Keezhanelli, which is also called Keelanelli in Tamil, is a wonderful plant that has many health and medical uses. This plant can be used to treat liver disease and kidney stones, as well as help hair grow. Many of you have probably heard about keelanelli and how well it works to treat hepatitis. Because keelanelli is so well-known for treating jaundice, many people forget that this wonderful plant can also be used to treat other health problems. Most of the time, the root of this keelanelli plant is used in home remedies more than the leaves.
What is Keezhanelli?
It is a small plant that grows in Central and South American, Indian, and East Asian countries that are tropical or subtropical. It's fun to write about herbs that have been valued and used for hundreds of years, like keelanelli, which has been used in home remedies for hundreds of years.
About Keezhanelli Plant:
The Keelanelli plant grows to be 20 to 25 inches tall and has small leaves on branches that grow upward. The fruits are very small and grow in a row under the leaf. Keelanelli grows all over Tamil Nadu. If you know what this plant is, you can find it easily. Sometimes you can even find it in wastelands in cities and towns if you know what it looks like.
Components of Keezhanelli:
Bioflavonoids, alkaloids, repandusinic acid, and lignans are some of the most important parts of Keelanelli (hypophyllanthin and phyllanthine). This plant is also known to make people and animals urinate more and lower their blood sugar levels. Because it has antiviral repandusinic acid, this plant is often used as a medicine to improve the health of the kidneys and liver.
Health benefits of Keezhanelli:
1. Antimicrobial Properties: Keezhanelli has great antimicrobial properties and has been used for centuries to treat small wounds, itching, cracked heels, rashes, and other skin problems. Here is where you can read the study that proves it kills germs.
2. For Liver (Hepatoprotective Properties): Keezhanelli has a protective effect on our liver and keeps us from getting non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Non-alcoholic fatty disease is becoming more common because there are more and more packaged foods that look really good.
3. It causes insulin resistance, weight gain, and oxidative stress more than anything else. You can read the study that proves it here. Keezhanelli extract stops liver diseases by a lot.
4. For Hair Growth: In Tamil Nadu, a lot of people use Keezhanelli hair oil to help their hair grow. The extract from the plant has amazing properties that help hair grow. It is especially helpful for people with male pattern baldness. Here is where you can read the study that shows it.
5. Keezhanelli has great anti-inflammatory properties and can be used both on the outside and inside of the body to treat inflammation. In our culture, a poultice made of a fresh paste of the whole plant is used to treat inflammations very well.
6. Keezhanelli has properties that help heal ulcers. When the fresh juice from the leaf is taken by mouth, it helps the mucosal layer grow back and heals ulcers very well. Here is where you can read the study that shows it.
7. Keezhanelli is great for diabetics because it lowers the amount of glucose in the blood and improves the lipid profile. For lowering blood sugar, you can buy keezhanelli powder or get the plant's fresh extract from the market.
8. To treat hepatitis B and jaundice: Keelanelli has been used to treat hepatitis B for a long time. Hepatitis B is an infection caused by the hepatitis B virus. It can cause liver damage and hyperbilirubinemia, which is too much bilirubin in the blood, which can cause jaundice (skin and eyes take on a yellow tinge and urine also takes on yellow color).
9. In our village, we mix the keezhanelli root with buttermilk and give it to a person with jaundice for 48 days. Here is where you can read the study that backs up this old use.
10. To treat kidney stones: Keelanelli has been used to treat kidney stones since ancient times, and modern research backs up this traditional use. Keezhanelli juice is a very good way to get rid of kidney stones. Here is where you can read the study that shows it.
11. Antioxidant Properties: Keelanelli is a great antioxidant, and it helps reduce oxidative stress in a big way. It has almost as many antioxidants as ascorbic acid, which is pretty amazing. Because it has antioxidants, it helps protect the kidneys and liver.