21.3.09

Keezhanelli Mor



Keezhanelli Mor:

Phyllanthus amarus/ Phyllanthus nururui is the Botanical of this fragile plant! It is called Keezhanelli in Tamil. Keezh - Under/Underneath and Nelli - Berry/ goose berry/ amla!! This teeny plant has sesame seed sized leaves and underneath each leaf blade, it posses black mustard sized berries, which looks exactly like microscopic amla/gooseberry...Oh Tamilians are known for their 'Kaarana Peyar' (meaningful names)!

This plant grows in wild, among the weeds and often gets out of our attention! The whole plant is about 10-20 cms! It is native to Central Asia! It belongs to the family of Euphorbiacea. It is used in medicine, since time immemorial by both Chinese and Indian medicines(both Older civilization, right). Well...since then it has been handed down via tradition to the next generation! Although it sounds like a folks remedy, lot of research has been very convincing so far. It posses immense power to cure various ailments from jaundice to diabetes!

Folks Remedy : The whole plant, along with its root, is washed and ground into paste - swallowed in empty stomach and to wash that down, salt less buttermilk is given. A period of 10 days is said enough to cure even severe jaundice(both Hepatitis B & C). When English medicines fail for small pox and jaundice, people do follow this alternate medicines! Though its going to take a while with severe diet plan, at least it has no side effects!!

Science Behind The Plant: The major constituents of this plants are 1. Liganins, 2. Alkaloids, 3. Plant Flavonoids, 4. Polyphenol compounds and 5. Tanins. [ All these may be composed of phyllanthine, demethoxyninarthin, entnorsecurinine, phyllanthoside, quercetin, ellagic acid, gallic acid etc ]. Well, to give it simple the plant components imply that they are rich in anti-oxidants and disease fighting factors!!

The species P.nururui has been widely studied! The report says that it inhibits the growth and proliferation of the virus (anti hepatitis B) and also affects the replication of their genetic material! The P.nururui exactly blocks the DNA polymerase, an active enzyme...which is very important for both Hepatitis B & C virus to reproduce! Aaaha there is the key!

The gallic acid and the steroidal compounds present in them maybe an effective pain killer of an inflammation! Phyllanthus also cures away the excess uric acid present in the body. The alkoloids helps them to remove stones from the kidney and it also clears the gall bladder. Well, both P.amarus and P.nururui overall strengthens liver and reduces the severity of liver damage(due to fat, drugs, alcohol and even stress/damage caused by cortisol hormone). If you ask me, I will suggest to take them as best detoxing concoctions(even without any serious health issues) to cleanse your body.

When I went to India(last vacation), I spotted this humble fragile plant in my garden! Though Pappa was telling me, not to pluck them, without the need...I kind of did it...for the photo and always wanted to know, what they taste like, he he.

Ingredients:

Keezhanelli plant 1 (along with root)
Butter milk 1 cup
Salt to taste.

Method:

Do you seriously want to know the steps here!!:)

28 comments:

Ushanandini said...

Yeah, this is a good medicine for jaundice! There were lots of keezhanelli plants in our garden. My mom used to give these plants to our neighbours generously for their relatives affected by jaundice. I came to know about the plant's other medicinal values after reading this post (he he).

Ann said...

Haha,laughing at your ending note Malar...always love your sense of humour..
Keezhanelli is been called same in Malayalam too..its been commonly regarded as a medicinal plant..But this is completely a bright new idea for me to have mor.."sambharam' with keezhanelli..Would love to try this one..thanks Malar.

RAKS KITCHEN said...

I have seen the kezhanelli plant in my home town around our house in the fields...thanks for the info!

Uma said...

Wow, the drink looks great! Never heard of this plant! Seems to have many health benefits!

Varunavi said...

Good info gandhi abt amla.Had only amla pickle never heard of any other usages.

Mrs.Kannan said...

Hey Malar..My patti used to make this..amam keezha nelli ungalukku enge irundhu kidaichadhu??

Madhumathi said...

We have lots of keezhaneli growing in our backyard..Nice info about this plant :)

Gita's Kitchen said...

I would love to try this mor Malar, did you grow that keezanelli plant? May be I should try to get some seeds and start growing some on my own.

Jaishree said...

Nice information about keezhanelli.Iam appreciating your effort to collect medical information about herbs .It is very useful for all dear:) keep it up!drinks looks gr8!

rekhas kitchen said...

Hi malar i am very happy to see you in my blog and thank you so much for the lovely comment very helthy drink and perfect for the summer too

sangeeta said...

nice to see this post malar......this is called bhumiamlaki in hindi as well as sanskrit, you can make a sherbat out of it with sugar n lime......

i also give it to everybody in need, grows in my garden too, can be preserved by drying it.

Varsha Vipins said...

I had only just heard about the plant n now got to see it..Apt for the hot season in India..:)

srikars kitchen said...

wow.. Indiala sappitathu.. healthy drink...

Lavanya said...

nice info ..but i have a doubt..is this same as amala/gooseberry or different :)

Vibaas said...

nice post malar. my mom and paati always used to talk about different keerais or herbs and i never paid any attention. your posts are so informative and will be very useful for most of us :)

LG said...

Never knew of this plant Malar. Good Info! That glass of buttermilk looks inviting :D

Vishali said...

wow Malar, u have so much patience in writing medicianal properties too :)...kudos to u...good one :D

Vicky Xavier. said...

U have a great sense of humor da. Love those pics and info. But I can never forget the taste , as I was forced to consume it when I was a kid :(

Usha said...

Very informative post, have never heard of this plant !

AnuSriram said...

Hey Malar! Thats a lovely post! Do we get this Keezhanelli here?

Divya Vikram said...

WHo can say no to mor. ANd when it is made healthy like this.

Ashwini said...

Love those pictures..Nice info Malar..I have seen those leaves but dint know we can use in buttermilk.

Sonal said...

hey malar, dont give the steps, but atleast tell..what it tastes like ;).
very informative post and interesting as usual :)

aquadaze said...

never heard of this palnt before, great info malar!

Mangala Bhat said...

hey Malar ...very informative ..hey never heard about this plant ..Thanks for the info :)

sriharivatsan said...

Very informative post...I happend to have this keezhanelli when my bro sufferd with jaundice...My mom gave me too at that time...

stalin said...

hi Malar,

How this Keezhanelli use in Hepatities B, & how long its take to cure this diesease pls mail me my frnd suffering from this diesease. thank you.

Malar Gandhi said...

Hello Stalin,

I am not sure, how it works for Hepatitis B. All I know is, its best...after reading this post' someone from Mumbai India, called me recently who was suffering from liver disease for 20 years, he said 3 months of continuous use helped him.

BTW, I trailed to your profile, you didn't disclose ur mail id nor comments section to leave the message! Wish you read this follow up comment here...