Bala Benefits

Latin Name

Sida cordifolia

Also Known As

Country Mallow


India and Sri lanka

Parts Used

Stem and roots

Traditional Use and Health Benefits

In the ancient Indian system of Ayurveda Bala means “strength”. It is used to enhance the strength of bones, muscles and joints, and to increase overall strength in the body. Also an important beautifying herb, Bala is often used in conjunction with Ashoka and Shatavari.

Although it is native to India, Bala has a long history of traditional use all over the world. In Brazilian folk medicine it is used as an anti-inflammatory, for asthma, bronchitis and nasal congestion. In Africa it is also used for respiratory problems.

Bala Benefits

Respiratory Health

In the ancient Indian healing system of Ayurveda, Bala is classed as a “Sheet Virya” or “cool potency” herb. It subdues Pitta (bile), Vata (wind) and increases Kapha (mucus). In Ayurveda it supports the building of fluids and gives nourishment and steadiness to the body.

Additionally, it has an anti-spasmodic action and together these properties support its use as a preventative to asthma attacks and the alleviation of dry coughs and bronchitis.

Bala contains the phytochemicals ephedrine, vasicinone, vasicine and vasicinol which act as bronchodilators, helping to clear the airways, easing breathing difficulties and preventing wheezing. It can also be used as a nasal decongestant and to support the overall health of the lungs and upper airways.

According to Ayurveda, Bala is effective for respiratory disorders because it helps to balance Vata-Kapha and remove obstructions in the respiratory passage. It also boosts immunity due to its Rasayana (rejuvenating) properties.

Urinary Health

As a naturally diuretic herb, Bala increases urine flow and is often used in combination with other Ayurvedic herbs to combat urinary tract infections (UTI’s).

Bala helps to strengthen the urinary system and helps with “urinary urgency” or incontinence.


Bala can help to manage symptoms of joint pain, arthritis and other inflammatory conditions due to its powerful anti-inflammatory effect, coupled with analgesic properties. The most common way to use this herb to overcome joint pain and stiffness is by making a paste from the powder and applying it directly to the affected area.

Beauty – Skin and Hair

Loaded with antioxidants and many other nutrients that promote shiny hair and glowing skin, Bala has an ancient history of use as a beautifying herb. Whether applied directly to the skin or taking it internally, Bala provides the nourishment needed for a flawless complexion.

Regular intake of Bala promotes hair growth and strength, whilst Bala oil can be applied directly to the hair as a deep conditioner.

Typical Use

Organic Bala Powder

This herbal powder can be re-hydrated in hot or cold water, fruit juice; it can be encapsulated or added to a herbal powder blend.

Take ½ to 2 grams per day in divided doses.

Organic Bala Tincture

Can be added to water or fruit juice.

Traditionally taken: 5-10ml daily. Can be split up into 2-3 servings per day, or as directed by a Herbal practitioner.

Folklore and History

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.


Do not exceed the recommended dosage.This herb contain ephedrine, an ingredient found in ephedra. 

Please consult your healthcare practitioner if you are taking prescription medicines.