Anthill soil is utilized in Ayurveda and naturopathy therapies. It’s generally used for exterior software within the type of paste, to deal with pimples, stiffness of thigh, to alleviate ache related to insect chew, itching and many others.
Anthill soil is named Valmeeka Mruttika
Valmika = anthill
Mruttika = mud or soil.
Thigh and calf ache, stiffness
Acharya Charaka explains a illness referred to as Urustambha, related to deep thigh ache. It’s in contrast with many illnesses together with deep vein thrombosis and thigh spasticity.
It’s a distinctive dysfunction the place Panchakarma is contra indicated.
Urusthambha is defined my Acharya Charaka as –
Due to unctuousness, the Ama (a product of altered digestion, metabolism) together with fats causes obstruction to the motion of Vata.
Due to heaviness, it instantly reaches the thighs by way of the downward shifting channels (blood vessels).
provoked by the highly effective fats and Kapha, these morbid materials replenish the decrease limbs, particularly in thighs and calves. It causes involuntary spasms, stiffness, and immobility in these components.
In exterior therapies to deal with Urustambha, anthill mud is used.
श्लेष्मणः क्षपणं त्वन्यद्बाह्यं शृणु चिकित्सितम्||४८||
वल्मीकमृत्तिका मूलं करञ्जस्य फलं त्वचम्|
इष्टकानां ततश्चूर्णैः कुर्यादुत्सादनं भृशम्||४९|| Charaka Chikitsa Sthana 27/49
- The mud of Anthill, the basis, fruits and barks of Karanja (Pongamia pinnata), and powder of brick are taken collectively and floor to arrange a wonderful powder combine. it’s used for Utsadana (dry rubbing) steadily.
- Alternatively, the doctor ought to administer Utsadana remedy with the assistance of the basis of Ashwagandha, Arka – Calotropis gigantea, Picumarda (Nimba – Neem (Azadirachta indica)) or Devadaru (Cedrus deodara). Any one in all these herbs are blended with honey, mustard and anthill soil. This combine is used for dry powder therapeutic massage or to use externally as a paste.
- Vatsakadi Pralepa:
Vatsaka (Holarrhena antidysenterica Wall.), Surasa ( Cinnamonum zeylanica), Kushta – Saussurea lappa, fragrant medication like agarwood, Tumburu (Zanthoxylum alatum), Moringa, Himsra – Nordastachys jatamamsi, Root of Arka – Calotropis gigantea, mud of anthill and Kutheraka (Parnasa – Ocimum basilicum) is made a paste by including Yogurt and Rock salt.
It’s utilized externally to deal with Urustamba.
Ashtanga Hrudaya Chikitsa Sthana 21/51-54 additionally explains about Urustamba administration with anthill soil.
Vata, related to fats and invaded by sturdy Kapha dosha, in Urustambha will get mitigated by sweating remedy (native sudation) performed by sprinkling / pouring of liquids in a stream (Seka), dry therapeutic massage and many others.
Paste of roots of Arka, neem, tarkārī – Clerodendrum phlomidis and Devadaru, blended with honey, mustard, is used for fomentation.
Heated stone or anthill soil can be utilized regionally or used for powder therapeutic massage. This decreases Kapha Dosha and pathological fats tissue accumulation within the thigh and calves.
Acharya Sushruta, in Sushruta Samhita KalpaSthana eighth chapter 53-56, explains
The insect chew is handled by making use of a paste ready with juice extract of Bhringaraja (Eclipta alba), black Valmika Mruttika (anthill soil).
In case of bee sting, ant chew, black anthill soil is blended with cow urine and utilized externally.
In case of damage by nails of bugs, animals, Bhringaraja juice is sweet.
कण्डूमकाभिर्दष्टानां रात्रौ शीताः क्रिया हिताः |
दिवा ते नैव सिध्यन्ति सूर्यरश्मिबलार्दिताः ||५३||
वक्रं कुष्ठमपामार्गः शूकवृन्तविषेऽगदः |
भृङ्गस्वरसपिष्टा वा कृष्णवल्मीकमृत्तिका ||५४||
पिपीलिकाभिर्दष्टानां मक्षिकामशकैस्तथा |
गोमूत्रेण युतो लेपः कृष्णवल्मीकमृत्तिका ||५५||
नखावघृष्टसञ्जाते शोफे भृङ्गरसो हितः |५६|
An analytical study carried out to anthill soil, discovered that, it’s composed of proteins, phenols, flavonoids, tannins and saponins. Quantitative evaluation of the natural element within the anthill soil discovered presence of
Proteins 800 μg /g
Phenols 0.03 μg /g
Tannins 0.24 μg
The research additionally demonstrated that anthill soil is beneficial within the remedy of pimples vulgaris.
Stiff joints, muscle groups
In naturopathy, to decongest and loosen muscle knots, stiff joints, anthill soil is used. It’s utilized externally.
It may be made right into a paste with mustard seed powder, juice of Nirgundi (Vitex negundo) and castor roots and utilized externally, to alleviate ache and stiffness.