India and Sri lanka
Stem and roots
Bala is one of the most valued and well used Ayurvedic herbs. It is used for weight loss, and boosting physical endurance and strength, often used by athletes and bodybuilders. It is also known as an Aphrodisiac.
In India it has been used for 2000 years for conditions such as :
Colds and flu
Aching joints and bones
Coughs and wheezing
Bala is a diaphoretic, diuretic, stimulating to the central nervous system and anti-asthmatic. So it would seem to have a stimulating, strengthening, energising effect.
The stem of the plant generally contains essential oils and 1-2 % alkaloids composed mainly of stimulants, which are known to be excellent for weight loss.
Bala fair trade Powder -
Take 1/2 to 2 grams per day, use mixed with milk or fruit juice - can be split up over day.
Bala / Sida cordifolia Fair trade Tincture -
5-10ml daily (can be split up into 2-3 doses per day)
or as directed by an herbal practitioner.
The Bala plant is associated with the ancient Hindu Goddess of beauty and grace Parvathi. The herb is part of the 'magical trio combination' associated with women in Indian herbal folk medicine "Tripura Sundari" in common language - meaning "thrice beautiful". The other herbs recommended for beautifying women are: Ashoka and Shatavari.
Contain 3.23% fatty oils, phytosterol, resin, resin acids, mucin and potassium nitrate.
Caution: Do not take in excess if congested.This herb contain ephedrine, an ingredient found in ephedra. Although no reported safety risk exists for this herb, ephedra has been found to be dangerous and can cause death if not used properly.