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Reetha: Sapindus trifoliatus

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Reetha Powder 2 oz

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Reetha Powder 1/2 Lb

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Reetha Capsules 60capsules

One of the best hair nourishing Ayurveda herbs
Very useful in psychological problems
Nourishes the skin and benefits in all skin diseases
An Ayurveda herb for burning fat
Use cautiously during pregnancy as it induce abortion
Can be used as contraceptive

Common Name:
Soap nut tree of south India

Sanskrit Name:

  • Arishtaka
  • Phenila: as it produces too much foam when rubbed in water
  • Raktabeej: As its seeds are red in colour
  • Grabhapatana: Which causes abortion because of the contractions in uterus

Lt. Name:
Sapindus trifoliatus - Sapindaceae

Bio energetics:

  • Rasa: Tikta (Bitter); Katu (Pungent)
  • Guna: Laghu (Light); Tikshna (Sharp in action)
  • Virya: Ushna (Hot)
  • Vipaka: Katu (Pungent)
  • Prabhava (Special action for which there is no explanation): Vamana (Induces vomiting)

Chemical composition of Reetha:

(+)- saponin A, saponin C, sapindosid A, sapindosid B, emarginatoside-B, emarginatoside-C, carrageenan, histamine, serotonin, zymosan, type II cyanolipids, fatty acid, oleic acid, arachidic acid, 11-iecosenoic acid, cisvaccenic acid, 13-eicosenoic acid.

Effect of Reetha on Tridoshas:

Soap Nut Powder pacifies all the three Doshas. So it can be used effectively in all the diseases.

Home Remedial Uses of Reetha in Ayurveda:

  • Tridoshghna: Reetha Powder is among some unique Ayurveda herbs which pacify and harmonize all the three Doshas.
  • Grabhapatana: Soap Nut Powder should be taken very cautiously and should be avoided during pregnancy as it can induce abortion.
  • Grahajid: In Ayurveda Graha stands for celestial bodies which are out of human control and the disease for which there appear no apparent reason are believed to be caused by them these specially include psychological problems. Soap Nut powder is a recommended dietary supplement for such health issues.
  • Kushtha kanduhara: Soap Nut Powder is among the most nutritious Ayurveda herbs for skin and a recommended supplement for skin diseases.
  • Lekhana: In Ayurveda terminology Lekhana means scrapping; Reetha Powder is very useful for its scrapping action for the waste deposits and the extra fat in the body. It is a recommended dietary supplement for burning fat. .
  • Vamana: Soap Nut Powder induces vomiting so it can be used where vomiting is the need of hour.
  • Shirsharujahara: As said above Soap Nut Powder can induce vomiting which is the treatment of choice for aggravated Kapha Dosha and head is the resident area for Kapha Dosha in our body. Thus Soap Nut powder is a recommended natural remedy for headache and related conditions.
  • Ardhashirsha Vyatha hara: Reetha is especially useful in headache which affects half portion of head.
  • Visha nashanam: Soap Nut possesses anti oxidant properties.

Research done on Reetha Powder:

  • Soap nut Powder have historically been used in folk remedies as a mucolytic agent, emetic, contraceptive, and for treatment of excessive salivation, epilepsy and to treat chlorosis. Modern scientific medical research has investigated the use of soap nut powder in treating migraines.
  • Use for Contraception: Investigation of the contraceptive capability of plant saponins has shown some spermicidal capacity for certain extracts. While the Sapindus saponins have not been proven be as effective as more commonly used spermicides it has been shown that they are less irritating than chemical alternatives.
  • Anti Convulsant Activity: Results of the study revealed that aqueous extract of Sapindus trifoliatus possess anticonvulsant effects in Swiss Albino Rats and also reduce mortality. The present work did not include the identification of the active principal and its mechanism of action. Therefore, further research should be carried out to identify the active principal and elucidate the exact mechanism of action
    • Evaluation into Antiepileptic Activity of Aqueous Extract of Sapindus trifoliatus (Pericarp) in Swiss Albino Rats T. Jayasree, Ghouse Basha, N. Chandrasekhar, Shaikh Ubedulla Iqbal, Rohit Dixit and V.S.Manohar
  • Anthelmintic Activity: Sapindus trifoliate seed extract was effective at all concentrations tested against the Standard drug, Albendazole in causing the death of earthworm.
    • Anthelmintic Activity Of Sapindus Trifoliatus Seed Extract Kota Chaitanya Sravanthi, Manthri Sarvani, Sidagonde Srilakshmi
  • Analgesic Action: The effect of the aqueous extract of Sapindus trifoliatus on chemical, thermal-induced pain, nitroglycerin-induced hyperalgesia and pain on inflamed tissue was investigated. The extract (20 and 100 mg x kg(-1), i.p.) significantly inhibited acetic-acid-induced abdominal constrictions, formalin-induced pain licking and hotplate-induced pain in mice. Furthermore, the extract significantly increased the response latencies of nitroglycerin-induced hyperalgesia by the tail-flick method and mechanical pain on carrageenan-induced inflamed paw in rats. The data suggest that ST has an inhibitory activity on both peripheral and central pain mechanisms and has a modulatory role in NO-mediated nociceptive transmission.
    • Investigations into the antinociceptive activity of Sapindus trifoliatus in various pain models. D K Arulmozhi, A Veeranjaneyulu, S L Bodhankar, S K Arora
  • Anti Inflammatory: Anti-inflammatory activity of the ethanolic extract of the seeds of Sapindus trifoliatus Linn. was studied in wister rats using the carrageenan induced left hind paw edema, carrageenan induced pleurisy and cotton pellet induced granuloma model. The ethanolic extract (150 mg/kg, p.o.) produced the inhibition of carrageenan induced rat paw edema. It also showed an inhibitory effect on leukocyte migration and a reduction on the pleural exudates as well as reduction on the granuloma weight in the cotton pellet granuloma method. The results indicated that the ethanolic extract produced significant (P < 0.001) anti-inflammatory activity when compared with the standard and untreated control.
    • Anti-inflammatory activity of Sapindus trifoliatus Linn.

Useful part of Reetha:


Doses of Reetha:

Powder 3-6 Gm

Best Recommended Uses of Reetha Powder in Ayurveda:

  • Soap Nut powder is an important ingredient of natural soaps and shampoos as it nourishes skin as well as the hairs.
  • Soap Nut powder should be taken cautiously during pregnancy as it may cause abortion.

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