Bala (Country Mallow) is an Ayurveda herb found in tropical and sub-tropical plains of India and Sri Lanka. The entire plant including the leaves, stems, roots and seeds are of good medicinal value.
Bala is used as an analgesic, aphrodisiac, diuretic, stimulant, rejuvenative tonic and a healing medicine for wounds. It is also used in treating chronic fever and stomach ailments. This herb has been widely used in ayurvedic treatments as a cardiac stimulant due to the presence of a certain sympathomimetic alkaloid. The seeds of the plant are a good aphrodisiac and is useful for a variety of diseases like Paralysis, Asthma, Bronchitis, Arthritis, Cancer, Dysentry, Chronic inflammation, fever, heart diseases, joint diseases, nerve pain and inflammations, rheumatism, numbness, skin disorders, tumors, ulcers, wounds, cystitis, and insanity.
The herb is used for medication in the form of powder, medicated oil and decoction. The roots of the herb are used in the form of a decoction for treating urinary diseases, nervous disorders, disorders of bile and blood, for treating bleeding piles, facial paralysis, and Asthma. It is also used as a regular cardiac tonic. The juice of the root of Bala plant is used for healing wounds in combination with other plants.
For treating fever, the decoction of the root of this plant and ginger is administered internally. When the root of Bala plant is mixed with Pahuyrah tree and made in the form of a paste and applied externally, it helps in treating Elephantiasis. Dhanwantri Tailam is an Ayurvedic herbal oil which has Bala herb as a key ingredient in combination with several other herbs and is used for treating general weakness, rheumatism, paralysis, disease of reproductive organs, neuralgia and all diseases pertaining to vata dosha.
The leaves of this herb are used as a cooling medicine during fever and to promote suppuration when applied to boils and bruises. The seeds are used for treating cystitis and piles.