Whether it’s a common ailment or a serious affliction, do you turn to medicines that promise so much but do very little? Why not dump those frustratingly ineffective medicines and turn to something that provides effective and lasting cures for several diseases? Alum’s the answer.
What makes Ayurveda so effective? It’s the purity of the medicines that ensures this ‘science of life’ works for all, when conventional therapy has failed. The medicines are painstakingly made from ingredients derived from plants, leaves, bark, roots of some plants, herbs, trees, and minerals. Getting hold of these ingredients can be difficult at times. Some herbs and ingredients are hard to find and need long, arduous treks to remote areas or careful nurturing by experts themselves. One such Ayurvedic ingredient is Alum, called Saurashtri in Hindi, which is obtained from rocks.
Alum is found after purification, of the grainy sand from rocks present in the region of Saurashtra, in Western India. Commonly occurring in areas that abound in aluminum deposits, in India alum reserves were first discovered in Saurashtra. Hence the name Saurashtri. The presence of iron impurities gives it a reddish tinge. Its popularity rests on its wide-ranging therapeutic qualities.
Knowledge about Alum’s curative abilities is as ancient as Ayurveda itself. The renowned sage Charak, the veritable repository of all medical knowledge in ancient India, has made noteworthy mention of this substance on numerous occasions. Alum is used as the main medicinal component in many medicinal Ayurvedic formulations. Incredible though it may sound, alum can heal diseases of the oral cavity as well as treat vaginal and gynecological disorders. It effectively cures throat afflictions, heals wounds, and has potent anti-toxic abilities. Also an active external cleanser, it’s successful in controlling profuse bleeding by ensuring effective blood clotting. It also benefits patients suffering from diseases like leucoderma, tuberculosis, and herpes.
Well, if alum can do so much good for you, there’s a lot more you can benefit from other Ayurvedic medicines. So why think twice? Go for this alternative therapy for a healthier you.
Do you think this ancient therapy will gain more ground and provide convincing evidence to people who seek it? Do hard to find ingredients like alum, make ayurveda an inaccessible cure for many? Have you ever used alum to treat any illness?
(Source: ‘Ayurvediya Rasa Shastra’: A Textbook of Rasa Shastra by Dr. Chandra Bhooshan Jha)