Edema, Punarnava powder*
Four ounces of oraganic Punarnava powder and description of other therapies for edema.
Punarnava is bitter and heating. It is drying. It checks Kapha. It is useful in the treatment of diseases with swelling, anaemia, heart diseases, cough, blood spitting, and colic.
In nephrotic edema, a tea is made with punarnava, ginger, khus and vetiver. In night blindness, a cup of cow's milk with a teaspoon of punarnava is taken at bedtime. In enlarged spleen, use one teaspoon punarnava with aloe vera gel.
In edema, a paste of punarnava can be applied to the swollen areas. This is particularly useful in angioneurotic edema of the face and eyes due to an allergic reaction, since punarnava is an anti-histamine and anti-inflammatory. In itchy allergic eye conditions, bathe the eyes with punarnava eyewash. Punarnava eyedrops can be used twice daily for glaucoma. In allergic rashes, mix punarnava with ghee and honey.