Mugwort (E), Davana (H):
This common roadside herb is very warming and has an affinity for the blood and the female reproductive system. Damanaka literally means 'subduing' as it tames disease.
Gynaecology Specific herb for menorrhagia when this excessive bleeding is caused by coldness, i.e. an excess of kapha and/or vata in the uterus. Useful in all cold conditions of the lower abdomen where cold congeals and creates dysmenorrhoea, endometriosis or fibroids. Used to prevent miscarriage when caused by coldness. It can also be used as a douche for vaginal discharge and kapha symptoms. Digestion It acts as an antispasmodic in the intestines for vatalike cramps. It regulates the flow of s´amana vata. Its affinity for the apanaksetra and the lower abdomen benefits all vata or nervous related symptoms in this area . Heart Damanaka's action on the blood helps to nourish the heart and strengthen the contractile force of the cardiac system. This positive effect on circulation can ease muscular pain. External Specific treatment using fresh leaf poultice to remove warts. Also beneficial in a skin cream or as a wash for itchy skin.