Durva grass known as Bermuda or Devil grass or Couch grass or Bahama Grass is considered as one of the most sacred plants and traditional herb in Ayurvedic medicine. It belongs to the family of Graminae and it is religious to Hindus because of their worship for Lord Ganesha.
This grass which is also referred to as Cynodon dactylon is naturally popular for clinical and medicinal properties to offer numerous health benefits. It is also called the following names in different tribes as listed below:
Gujarathi – dhro
Sanskrit – Shataparva, Durva
Telgu – goriya gaddi
Marathi – harali
Kannada – Garike hullu
Hindi – Doob
Bengali – Durva
Tamil – arugam
Durva grass is a small herb which widely spread on ground and rich in phosphorus, protein, calcium, potassium, and fiber. The medicinal properties of durva grass are explained in Ayurvedic texts, and these properties are linked to one health benefit or the other. Let’s discuss them in details.
Health Benefits of Durva Grass
Durva grass is characterized by three different tastes namely; bitter, astringent, and sweet. This plant relieves vitiation of Rakta, Pitta, and Kapha. Because of this, durva grass is widely employed in Ayurvedic medicine to treat diseases caused by vitiation of above-listed doshas. Herewith are the health benefits of durva grass:
- Cures skin diseases: Durva grass is a skin-friendly herb equipped with anti-inflammatory and acts as an antiseptic agent to be widely used in treating various skin disorders such as skin rashes, itching, eczema, Psoriasis, haemorrhoids, Herpes, and much more. It has been found helpful in healing wounds quickly and restores skin colour. This herb is used as one of the main ingredients in PSORIBAN CREAM (an Ayurvedic herbal cream for skin disease like psoriasis). Durva grass herb in PSORIBAN CREAM enhances the effectiveness of the cream in treating psoriasis patches, reduces itching, and restore normal skin colour.
- Improves female fertility: Durva grass is good for women’s overall well-being, especially in women experiencing excess bleeding during their menstrual cycle known as menorrhagia. Ayurvedic physicians recommend this herb to treat such anomaly and as well as women with habitual abortion. It also helps fight symptoms associated with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). This grass boosts prolactin hormone production to enhance lactation and as well as strengthens the uterus for improved fertility.
- Helps treat Cystitis and Urinary Tract Infection (UTI): Durva grass is equipped with cooling properties to help treat Cystitis and Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) common in women by increasing the urine output and enhances the bladder by soothing its inner layers. This grass also reduces the inflammatory effect of bladder mucosal layer in UTI and cystitis. (Read about URIKOOL CAPSULES- An ayurvedic medicine for cystitis UTI and Kidney Stone)
- Aids digestive related problems: Durva grass is strongly recommended by Ayurveda acharyas in digestive issues such as diarrhoea, vomiting, haemorrhoids, excess thirst, dysentery, and much more.
Home Remedies with Durva
You can prepare durva grass herbal for home remedy of some diseases. Cut a few strands of durva grass, wash with clean water to remove unhealthy substance and add few drops of water to make a fine herbal paste. This preparation can be used as a remedy for wounds and quickening of the healing process of wound. You only need to apply it to the bleeding wound.
You can also mix this paste with water in a glass cup and drink to rejuvenate your energy level of your body.
Durva grass has been in used for thousands of year to treat many body health issues. It is readily available and can be prepared as a home remedy for many diseases and energy boost. Regular consumption of this herbal grass is good for your body. However, you can consume it as a supplement in many food supplements and herbal cream.