Vidari Kanda is one of the essential life-promoting, rejuvenative herbs of Ayurveda and is well known for its sweet taste and energizing effect. Being a starchy root, it is similar to ashwagandha and shatavari, and like many rasayana (aka rejuvenative) herbs, it has a special affinity for boosting the libido, enhancing fertility, strengthening the muscles, and reducing signs of aging.
Vidari is a great herb option for both Vata and Pitta types during times of depletion, fatigue, nervous system distress, and reproductive issues. It is great for men that are in need of increasing muscle mass, or are dealing with impotence, low sperm count, premature ejaculation, or an enlarged prostate. It is great for woman that are experiencing low progesterone levels (its a natural progesterone precursor), low fertility, endometriosis, inflammation in the uterus, or ovarian cysts. Vidari has been traditionally taken during pregnancy* to strengthen the placenta and nourish the fetus, and is routinely prescribed during the postpartum period to nourish the mama and boost lactation levels.
*Always check with your doctor before taking any herbs during pregnancy.
Vidari can be taken as a daily tonic for supporting healthy aging, maintaining optimal energy and strength, and promoting a healthy, youthful complexion. It is a natural source of zinc, calcium, and magnesium, making it a great tonic for supporting bone health. Due to its demulcent nature, Vidari is beneficial during many digestive complaints including constipation, hyperacidity, peptic ulcer, ulcerative colitis, leaky gut, and general inflammation in the GI tract. Vidari is a very versatile herb that nourishes all seven vital tissues of the body and can be used to treat many disorders and maintain a healthy system.
Although Vidari is a great herbal option for many individuals, it is not always the best choice for every-body. When taken in excess, Vidari can increase Kapha and create toxins. Therefore if you are experiencing high Kapha or currently have excessive toxins in the system, it is recommended to avoid Vidari until the Kapha has been balanced and the system has been cleansed.
Health Benefits of Vidari Kanda
- Rejuvenates and restores
- Increases energy, reduces fatigue
- Increases strength, builds muscle mass
- Reduces pain and inflammation
- Support health aging
- Beautifies the complexion
- Enhances the libido
- Boosts fertility
- Treats impotence and premature ejaculation
- Beneficial in endometriosis, inflammation in the uterus, and ovarian cysts
- Strengthens and helps heal women during the postpartum period
- Promotes healthy lactation (galactagogue)
- Soothes and relaxes the digestive tract
- Alleviates constipation, gas, and bloating
- Beneficial for ulcers, ulcerative colitis, hyperacidity, and inflammation in the GI tract
- Heart tonic
- Nervous system tonic
- Beneficial in nervous system disorders such as insomnia, anxiety, and Parkinson’s
- Increases the health of the bones; useful in osteoporosis and bone fractures
- Reduces intraocular pressure in glaucoma
- Reduces fever
- Soothes a sore throat and cough
- Expels excessive mucus
- Balance the immune system (immunomodulator); beneficial in autoimmune disorders
How To Take Vidari Kanda
For increasing energy:
Take 1 teaspoon of vidari with 1 teaspoon of honey and 1 teaspoon of ghee. Blend them together to make a paste and wash this down with warm water. Take this in the morning and mid-day during times of fatigue, low energy, and depletion.
For increasing strength and muscle mass:
For reproductive health in men:
Mix equal parts of ashwagandha and vidari together. Take 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of this blend in 1/2 cup of warm water, three times daily before meals. For added benefit, add in one stigma of saffron per dosage.
For reproductive health in women:
Mix equal parts of shatavari and vidari together. Take 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of this blend in 1/2 cup of warm water, three times daily before meals. For added benefit, add in one stigma of saffron per dosage.
For postpartum and lactation:
Take 1/2 teaspoon of vidari, 1/2 teaspoon of shatavari, and 1/4 teaspoon of ginger powder in 1/2 cup of warm milk, three times daily before meals. For added benefit, add in 1 stigma of saffron per dosage.
Mix 1 teaspoon of vidari in 1 cup of warm milk. Add in 1 teaspoon of ghee and drink each night before bed for healthy elimination in the morning.
For hyperacidity, ulcers, and inflammation in the GI tract:
Mix equal parts of vidari, shatavari, and licorice together. Take 1 teaspoon of this blend 15 to 30 minutes before each meal in 1 teaspoon of ghee. If ghee is not preferred, take the herbs in 1/2 cup of warm water.
For nervous system health (insomnia, anxiety, ADHD, Parkinson’s, etc):
Mix equal parts of vidari, ashwagandha, and kapikachu together. Take 1 teaspoon in 1 cup of warm almond milk 2 to 3 times daily. This should be taken during the Vata times of the day (2-6 am and pm) and again before bed if needed.
This blend can be taken by children (3 years and older) by adding in 1 to 2 teaspoons of honey and reducing the dosage of herbs to 1/8 teaspoon (3 to 5 years old), 1/4 teaspoon (6 to 10 years old), and 1/2 teaspoon (10 to 16 years old).
For autoimmune disorders:
Mix equal parts of vidari and guduchi together. Take 1 teaspoon of this blend in 1/2 cup of warm water, three times daily before meals. For increased benefit, add in 1/4 teaspoon of dry ginger to each dosage.