.

2.Pathya (Part of food) - Sesame oil is the most widely used oil for cooking in household across India. The oil is said to improve digestion, intelligence and also good for cleaning wounds. Wounds when cleaned with the oil heal faster. It can also be used for curing mouth ulcers.

3.Twacha, Balya and Keshya (Skin and Hair) - The oil improves skin quality and also is great for hair roots. The oil can be used to massage babies, as it helps to strengthen bones, joints and muscles. A person using Sesame oil regularly for head massage will not suffer from headaches, baldness, graying or hair fall. Massage on the body followed by a hot water bath calms down Vata. Massage with the oil as suggested in the program of Ayurveda retreats in Rishikesh India, and bathe with warm water after an hour.

Sesame oil has been mentioned has been named in Vedas as having anti pathogen quality, and can cure almost all skin ailments. The natural anti-inflammatory nature makes it a great medicine in case of sprains and thee benefits are just the tip of the iceberg. The oil has been known to be beneficial in diabetes as well and more research is being done on this wonde3r drug known to ancient Sages but forgotten later.
About the Author
Ashish Rastogi is involved in the practice of managing a center of Ayurveda in Rishikesh.He has been interested in putting his thoughts on paper and maintains personal diary. The articles that he posts a modular version of his thoughts on Ayurveda Marma Therapy Courses . Thoughts along with experience at Haritha Ayurveda and Panchakarma Center make his articles close to Practical life.
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