Vijaya as a Herb
Vijaya is a very potent botanical herb with extensive medicinal properties. People trace its description back to the ancient era. Moreover, they have appreciated its immense value since the medieval period.
The classic Ayurvedic scriptures revere it and attribute many names to it, like Matulani, Bhanga, Jaya, Ranjika, Ananda, etc. It aptly goes by the name ‘God-Herb’ for its many benefits and working as ‘amrita’ or nectar.
In one of the most important scriptures, Atharva Veda’s Book 11, Hymn 8 (or 6), Verse 15, mentions that:
पञ्च राज्यानि वीरुधां सोमश्रेष्ठानि ब्रूमः।
दर्भो भङ्गो यवः सह ते नो मुञ्चन्त्व् अंहसः॥
It means, “May the five plant kingdoms ruled by Lord Soma, deliver us from our troubles.” One of those five plants is Vijaya. Vijaya meaning victory, got this name because it gives you a win over the Arishadvargas or the six enemies of the human mind.
How does it Treat Pain?
Experts propose Ayurvedic Vijaya for various pharmacological uses. Among them, pain management is its most important use. Be it post-operative, chronic, or acute pain. It can be due to osteoarthritis, joint problems, nerve damage, muscle strain, etc.
The herb has natural chemical substances in it. They have efficient pain-relieving characteristics. When consumed, they bind with the cannabinoid receptors, spread throughout our bodies. Furthermore, they stimulate them to reduce the excruciating pain sensations.
Vijaya affects the body’s nervous and immune systems positively. Its chemical secretions work in sync with the body’s endocannabinoid system. Hence, it acts as an analgesic, pain reliever and decreases inflammation. It can also slow down the progression of diseases like nerve damage and arthritis.
This property of the God-Herb has attracted many researchers worldwide, who are now endorsing its properties. They explore its anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving traits on various joints, ligaments, cartilage, and neighbouring tissues.
The ancient scriptures show a deep reverence for Vijaya. Apart from that, there have been many clinical trials and research done on this herb’s working.
Recently, the Nordic Cannabis Research Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark, conducted an assessing review of the myriad of studies and clinical trials on the effect of Vijaya and its derivative medicines on pain. They were randomized and placebo-controlled.
The initial studies were to check the efficacy of inhaled Vijaya. The experts asked the fifty-five people who presented painful sensory neuropathy first to inhale Vijaya thrice a day for five days. After the period, they reported a decrease in pain intensity by over 30%.
The trials also involved the effects of oral Vijaya medications. They showed a significant reduction in their central and peripheral neuropathic pain after four weeks’ treatment. The treatment showed no serious adverse side effects. However, they observed slight drowsiness and dizziness in some cases.
Researchers conducted a two-phase study to observe Vijaya’s effect on cancer pain, which was non-responsive to conventional opioids. The patients reported favourable results after treatment and a significant improvement in their physical functionality.
Another one hundred and seventy-seven patients with cancer pain took part in the medication trial. They showed significant analgesic effects with mild to moderate side effects in extremity.
Why are they Preferred over the Conventional?
Vijaya is highly sought-after and recommended by medical practitioners and health experts today. The reason is that it does not work in the way traditional pain killers and NSAIDs work.
Opioids act on opioid receptors. They are highly concentrated in the spinal cord, brainstem, and limbic system. Hence, they have a high damage risk with a higher dose and can even cause death. In contrast, Vijaya works on cannabinoid receptors, which have a high concentration in brain areas responsible for emotion, memory, motor control, etc.
So, even if an overdose happens, there would be minor side effects like headache, nausea, dizziness, etc. Hence, Vijaya is an effective alternative to conventional opioids and pain killers today.
The Right Usage
There are many guidelines mentioned in the scriptures for Vijaya’s consumption. They include dedicated purification methods, ayurvedic formulations, and preventive measures. Always look for research-based, non-GMO, preservative-free medical cannabis tablets from reliable brands.
Consult our Ayurvedic doctor about how you can include it in your regimen and do away with traditional, side-effect-laden painkillers.
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More and more people today now rely on Vijaya for alleviating their pains and disorders. Instead of traditional pain killers, opioids, and NSAIDs. Studies show a positive effect of Vijaya on treating pain. Moreover, they prove it practical for all variants of pain: post-trauma, post-surgical, neuropathic, diabetic, HIV pain, cancer, pain, etc.
With modern science acknowledging its benefits, countries are revamping their policies. So that they can encourage the spread and availability of Vijaya, and it can be available for therapeutic and medical research purposes.
Researchers and experts report promising results in this field, and they are conducting further studies to explore more of Vijaya’s vast potential.
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