The potent Ayurvedic herb vidari kanda is known as the grandmother of Indian ginseng (ashwaganda) because it shares many of that plant’s revitalizing, restorative properties and, like a loving nana, serves as a trusted source of comfort and healing when you’re feeling upset or under the weather. Its qualities (heavy, sweet, unctuous, cool) are also thought to represent the feminine counterpart to ashwaganda’s more masculine energy.
Vidari’s attributes are useful for balancing vata and decreasing pitta. Used in excess, it increases kapha and ama and can cause liver damage. Vida means “to destroy,” and adi means “enemy”; thus, Ayurvedic practitioners rely on this tuberous root to vanquish all vata disorders. The traditional practice of taking vidari kanda with ghee or milk enhances the nutritional benefits of this nourishing treatment.
A staple of Ayurvedic treatments for centuries, vidari kanda is now under study by Western medical researchers. Evidence to date suggests that this herbal medicine is appropriate for applications ranging from alleviating the mental and physical effects of stress, boosting athletic performance, and promoting wound healing to strengthening the female and male reproductive systems and improving memory. Other beneficial properties of vidari kanda are listed below:
12 Benefits of Vidari Kanda
Increases sexual desire and performance
Supports healthy male organs
Promotes healthy menstrual cycle, pregnancy, lactation
Supports a robust aging process
Strengthens respiratory system and helps manage tuberculosis symptoms
Counteracts muscle wasting and weakness
Helps relieve symptoms of multiple sclerosis
Lowers blood pressure and supports cardiac health
Relieves sore throat/hoarseness
Nourishes the tissues