We call balloon vine plant "Mudakathan Keerai" in Tamil and this plant is very famous in Tamil Nadu for it's use in treating joint pains. Mudakathana keerai is a climber with balloon like fruits and it's botanical name is cardiospermum halicacabum. It is called kanphata in Hindi and is best identified with the leaves and balloon like fruits. For treating joint pains, we add the mudakathan keerai leaves to regular dosai batter and make dosais out of it. Mudakathan keerai is easily available in the markets, but make sure they are fresh. You can also easily grow this plant in pots and that way you will get fresh leaves daily. Most of the herbal remedies call for fresh herbs and that too for many remedies they have to be used for longer periods of time. The main reason many don't follow herbal remedies is because they have to get fresh herbs everyday. Unless or otherwise you are living in a village, given our hectic schedules, I know it will be next to impossible to go and collect fresh herbs from the market everyday. The best way to solve this problem is grow your own. Especially for herbs like mudakathan, which has to be used for longer periods of time, it is very important that you grow your own. Herbs are much easier to grow than ornamental plants and most of them need little to no maintenance at all. My biggest desire is to grow all the herbs in my home and nothing makes me more happy than finding new herbs. The best thing about mudakathan keerai is it can be used both internally and externally for treating joint pain and regular use gives good relief. Mudakathan keerai also treats all cold and cough related problems. This is a very safe herb that can be used even for treating children's cough & cold. It can also be used to treat ear pain, menstrual cramps, general tiredness and sluggishness. Few drops of the mudakathan keerai leaves juice in the ear will treat ear pain. The poultice of this amazing herb can be used for all kinds of pain. The juice of this plant when combined together with pure turmeric powder and applied on the affected area treats eczema.
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