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Juniper Berries

(S) Hapusha

Part Used: berries

Energetics: pungent, bitter, sweet/heating/pungent KV- P+

Tissues: plasma, blood, muscle, fat, bone, marrow and nerves

Systems: urinary, respiratory, nervous, digestive

Actions: diuretic, diaphoretic, stimulant, carminative, analgesic, disinfectant, bacteriocidal

Indications: dropsy, edema, sciatica,. lumbago, arthritis, rheumatism, swollen joints, diabetes, weak digestion, weak immune system, dysmenorrhea

Precautions: acute nephritis, cystitis, pregnancy

Preparation: infusion, powder (250 to 500 mg), paste

JUNIPER BERRIES are one of the best diuretics for Vata constitution, as they also dispel excess Vata and improve digestion. They are also very good for kapha but will aggravate Pitta, and so must be used with other diuretics with proper consideration. They are often given with demulcent diuretics, like marshmallow or gokshura, to balance out their irritant properties. As a paste they may be applied externally for arthritic pain and swelling. Their purifying action extends to the aura and the subtle body, as they help destroy not only resistant bacteria but also negative astral influences.

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