Indian Blue Water Lily {Nymphaea stellata}

Indian Blue Water Lily or Kumudam

Ayurveda Characteristic and Uses

  1. Effect on doshas – Pacifies Vata and Pitta and Kapha
  2. Taste –Sweet, astringent, bitter
  3. Energetics – Cooling
  4. Main Traditional Action: Antipyretic, blood purifier
  5. Other Traditional Uses: Diabetes, inflammation, liver disorders, urinary disorders, menorrhagia, blenorrhagia, menstruation problem and as a bitter tonic.  


Modern Research

Indian Blue Water Lily and its chemical components have a number of biological activities and have been investigated for the following effects: hepatoprotective, anti-inflammatory, and particularly antidiabetic activity. Nymphayol, a steroid isolated from the flowers has been scientifically proved to be responsible for the traditionally claimed antidiabetic activity; it reverses the damaged endocrine tissue and stimulates secretion of insulin in the β-cells. It has also been studied for it use in hyperlipidemia, cardiovascular complications in diabetes, and the progression of atherosclerosis.


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