Other names: Sida cordifolia
Physical Description: Bala is a perennial shrub with long branches. In Ayurveda, leaves, seeds and roots are used for medicinal purpose. Bala is also used as a primary ingredient in massage oils which are used applied externally on arthritis, joint pain, paralysis and other Vata Roga.
Uses: Asthma, Colds and flu, Chills, Headache, Nasal congestion, Aching joints and bones, Coughs and wheezing, Edema. Bala is a diaphoretic, diuretic, stimulating to the central nervous system and anti-asthmatic.
Take 1/2 to 2 grams per day, use mixed with milk or fruit juice – can be split up over day.
5-10ml daily (can be split up into 2-3 doses per day)
or as directed by an herbal practitioner.
Safety Concerns: Do not use if you have high blood pressure. Do NOT use with caffeine. May increase blood pressure, especially if used with caffeine. May cause constipation, irritability and sleeplessness.
Drug interactions: caffeine and MAO inhibitors, beta-blockers, Ephedrine, Steroids
Always consult your physician before taking any medicinal products. This general information is not intended to diagnose any medical condition or to replace your healthcare professional. Consult with your healthcare professional to see if the product is appropriate for you. If you experience any pain or adverse side-effects, stop and consult your healthcare provider immediately.