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Build strength and stamina with Bala – Sida Cordifolia

Bala, Also known as country Mallow in English, is an anabolic herb used to build strength. The name Bala translates as strength, energy and vitality. Bala is sweet and cooling and balances all three doshas making it a tridoshic herb, but when used in excess, it will increase Kapha.

Bala’s heavy, unctuous and sticky properties make it incredibly nourishing and used when debility and low weight have resulted from muscle fatigue, weakness and chronic fatigue.

Bala nourishes all tissues, including muscle, which makes it an effective heart tonic used when treating an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia or tachycardia) and palpitations.

Its ability to bring stability and strength aid in nurturing the reproductive tissues and can be helpful with fertility and a fragile reproductive system. Used as an aphrodisiac for sexual weakness and premature ejaculation, it enhances sexual potency.

Bala is often used to support the growth of mother and baby during pregnancy, and the oil derived from the seed is used in massage oils for baby’s to tone and power their muscles. Ashwaghanda Bala oil is perfect for infant massage as well as for those suffering from nervous disorders with high Vata along with muscle weakness.

Bala’s cooling properties make it an excellent choice for urinary tract infections and cystitis as its anti-fungal and analgesic properties help to cool pitta and calm Vata in the urinary tract. It is effective in nerve pain including sciatica and any nervous disorders with high Vata including insomnia, neuromuscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis.

Bala should not be used by those who are overweight or obese as its sweet and building attributes are contraindicated. 


Note: Articles on Inner Farmacy are solely to share the knowledge of Ayurveda and bring awareness to natural healing and holistic living. Please do not substitute this information for professional medical advice. Ingredients discussed can interfere with certain medications. So, before using anything to treat yourself, always consult an Ayurveda doctor or practitioner.

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