Cynodon Dactylon – Benefits and Uses of Durba
The world is filled with a huge number (about 2,50,000) of plant species. And among them almost 80,000 species are medicinal. The uses of these medicinal plants are based on folk beliefs continuing for ages. ‘Cynodon Dactylon’ is one of these kinds of medicinal spice. From early times, Dubori has been used as medicine for the treatment of many types of disease.
What is Cynodon Dactylon?
Cynodon Dactylon is a grass-like medicinal plant. The leaves of this plant has a distinct hair-like long straight spiky shape and is medium to dark green in color. The plant grows to the height of 2-15cm from the ground. The leaves those are closer to ground are usually aged, rough in texture and darker in color. Though the seeds of this plant are small, breeding process is easily done by the main stem. The roots of this plant hold the ground tightly and grow up to 2metre in dry season. Roots of this plant also grow from the joints of the stem and spreads on the ground in thick net shape. In high temperate regions it grows quickly and in winters the plant almost stops growing.
Cynodon Dactylon has a special significance in Indian culture. Cynodon Dactylon – the local grass of the American Continent is now found all over the world. In Ayurveda, Cynodon Dactylon is considered as one of the “Maha-oushadh” (Super medicine) for Bata (Joint problems), Pitta (Stomach problems) and Kapha (Problems related to Lungs). Cynodon Dactylon has been used as medicinal herb for a very long time. Because of its medicinal properties the herb is popularly known in the traditional ways of treatments.
The herb contains the nutritious elements mentioned below-
Because of the medicinal properties the herb carries, it is called super medicine in Ayurveda.
The other names of Cynodon Dactylon
- Sanskrit – Durba, Ananta, Bhagati, Sahastribirjya, Shataballi
- Hindi – Dub
- Bengali – Durba
- Marathi – Durba
- Gujrati – Dholandru
- Assamese – Dubori
Scientific Classification of Dubori –
- Kingdom: Planet
- Clade: Angiosperms
- Clade: Commelinids
- Order: Poales
- Family: Poaceae
- Genus: Cynodon
- Species: C. dactylon
- Scientific name: Cynodon dactylon
Benefits of Cynodon Dactylon
- Helps in Conceiving
Dubori may help in conceiving. If you are facing problems in conceiving, you can make fritters from the mixture paste of Dubori and Parboiled rice. Eat this fritter 3 to 4 times a week. It will help in this particular problem.
- Beneficial in Chronic Diarrhea and Chronic
In the treatment of Chronic Diarrhea and Chronic extract of Durba is used as traditional medicine. In this health disease it is beneficial to take Dubori extract/juice mixed with raw milk.
Uses- In case of the mentioned disease, Dubori juice (2 to 3 spoons) mixed with pomegranate leaf juice or pomegranate peel juice (4 to 5 spoons) can be consumed 3 to 4 times a day. Repeating the process for up to 10 to 15 days will make Adhesion better.
- Used in Hemorrhagic disease
According to Ayurveda, Durba is a super medicine in the treatment of hemoptysis. This disease can cause blood secretion from different parts of the body other than the mouth and nostrils. In this matter, consuming Dubori juice mixed with raw milk can give relief from the disease.
- Beneficial in preventing Hair fall
One who is suffering from excessive hair fall problem can use Durba and get benefitted from it.
Uses- Heat 1 litre of coconut oil in a pan on low flame, mix 200ml Dubori juice in it and heat the mixture again. Filter the liquid mix and store it in a glass bottle. Apply the mixture on your hair one hour before taking bath. Repeating the process 2 to 3 times a month may reduce hair fall.
- Beneficial in Pyorrhea
Durba is a popularly known traditional medicine for Pyorrhea. In order to treat this health problem, you can simply brush your teeth with the roots of Dubori plant. It will help relieving the condition.
- Beneficial in Anemia
The 65% of chlorophyll element present in Dubori helps the body against anemia by increasing the production of Red Blood Cell and Hemoglobin.
- Cynodon dactylon as Detoxing Agent
Durba also acts like a detoxing agent in the human body. The element chlorophyll in it helps in the detoxing process of liver, blood and other body cells.
