Friday, 12 December 2014

10 Top Medicinal Uses & Benefits Of Keelanelli | Keezhanelli For Hair, Skin & Health

 

Keezhanelli also called as keelanelli in Tamil is an amazing plant with wonderful medicinal uses and health benefits. It is such a joy to write about herbs that are treasured and used for centuries and keelanelli is one such herb that has been used in home remedies for centuries. The botanical name of keelanelli is Phyllanthus Niruri and it belongs to the family Phyllanthaceae and genus Phyllanthus. It is a small plant that grows in tropical and subtropical regions in Central and South American countries, India and East Asian Countries. I am sure many would have heard about keelanalli for it's amazing use in treating hepatitis. This herb has been so synonymous with hepatitis that many tend to forget that this wonderful plant has other medicinal uses too. Usually the root of this keelanelli plant is used more than the leaves in home remedies. Keelanelli plant is found everywhere in Tamil Nadu. If you can identify this plant, you can easily find it and some times you can even spot it in wastelands in cities and towns. It is called Gale Of The Wind and Stonebreaker (because it removes kidney stones) in English, Bhumyamalaki in Sanskrit, Nela Usiri in Telugu, Nelanelli in Kannada, Bhumi Amla in Hindi, Kizharnelli in Malayalam and Bhanya Amli in Gujarati. Chemical Constituents: Some of the constituents isolated from the plant are lignans, alkaloids, flavonoids, tannins, phthalic acid, gallic acid and terpenoids. Traditional Uses: It has been widely used in Ayurveda and traditionally has been used for treating jaundice, hepatitis, kidney stones, hair problems, asthma and fever. Here are the medicinal uses: 1. Anti Microbial Properties: Keezhanelli has amazing antimicrobial properties and traditionally it has been used for treating various skin problems from small wounds, itching, cracked heels, rashes, etc. You can read the study that proves it's anti microbial properties here. 2. For Liver (Hepato Protective Properties): Keezhanelli has a protective effect on our liver and greatly protects us from getting non alcoholic fatty liver disease. Non alcoholic fatty disease is getting more common, thanks to the increasing availability of highly attractive packaged foods. It is the leading cause of insulin resistance, weight gain and oxidative stress. Keezhanelli extract greatly prevents liver diseases, you can read the study that proves it here. 3. For Hair Growth: Keezhanelli hair oil is very popularly used to promote hair growth in Tamil Nadu. The plant extract has amazing hair growth promoting properties and is especially helpful for people those who are suffering from male pattern baldness. You can read the study that proves it here. 4. Anti Inflammatory Properties: Keezhanelli has amazing anti inflammatory properties and can be used both externally and internally to treat inflammations. Traditionally in our place, the fresh paste of the whole plant is applied as a poultice to treat inflammations very effectively. 5. Anti Ulcer Properties: Keezhanelli has anti ulcer properties too, the fresh juice leaf when taken internally helps in regeneration of mucosal layer and greatly helps treat ulcers. You can read the study that proves it here. 6. Anti Diabetic Properties: keezhanelli is wonderful for diabetic patients as it reduces serum glucose levels and it improves the lipid profile too. You can take keezhanelli powder sold in the markets or you can take the fresh extract of the plant for reducing blood sugar levels. 7. For Treating Hepatitis B & Jaundice: Traditionally keelanelli has been used for treating hepatitis B. Hepatitis B caused by the infection of hepatitis B virus can lead to liver damage and hyperbilirubinemia (excess of bilirubin the blood) which in turn leads to jaundice (skin and eyes take on a yellow tinge and urine also takes on yellow color). In our village, for treating jaundice, we grind the keezhanelli root in buttermilk and give to the patient for 48 days. You can read the study that proves this traditional use here. 8. For Kidney Stones: Keelanelli has long been used for treating kidney stones from ancient times and this traditional use also has been backed by research. Keezhanelli juice can be taken for removing kidney stones very effectively. You can read the study that proves it here.  9. Antioxidant Properties: Keelanelli has amazing antioxidant properties and it greatly helps reduce oxidative stress. It's antioxidant levels is only slightly lower than ascrobic acid which is very amazing. Due it's antioxidant properties, it has a protective effect on kidney and liver. 10. For One Sided Headache: One of our long time farm workers was telling me about her experience with this amazing plant which happened before she came to work for us. Her husband is no more but a few years before he passed away he had suffered from one sided headache | otrai thalai vali in Tamil. Just imagine a daily worker who has to go to work daily to feed his family getting one sided headache often. She had 2 young daughters and her husbands headache problem was taking a toll on the family as he was the sole worker and was often not be able to go to work. After a few months of going to different doctors her elder sister had suggested keelanelli plant oil. Here in Tamil Nadu, especially in the village side, oil baths are a must and a tradition that everyone follows. She asked her to collect keelanelli roots and make an oil with it and make him have oil bath with this keelanelli oil. He had oil bath with it weekly once as suggested and within 2 to 3 months the one sided headache was completely gone. When I heard her say this experience, I was very touched because of the faith they had in in these herbs that made them patiently practice the remedy for 2 to 3 months all the while suffering from intense headache. Many of us loose faith in home remedies because we want instant results. Having faith in these amazing herbs and being patient by allowing these plants to work their magic is the key to practicing home remedies. She insisted that this oil should be made fresh at the time of having the oil bath and should not be stored. This oil works best for one sided headache, not for regular headache due to cold or fever. After narrating her experience, she said very sweetly to record it so others will not suffer like her husband, so this post is dedicated to her and her late husband :) How To Consume Keelanelli? The best way to consume keelanelli is in the form of fresh leaf, whole plant decoction and as keelanelli powder. Dosage: If you are using kelanelli leaf juice, take around 3 to 4 teaspoons and the general dosage for keelanelli powder is around 1 teaspoon. Side Effects: Usually, if had in the suggested dosage keelanelli will not cause any side effects at all but if consumed in excess might cause diarrhea.....


