Kadha is basically the mixture of some herbs containing medicinal values, boiled with water till the herbs losses the values and the benefits of herbs mixed with water. When we talk about Ayurved, there is no way that one could not have come across the herbs or kadhas to treat any disease through Ayurved.
India is the home of several herbs and these herbs have their reach to every Indian house.the most common use of these herbs is to give the food flavor, taste or smell. But it is also used to make desi decoctions or kadhas. It is very simple and easy to prepare kadha which increase the acceptance of it in India.
Some of the most common desi decoctions in Ayurveda are : -
Kadha for cold and cough – in case of cold and cough one should drink the desi decoctions which have ginger and black pepper. Both black pepper and ginger generate the heat in the body. It also maintains the respiratory system and enhances digestion and circulation. It is also very simple to make and have no side effects.
Mix dry ginger and black pepper with water and boil the mixture till it reduces to half, then add honey to it and mix well. Have this kadha 3-4 times a day to get relief from cold and cough in the winter.
A Desi decoction for maintaining blood sugar level –Diabetes is the most common disease in today’s time emerged as big problem. But it can also be controlled by ayurvedic kadhas. The kadha contains methi (fenugreek seeds) and haldi (turmeric) which helps to maintain the sugar level.
Get powdered fenugreek and turmeric in equal quantities and add them to milk and boil it. Consuming one glass every morning gives great results.
Better digestion from kadha – improper digestion is not a big problem but it is the cause which invites many problems. With improper digestion can cause problems like upset stomach, gas, constipation, indigestion. Herbs like fennel seeds and carom seeds have properties of preventing the formation of gas and improving the digestion system of an individual. Kadha made by fennel seeds and carom seeds (ajwain) is very helpful in digestion.
Add one teaspoon each of ajwain and saunf to boiling water and let the decoction boil for several minutes and then add honey to it for taste. Drink this after your meals for improving digestion.
Kadha for fever – Fever is a common disease in winter seasons and for treating it kadha is very useful. Tulsi leaves, clove, and laung are the most common herbs to be used in making of kadha for treatment of fever. These herbs allow the body to sweat which helps to get rid of fever.
Crush 7 tulsi leaves and 5 cloves or laung and add them to a glass of boiling water. Let the water boil till it reduces to half and then add a pinch of rock salt to it. Have this kadha twice a day for 2-3 days.