Bala Benefits & Information

Latin Name

Sida cordifolia

Also Known As

Country mallow

Origin

India and Sri lanka

Parts Used

Stem and roots

Traditional Use and Health Benefits

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 :
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. 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.

Typical Use

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.

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.

Bala
Constituents

Contain 3.23% fatty oils, phytosterol, resin, resin acids, mucin and potassium nitrate.