 6 WAYS TO USE KEEZHANELLI | KEELANELLI FOR HAIR, SKIN & HEALTH:

1. Keelanelli | Keezhanelli Hair Oil: 


For making hair oil, take equal quantities of keelanelli leaves, curry leaves and henna leaves in a mixer and grind to get a thick paste. Now heat 1 cup coconut oil and add the ground paste, boil till the water content evaporates and the sizzling sound stops fully. Switch off and strain. Use this hair oil regularly to treat dandruff and hair loss very quickly.

2. Keelanelli | Keezhanelli For Jaundice:


 For treating jaundice, take 1 very small piece of keelanelli root and grind it in buttermilk and have everyday for 48 days. This treatment is best done under expert guidance as food restrictions are also crucial.

3. Keelanelli | Keezhanelli Powder For Reducing Blood Sugar Levels:


 For reducing blood sugar levels,the powder can be taken mixed in water. But if you are already on diabetic medications, please monitor your blood sugar levels closely as it might lower blood sugar levels drastically.  

4. Keelanelli | Keezhanelli For Kidney Stones:


For treating kidney stones, the fresh juice of the plant got by the grinding the leaves along with little water is very effective for treating kidney stones. 

5. Keelanelli | Keezhanelli Root Oil For Migraine:


Take a keelanelli root and clean well until no trace of dirt remains. If the roots are long, cut into small pieces. Heat unrefined sesame oil in a small pan, preferably an iron pan but please don't use non stick pans. Once hot add the cut roots. Boil till the sizzling sound stops and then take a spoon and press the roots to release the essence. Let the oil cool to lukewarm temperature. Now take the oil and massage it well into the scalp and wait for half an hour. We traditionally use arappu powder to have hair wash, but you can use a mild shampoo. This oil also has a cooling effect and is said to be very good for the eyes too...

 6. Keelanelli | Keezhanelli For Skin Problems: 



Since it has anti microbial properties, it is very effective for treating all minor skin problems like wounds, scrapes insect bites, etc. The whole plant decoction got by boiling the whole plant in a cup water till it reduces in half can be used for washing the affected area. The whole plant can also be pounded and applied as a poultice too...




37 comments:

  1. Hi Ramya, thanks for the post. its very informative.

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  2. Ramya this is one herb that grows abundantly in my place. Now I know a use and will pass on this information. Are leaves/roots/flowers of mimosa pudica used for any medicinal purpose?

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    1. Aparna, We call it thota chinungi in Tamil, touch me not plant in English. It has medicinal uses too, which I will post very soon....

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    2. Ms Ramya, it's not the same. Pls do not mistake mimosa pudica ie touch me not and keela nelli. They are 2 different plants. Keela nelli has tender stem compared to touch me not which is spiky.

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    3. Sorry, not Ms Ramya but Ms Aparna...

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    4. Thotta Chinungi is different.