- Beneficial in Diabetes
2 to 3 Neem leaves added with Dubori juice can reduce blood sugar level and can show beneficial effects on diabetic patients. In fact, only Dubori juice can also holds the capacity to do the same.
- Usefull for Kidney Stones
Durba juice acts as diuretics, i.e. the herb flushes out the stone in the kidney by increasing the amount of urine excretion from the body. Moreover, these herbs may help in curing Urinary Infections.
- Useful in Shortness of Breath
Dubori can relive colds, coughs, bronchitis and asthma by clearing the lungs.
- Useful in Blood clotting
Dubori is commonly used to stop bleeding from wounds. Dubori along with Yashtimadhu roots boiled with coconut oil for about 15 minutes and applying the mixture on wounds can help in healing.
- Controls Appetite
The juice of Dubori can control excessive hunger and normalize the appetite. It results in keeping away the problem of obesity.
- Beneficial for Heart
Dubori has vitamin A and C which acts like antioxidants and prevents the chances of Heart stroke and Cancer. Dubori contains Palmitic Acid like coconut oil which helps in Atherosclerosis.
Read Also: Benefits of Neem – Uses and Side Effects
Dubori has other health benefits too. They are-
- Dubori is rich in Flavonoid compound which prevents Ulcer.
- Dubori can help in controlling Diabetes by lowering blood sugar levels.
- Dubori can keep the heart healthy by reducing cholesterol levels in blood.
- Prevents cold – coughs.
How to use Cynodon Dactylon
Durba can be used in various ways. It can be used as juice to consume, paste or poultice to apply and as medicine for different health problems. Along with these, Durbahas other beneficial uses mentioned below-
- Crush some Dubori leaves and apply the juice extraction on the wounded part of the body. It immediately clots blood and helps in healing. The roots of Dubori is more effecting in this case.
- The herb also helps to prevent vomiting. Consume 2 to 3 spoons of Dubori juice mixed with 1 teaspoon sugar in every 1 hour. Stop drinking the mixture when the vomiting tendency goes away.
- In case of weakness due to Leukoplakia, you can take Dubori juice and raw turmeric mixed in the same quantity of each. Doing this may relieve the health problem.
- People suffer from difficulties while urinating (excluding stone) can take Dubori juice mixed with water and milk to get beneficial results.
*Do not eat or drink Dubori if you are having Hemorrhoid problem.
When to use Cynodon Dactylon
To get the beneficial effects of Dubori in the above mentioned diseases and health conditions, one can take the herb as juice, paste or poultice (for external use) to apply.
Side effects of Cynodon Dactylon
Excessive use of anything can do damage to our health. Whether, it is a natural herb or any other natural product. Moreover, there are less side effects of Dubori than compared to its beneficial side. In hemorrhoid disease, you should not consume Dubori extracts; it may show damaging effects on the body. Use Dubori wisely according to the information given it the article to take the advantages of the herb.
In the above article, you came to know about the nutritious values, benefits, uses and side effects of Dubori.
We hope this article will help you in fighting against various health problems. Thank you!
1) What is cynodon dactylon used for?
A- According to the Unani medicine system, this grass is bitter, pungent hot taste, good smell, laxative, brain and heart tonic, aphrodisiac, alexipharmic, emetic, emmenagogue, expectorant, carminative and useful against grippe in children, as well as it is beneficial for pain, inflammation, and toothache.
2) How do I identify Cynodon dactylon?
A- The characteristics of this grass are the conspicuous ring of white hairs of the ligule, the fringe of hairs on keel of the lemma, and the grayish green appearance of the foliage.
3) Is Cynodon dactylon a perennial plant?
A- Cynodon dactylon is an annual grass spread with long prostate stem whose roots come out of its joints.
4) How often does cynodon dactylon needs watering?
A- 1 to 1.25 inches of water is required twice a weekly to maintain its greenery during the summers. In sandy soils it needs more frequent watering, such as 0.5 inches of water every third day.
5) Does cutting help cynodon dactylon to grow?
A- When you cut the grass short, it grows very fast in the soil. Cutting makes the grass grow rapidly and becomes thick.
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