Durva grass is also known as Bahama Grass, Devil’s grass or Couch Grass. It belongs to Graminae family and is known by different names in India.
Sanskrit – Shataparva , Durva
Hindi – Doob
Bengali – Durva
Marathi – harali
Gujarathi – dhro
Tamil – arugam
Telgu – goriya gaddi
Kannada – Garike hullu
It is a small herb which spreads on ground. It covers ground like carpet. In India durva is used to worship hindu gods especially Lord Ganesha.
Texts of Ayurveda explain its medicinal uses as follows
Durva grass has three tastes i.e sweet, astringent and bitter. It alleviates vitiation of Pitta, Rakta and Kapha. Hence it is useful in diseases which are caused due to vitiation of above mentioned doshas.
Health Benefits and uses of Durva Grass or Cynodon Dactylon.
Use of Durva in Skin Diseases – Ayurveda acharyas have grouped Durva grass under skin friendly herbs. It helps to heal the wound fast and restores the colour of skin. Use of Durva grass is recommended in Psoriasis, Herpes, unhealed wounds, allergic rashes and haemorrhoids. Hence doctors at Moolika Ayurveda have included this herb in PSORIBAN CREAM an ayurvedic herbal cream for psoriasis and dry skin. It heals the patches of psoriasis and restores the normal colour of skin. Presence of Durva in PSORIBAN cream has enhanced the efficiency of this cream in healing psoriasis. This herb reduces itching, heals the scaly skin and imparts normal colour to skin.
Durva Helps to improve female fertility – Ayurvedic physicians recommend this grass in menorrhagia (excess bleeding during menstrual cycle), irregular menstrual cycle, and habitual abortion (repeated abortion). This herb also helps to fight PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Click here to know Ayurvedic Treatment for PCOS or PCOD). It prevents abortion and strengthens the uterus.
Use of Durva Grass in Cystitis and Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) – This grass has cooling properties. It increases the urine output and soothes the inner layers of bladder. It helps to reduce inflammation of mucosal layer of bladder in Cystitis and UTI. (Check URIKOOL ayurvedic capsules for cystitis, UTI and Kidney stones )
Durva grass for digestive ailments: – Ayurveda acharyas strongly recommend this herb in digestive ailments like vomiting, excess thirst, diarrhoea, dysentery, haemorrhoids etc.
Home Remedies with Durva :
Take few strands of durva grass and wash them properly with clean water. Make a fine paste by adding few drops of water. Apply this paste on bleeding wounds to stop bleeding and hasten the healing process.
Prepare the paste as said above and mix it with a glass of water water. Consume this daily to keep your energy level up and to rejuvenate the whole body.
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