      Keela Nelli name itself describes the plant. Below the leaf, you find series of small Nelli grown in the stem. That is Keela Nelli. (Nelli in the bottom)

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    6. yes.thatta chinunki is very different from keelanelli.keelanelli is very effective for hepatitis B.

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  3. I did not know thanks so much for the wonderful information

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  4. thanksfull to information

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  5. Thanks for the useful information ... I shall try it..

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  6. Very useful info.. Thanks sister.. Good and easy remedy without wasting money:)

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  7. Is this plant is useful for the patients who are suffering from Joindice i.e. Hepatatis 'A' & 'B' ?

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    1. Yes, keelanelli plant is very useful for hepatitis, the root is ground with buttermilk and given to the patients to cure it..

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  8. Hi All, As Ramya stated Mimosa pudica - Thotta chinungi is also enriched with various Medicinal properties. The leaves along with its stem needs to be boiled in water till the water becomes half of its portion. Then allow it to cool. Consume the water once in 2 days. This will remove the Kidney stones naturally.

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  9. How to buy the root..Am staying in arumbakkam(chennai)...pls anyone tell the way to my email. ..karthiikg2015@gmail.com

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    1. I would suggest trying for keelanelli root in any nattu marundhu kadai in Chennai. You can also easily spot the plant if you look out for it in nearby waste lands (it grows abundantly everywhere)....

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    2. Daily useing for keelanelli daily morning drinking for keelaneli with butter milk mix. my body Hepatatis 'B'here but daily drinking keelaneli with buttermilk
      how many month cure madam ?

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    3. Usually it is advised to take keelanelli for 48 days for treating hepatitis....

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  10. pl send vetligo tirtment for keeelan nelli

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  11. vetligo use for keelannelli pl

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    1. I am sorry, I am not aware of the use of keelanelli | phyllanthus niruri for vitiligo

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  12. Does the root have the benefits of treating liver conditions as the leaf?

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  13. Does the root have the benefits of treating liver conditions like the leaves?

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    1. keelanelli roots ground in buttermilk is used for treating hepatitis....

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  14. Shall we use keelanelli for eye problems?

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  15. Yes, you can use keelanelli for eye problems. You can use keelanelli hair oil regularly, it will greatly help....

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  16. Hi..can we consume keelanelli everyday

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  17. Hi..can we consume keelanelli everyday

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  18. Hi..can we consume keelanelli everyday

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    1. Here in our place we consume keezhanelli as a medicine and consume it only for the required period and dosage. Though you can consume keezhanelli plant daily either in the form of keelanelli juice or keelanelli powder in the correct dosage, I would suggest taking it only for the time required to treat the disease...

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  19. Hello. I am 22 years old. I live in Bengaluru, India. I bought Keezhanelli powder from Nattu Marundhu kadai in Tamil Nadu and I consume 2-3 teaspoons of it mixed with a glass of water in empty stomach in the morning for few days in a week. The sclera of my eyes is a little brownish in color (not jaundice). I work in computers a lot. Even when I stay away from them for days, the general color of my sclera is a little yellow. Can consuming this powder like I said above bring back the sclera of my eyes to pure white? My skin color is dark. If yes, how long should I continue and what precautions should I take if any. Can you please tell me where I can get Keelanelli plant in Blr?

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    1. Usually keezhanelli is good for eye health and will greatly help with eye problems. I would suggest making hair oil with keezhanelli and using that oil for oil bath weekly twice. It will greatly help relax the eye muscles. Also consuming 2 to 3 teaspoons is a bit too much, consume around 1 teaspoon. Usually keelanelli has low toxicity and generally has very little side effects but it is best not to over consume it. I am not so familiar with Bangalore but you can try for keelanelli in herb nurseries there...

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    2. I thank you for your reply. I will try oil bath with Keezhanelli as you said. I will post again if I see any changes. Thanks a lot.

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  20. Hello. I bathed once using keezhaneeli root oil as said above in your blog. I request you to make a video on how to make this oil. Should I bath using Keezhanelli hair oil or root oil for my above said eye color?

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    1. Bathe with keezhanelli hair oil regularly...

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  21. Hi. Is it good to take this for treating post dengue liver impact? It would great if you could post something on post dengue weakness too.

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Thank you for taking your time to comment, it means a lot to me. Your comments and feedback's are my main motivation. Since I want to reply personally to each and every comment, it takes some time for me to reply. Please forgive me if I take some time to answer your questions - Ramya