The Ongoing Simhastha Mahakumbh in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh is a Carnival of Faith and a Tsunami of Humanity.

While the faithful find relief from their Wordly Pains by Submitting to the Will of the Almighty ,Lord Shiva in particular in Ujjain, there are many who seek help from more physical Pain Killers.

Lord Shiva Symbolized in Brass with the Holy Ganges trapped in his Hairlocks. ( however that is another story)

Healing the faithful

The Mahakumbh while an explosion of Faith in the Divine is also a wonderful opportunity to avail of the benefits of Traditional Herbal Medicine.

These Large Palm sized seeds laid out on the streets on way to the River Banks did not merit more than a few pictures.

The presentation and Location on the street made me drift away from the Vendor of these Massive Smooth and Hardened seeds.

However I was amazed to find out  that the seeds of the Badi Imli ( Hindi) , Lady Nut/Giant’s Rattle ( English) ,Entada pursaetha ( Scientific name) are a Natural Pain Killer which rival steroids and chemical painkillers in both potency and efficiency.

The Yellow Parchment in the picture below highlights the vast benefits of this Naturally Occurring Pain Killer, which I read only once I set about writing this Blog.

pain killer

These Oversized Seeds Grow in Gigantic Beans like Peas in a Pod on Woody Climbers in Dense Forests.( reminds me of “Jack and the BeanStalk”) .

Known to Traditional Medical Practitioners for centuries  and mentioned in Ancient Sanskrit scriptures this GIFT FROM THE GODS is a bounty for those suffering from Inflammation of the Joints.

Unlike Steroids like Cortisones these Gigantic Dark Brown seeds have no side effects.

badi imli

I am kicking myself for not being more attentive to the Vendor of these SEEDY PAIN KILLERS.

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mukul chand

51 year old entrepreneur who has traveled extensively around the world for work and pleasure , is based in New Delhi, India. A passionate traveler born with a love for flora and fauna, is an active naturalist and amateur photographer. Here he shares his unique insight into Incredible India revealing its mysterious and exotic treasures. Writing from his heart he shares his experiences as he crisscrosses this vast and amazing land.

37 thoughts on “SEEDY PAIN KILLER”

      1. I gathered there must be a strong tradition of herbal medicine in India, because you often mention plants’ medicinal uses in your posts. It’s very interesting to read about!

        Also, I’m not overly surprised that herbal medicines and modern pharmaceuticals exist side-by-side in India. Based on my limited, outsider’s perspective, India seems to be a country where tradition and modernity coexist. But since my viewpoint is suboptimal, I’m not sure how accurate it is.

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      2. Bang On. I have only started discovering the vast study of Medicinal Plants through the ages. Was unaware or even a bit suspicious before. However personal use has endeared me to the age old traditions and many Chemical Based drugs are no longer used at a personal level.

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  1. You can see the gigantic relative of this plant which occurs in parts of Africa, by looking up Entada_rheedii in the English version of wikipedia. The seeds there are several inches across and the seed pods several feet long ! Article mentions various traditional uses of the seeds.

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  2. These seeds seem to cover a wide medicinal range, but however benign they look, I suspect it would take an expert to instruct someone in the seeds’ safe use. Do marigolds have any healing properties. That would be very handy as they are prolific in many parts of India.

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    1. usage of these seeds was explained by the vendor, if you see pics carefully ( you will see a mortar and pestle) he even grinds up the kernels into a powder. Yes marigolds do have medicinal properties. I remember having the base of the petals as a child.


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