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is there a medicinal value for saffron?

Discussion in 'Healthy Living' started by deepshikha, Oct 19, 2007.

  1. deepshikha

    deepshikha Senior IL'ite

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    sunkan Gold IL'ite

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    <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width="97%" align=center border=0><TD bgColor=#ffffcc colSpan=2><TD class=orange width="67%" bgColor=#ffffcc>[​IMG]<TD class=orange width="33%" bgColor=#ffffcc><TD class=blacklinks align=left bgColor=#ffffcc colSpan=2><TD class=h1tdB width="68%">Since time immemorial saffron has occupied a special place in the culture and tradition of people. This exotic herb is famous for its medicinal, coloring and flavoring properties. Valued all over the world, specially by culinary and medical experts, saffron has a number of uses. The medicinal properties attributed to saffron are extensive. Topically, it is applied to improve the skin condition overall and specifically to treat acne. Internally, it is used to improve blood circulation, regulate menstruation, treat digestive disturbance, ease cough and asthmatic breathing, reduce fever and inflammation, calm nervousness, and alleviate depression.



    <TD align=middle width="32%">[​IMG]<TD class=h1tdB align=left bgColor=#ffffcc>BENEFITS OF SAFFRON
    It is being used along with other herbs for the treatment of the below detailed diseases and ailments:-
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    <TD class=h1tdB align=left bgColor=#ffffcc colSpan=2><TABLE width="100%" border=0>[​IMG]<TD class=h1tdB>Arthritis/Rheumatism.[​IMG]<TD class=h1tdB>Chronic Peritonitis/Colic/Abdominal Pain.[​IMG]<TD class=h1tdB>Fever/Dengue fever. [​IMG]<TD class=h1tdB>Hysteria.[​IMG]<TD class=h1tdB>Indigestion / Dyspepsia/ Flatulence/ acidity.[​IMG]<TD class=h1tdB>Low back pain/ Lumbago.[​IMG]<TD class=h1tdB>Strengthens the functioning of stomach and promotes its action.<TD class=h1tdB align=left bgColor=#ffffcc colSpan=2 height=37>The drying of fresh saffron is carried out after the carpels are detached from the rest of flower, air- dried to moisture content of 8-10 percent, and stored in a moisture proof container.


    <TR bgColor=#ffffcc><TD class=blacklinks align=middle colSpan=2><TD width="35%">[​IMG]<TD class=h1tdB align=middle width="65%"><TABLE height=163 width="100%" border=0><TD class=h1tdB>The ISI recognizes two grades of saffron ‘Special and ‘Standard’. Grading is done according to colour, floral waste content and foreign matter as detailed in the following <TD align=middle><TABLE height=82 cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width="100%" border=0><TR class=h1tdB><TD width="15%">
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    <TD width="28%">Color

    <TD width="32%">Floral Waste

    <TD width="25%">Foreign Matter

    <TR class=h1tdB>Special

    Deep Red

    5

    0.5

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    Light reddish to bright red

    10

    10




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    The three grades of Saffron available are:
    Mongra Contains top most parts of dried stigmas
    Lacha Contains part of stigma with style
    Gucchi Contains whole stigmas with style tied in bundles.
     
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    santha248 New IL'ite

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    Hi dear friends.
    Yes saffron certainly a medicinal value for all. Especially for infants and the mother who is pregnant.
    Those days old ladies used to give the milk mixed with saffron for pregnant ladies to drink and they will tell it will give us a fairly beautiful babies.Some pregnant ladies do not like to consume milk during pregnancy. So this is one way of asking them to consume milk. Actually consuming saffron with milk for pregnant ladies will help the babies to become smart from the beginning and bone strengthening too
    This one i heard from our television show.
    Thanks:wave
     
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    Hi,
    How much saffron can I give for a 2.5 year old child?
    Thanks!
    Gayathri
     
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    subbutr Senior IL'ite

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    Thanks for the nice informations from Sunkan, Satya, Padmaniyengar on safron and to the topic raiser deepshika.

    Saffron derives its name from the Arabic word Zafran meaning, "be yellow". ...


    Few more details on Saffron Kesar, the queen of spices, doesn’t come cheap by any standards. And no surprise, considering that it takes nearly 70,000 saffron flowers to produce a mere kilo of saffron!

    Saffron is grown commercially primarily in India, Spain and Iran.

    Saffron is the only spice known to contain water soluble carotene.

    It is an antioxidant and anti-cancerous. It also has sedative and diaphoretic effects.

    A number of people also believe that it is a potent aphrodisiac — that probably explains the kesar milk that is a part of the wedding night ritual.

    It also Remove "Tridosh".

    Helps to relieve pain, generate sexual excitement, cures worm's problem, improve skin colour, cures constipation, eye & head problem.

    It is applied or eaten in cold.

    Application of its paste on female breast increases mother milk.

    It also Improves digestion

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    New research also shows that saffron offers plenty of unexpected health benefits, such as alleviating depression and even preventing cancer.

    People who got 30 milligrams of saffron a day for 6 weeks reported the same improvement in their depression symptoms as those who received 20 milligrams of fluoxetine (a.k.a. Prozac), according to a preliminary study in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology.

    “Saffron enhances the activity of (mood-boosting) neurotransmitters such as norepinephrine and dopamine,” says Shahin Akhondzadeh-Basti, a clinical neuropsychopharmocology professor at Roozbeh Psychiatric hospital Tehran, Iran, the oldest academic psychiatric hospital in the Middle East.

    And in another recent study published in Cancer Detection and Prevention, researchers touted saffron’s anti-tumor and cancer-preventive benefits.

    The spice is rich in antioxidants, such as crocin, a carotenoid that helps prevent the spread and growth of cancer.

    Subbu

     
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    Saffron is an antispasmodic, so when taken during pregnancy, it may help relieve renal colic and stomach ache. Also it is believed to improve digestion and increase the appetite of a pregnant woman. Saffron is also known to control blood pressure and mood swings during pregnancy. However, as saffron induces body heat, experts recommend that you add just 1-2 strands in a glass of milk during pregnancy
    As far as any beneficial effect goes it depends on the type of saffron, the country of origin, the purity, the method of extraction and the amount in the purest form absorbable by the body.
    Yes it is supposed to purify blood and hence improves the blood flow. More than color of the skin, a healthy skin is what is essential. So thats why all these home remedies were suggested by elders.

    Pregnant lady should take it from the 5th month untill the 9th.One needs to take around 3 leaves of saffron and keep it soaked in warm water overnight and then have this mixed with milk before having anyother food the next day.
    Docs say that this particularly should be taken on days wen the lady has head bath , to avoid her getting infected from cold.
    Also its said that its good for digestion and heart.

    But as saffron is the costliest spice available , getting pure saffron is indeed very difficult.
    In case anyone needs this you can Please contact me through private messages..
    We cultivate this in Kashmir and hence the purest quality is guarented.

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    Saffron works wonders with infants and kids when applied as 'paththu' -(after heating it with water to make a paste like consistency) externally for running nose/cold. i can vouch for this, it immediately arrests running nose and stops cold infection from worsening further to cough and phlegm (the cough cold decongestant syrups like tminic convert running nose to worse cold with phlegm)
     
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    Saffron is rich in color, aroma it reduces the heat induced quality in mango shakes, .

    It cools any drink ,adds to taste, and flavor. To treat depression, one can make saffron tea . It improves blood circulation and cures bruises.
    It also lowers blood cholestrol, and tryglycerides. It helps in arthiritis.
    Mixing a pinch of saffron can also act as a good memory enhancer. It can soothe stomach ache also .
     

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