Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Vida Lavana - Salt

Vida Lavana – Benefits, Usage, Ayurveda Details

Vida Lavana is one among the group of five salts as explained in many Ayurvedic text books. However, there is difference of opinion regarding the identity of this salt. 
Sanskrit Synonyms:Vdgandha, Bida Lavana – because this salt, according to some, is prepared by excreta of goat, cow, camel, sheep etc.
Kritrimala – Because this salt is artificially prepared.
Supakva / Supakya – Because heating process is involved in its production.
Dravida – Available in South Indian region.

Controversy:There is difference of opinion regarding Vida Lavana. It is artificially prepared. Vida means excreta. Hence, it is prepared by using excreta of different animals.It is also prepared by burning a particular type of mud with wooden pieces of Kareera, peelu etc.
According to Rasa Tarangini, 80 Tola (800 grams) of Romaka Lavana (earthen salt) is mixed along with 10 tola of Amalaki powder in a pot and subjected to heat. The resultant salt is Vida Lavana.
Some textbooks of Rasashastra explain to prepare Vidalavana by heating 82 part of table salt, 1 part each of Vibheetaki and Sarjika kshara.
Rasendra Chudamani explains Navasadara as Vida lavana, which is prepared by excreta of Cow, Camel, Sheep,etc.
The Hindi commentator of Rasaratna Samucchaya, Dr D.Anant Kulkarni explains preparing Vida lavana with excreta of Camel and Human urine.
In Punjab, it is collected from places where bricks are manufactured.
Chemical composition:
Vida Lavana is artificially prepared salt. It has granular shape. It is composed mainly of Sodium chloride. It also contains traces of Sodium sulphate, Alumina, magnesia, Ferric Oxide and Ferric Sulphide.
Sodium chloride – 93.7 % w/w
Total Sulphides – 0.121 %
Iron – 0.0089 % (Reference)
Some authors compare it to Ammonium salts.
Preparation of Bida Lavana –Romaka Lavana – 80 Tola – 960 g
Amalaki Churna – 10 Tola – 120 g
The fine powders of both are taken in an earthern pot and subjected to intense fire for 2 Yamas – 6 hours. After self cooling, Vida lavana is collected from the pot.
Vida lavana benefits
Sakshara – alkaline, caustic, produces burning and corrosive action.
Teekshna, Sookshma – minute, enters into minute channels, piercing
Ushna – hot in nature
Vyavayi – spreads rapidly throughout the body
Deepana – improves digestion strength
Shulahara – useful in abdominal colic
Hrudroganashana – useful in cardiac disorders
Rochana – improves taste
Vatanulomana – causes Vata Dosha to move in normal direction, eases constipation.
Effect on Dosha - causes Vata balances, increases Pitta.
Ayurvedic medicines with Vida Lavana as ingredient:
Lavan Bhaskar Churna 
Useful in bloating, gas problem, spleen diseases, hemorrhoids, constipation, fistula, etc
Avipattikar Churna – useful in low digestion strength, gastritis, etc
Brihat Saindhavadi Tail – Herbal oil useful in  low back ache, sciatica, rheumatoid arthritis, abdominal colic, Ankylosing spondylosis etc.
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