தொல்தமிழர் அறிவியல் – 67: 22. நெல்லிக்கனி
· The WHO is encouraging, promoting and facilitating the effective use of herbal medicine for the developing countries health program. The human race started using plants and plant products successfully as a source for treatment of disease and injuries as effective therapeutic tool from the early days of civilization to modern age .
· Medicinal plants are the “local heritage with global importance” playing a vital role in world health care system for developing countries . (Euphorbiaceous) is a valuable tree known for its medicinal as well as pharmacological importance for centuries.
The fruits are sour astringent, bitter, acrid, sweet, cooling, anodyne, ophthalmic, carminative, digestive, stomachic, laxative, alterant, aphrodisiac, rejuvenative, diuretic, antipyretic and tonic. They are useful in vitiated conditions of tridosha, diabetes, cough, asthma, bronchitis, cephalalgia, ophthalmopathy, dyspepsia, colic, flatulence, hyperacidity, peptic ulcer,erysipelas, skin diseases, leprosy, haematogenesis, inflammations, anemia, emaciation, hepatopathy, jaundice, strangury, diarrhea, dysentery, hemorrhages, leucorrhoea, and menorrhagia. Cardiac disorders, intermittent fevers and grey ness of hair . Some more description shown in.
Authors: R. Jain *, R. Pandey, R. N. Mahant and D.S. Rathore
Authors Address: Department of Biotechnology, Government Kamala Raja Girls Post Graduate (Autonomous) College, Gwalior (M.P.), India.
“The five passages from Sangam literature noted above refer to its quenching of thirst and medicinal value of goose fruit known as ‘Nelli’ in Tamil. This tropical fruit is in globular shape, light yellow in colour and if broken comes out in six equal parts. It is sour in taste and powerful enough to avoid dehydration when it is eaten. Passers-by who walk across dry lands and deserts eat it and manage themselves without water. Such a life sustaining fruit it is.
Dehydration is a dangerous condition that leads to death if human body doesn’t have the minimal liquid or water in it. That is why Avvaiyar, the Sangam Poet glorifies her patron Athikaman by stating that ‘ you have given me the fruit to prevent death.’
The potential and medicinal effect of this fruit referred to in Sangam literature is found to be a repository of C vitamin. Herbal doctors certify this to be containing ingredients such as Protein, Carbohydrates, Phosphorous, Iron, Niacin, Vitamin C and minerals plus water- content. What modern science says now has exemplified in the quotations from Sangam anthologies.” –Editor.---தொடரும்……