Eggplant (Vartáka)

Eggplant (Vartáka)listed as a fruit in Charak

 

Energetics: Pungent, astringent, bitter/hot/pungent VK- P+ [Only the tender variety] (V antidote with spices)

 

Actions: Nutritive, demulcent, anticarcinogenic, anticonvulsant

 

Indications: Long size increase Váyu and Kapha. Food value, convalescence from febrile diseases; heart tonic, appetite stimulant, mild laxative and diuretic; dull vision, diabetes, cholesterol, arterio- sclerosis, immune boosting, convulsions, epilepsy. Contraindications: Nightshade may aggravate al- lergies, Pitta, and arthritis

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