Shivlingi seeds (scientifically known as Bryonia Laciniosa) is one of ayurveda’s most well-known discoveries, specifically used for sterility treatment. These seeds are well known for their anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, analgesic, anti-fungal, antihyperlipidemic, spermatogenic and antipyretic properties. These properties make it an effective uterine tonic that can cure infertility in women.
Shivlingi seeds are known to have a bitter, pungent taste. It is safe for most individuals when consumed in appropriate dosages under certified or professional supervision and provides a number of benefits such as:
1. Improves Female Fertility
Shivlingi seeds are known for promoting female fertility and are believed to increase the chances of a woman getting pregnant. Infertility is believed to be caused by a condition named diminished ovarian reserve (DOR), especially in older women.
Shivlingi seeds are known to help cure ovulation problems like DOR, by normalizing the menstrual cycle. However, this medication is contraindicated if the patient reports heavy bleeding during menstruation.
2. Enhances Male Libido And Sexual Health
Shivlingi seeds are recommended by Ayurveda practitioners as a potent aphrodisiac because of their positive influence on male sexual health. The appropriate dosage of these seeds has been found to increase the weight of important male sex organs like the epididymis, testes, and prostate. Not only does it help increase sperm count, it also boosts the nutrition level for spermatic fluid by increasing the fructose content in sperm cells.1 These favor male libido and fertility.
3. Lowers Fever
Shivlingi seeds are popularly used in Ayurveda for their anti-fever, antipyretic, and anodyne effects. The antipyretic action of shivlingi leaves is similar to that of paracetamol.2
4. Cures Constipation
Shivlingi contains a natural dietary fiber called glucomannan, which is a water-soluble fiber.3 It forms a bulky mass in the intestine by absorbing water and helps in bowel movement, thus acting as an effective cure for constipation, especially in children.4
5. Aids In Weight Loss
Shivlingi seeds perform an anti-obesity action on consumption. When taken regularly and in the right dosage, these seeds can help significantly in reducing body mass index (BMI) and body weight. This action is most likely the result of glucomannan which aids in healthy bowel movement.
How To Have Shivlingi Seeds
For maximum effectiveness, Ayurveda recommends ingesting shivlingi seeds with putrajeevak seed powder, which is beneficial for strengthening the muscles of the uterus and helps a woman get pregnant.
- Take putrajeevak seeds and shivlingi seeds and crush them to make a fine powder.
- Mix one spoonful of this powder with the milk of a cow who has given birth to a calf and consume this one hour before breakfast.
- Take another spoonful one hour before dinner.
Note: It is recommended to proceed with caution while ingesting any traditional medicine. Always consult your doctor and a certified herbalist/Ayurveda practitioner before going ahead.
Ingesting Shivlingi Seeds Does Not Guarantee A Male Child
The sex of the child is entirely dependent on the chromosome of the father (X for female and Y for male), never on what the parents eat. Though shivlingi seeds can increase the chances of conception, they have no role to play in fixing the child’s gender.
|↑1||Chauhan, N. S., and V. K. Dixit. “Effects of Bryonia laciniosa seeds on sexual behaviour of male rats.” International journal of impotence research 22, no. 3 (2010): 190-195.|
|↑2||Sivakumar, T., P. Perumal, R. Sambath Kumar, M. L. M. Vamsi, P. Gomathi, U. K. Mazumder, and M. Gupta. “Evaluation of analgesic, antipyretic activity and toxicity study of Bryonia laciniosa in mice and rats.” The American journal of Chinese medicine 32, no. 04 (2004): 531-539.|
|↑3||Singh, Vandana, and Tulika Malviya. “A non-ionic glucomannan from the seeds of an indigenous medicinal plant: Bryonia lacinosa.” Carbohydrate polymers 64, no. 3 (2006): 481-483.|
|↑4||Loening-Baucke, Vera, Erasmo Miele, and Annamaria Staiano. “Fiber (glucomannan) is beneficial in the treatment of childhood constipation.” Pediatrics 113, no. 3 (2004): e259-e264.|