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Sesame Seeds

(S) Tila

(C) Hei chih ma

Part Used: seeds

Energetics: sweet/heating/sweet V- PK or Ama+ (in excess)

Tissues: works on all tissue-elements, particularly bone

Systems: respiratory, digestive, excretory, female reproductive

Actions: nutritive tonic, rejuvenative, demulcent, emollient, laxative

Indications: chronic cough, weak lungs, chronic constipation, hemorrhoids, dysentery, amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, receding gums, tooth decay, hair loss, weak bones, osteoporosis, emaciation, convalescence

Precautions: obesity, high Pitta

Preparation: decoction, powder (500 mg to 2 gms), paste, medicated oil

SESAME SEEDS are a rejuvenative tonic for Vata constitution and for the bones and teeth. The black seeds are best, as they contain higher amounts of solar energy. A confection of the seeds can be made with one part sesame seeds, one-half part shatavari (if available), with ginger and raw sugar added to taste. One ounce of this mixture may be taken daily.

Sesame oil can be used in the same way as the seeds. It is similar in properties to olive oil. With equal parts of lime water, it can be applied externally for burns, boils and ulcers. Prepared with small amounts of camphor, cardamom and cinnamon, it can be applied to the head for migraines or vertigo. The powdered seeds can also be used externally as a paste.

Sesame seeds are sattvic and produce sattvic tissues in the body, and so are a good food for yogis, one ounce per day.

   
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