Naresh Pareek/Churu. The weeds growing in Rajasthan, which is called the gateway to Thar, also sprout some herbs which have great importance in Ayurveda. Yes, the interesting thing is that this weed grows on its own in the fields and due to ignorance, farmers often uproot it from the fields and throw it away or feed it to animals.
One such fruit that grows in the Thar Desert is Tumba, which is very attractive in appearance but is quite salty in taste. But it is full of medicinal properties. Farmers of Sahnali Badi say that Tumba is considered a weed in the desert area. Which grows as a vine in the Kharif season. Farmers uproot it from the fields and throw it away, but during the rainy season it grows naturally in sand dunes. Here its seeds ripen and fall and then the same seeds grow again the next year.
Boon for animals in the desert
In summer, when water is not available anywhere in the sand, animals quench their thirst by eating it. Because the pulp of Tumba contains a lot of water like watermelon. Camels also eat it which fulfills their water needs. Along with camels, goats, cows, sheep and wild animals found in sandy areas also eat it with gusto. After eating, the seeds of Tumba also reach other areas through their feces.
Medicinal importance of Tumba
Tumba is used as a medicine for diseases. Noor Mohammad tells that by drying and grinding Tumba and taking its powder, any problem of constipation gets resolved. Besides, it is also used as Ayurvedic medicine in diabetes, jaundice, mental stress and urinary diseases. Many medicines in Ayurveda are also made from Tumba. It is a panacea for sugar, jaundice, mental stress, urinary diseases, colds, laxatives and ulcers, bile, stomach diseases, cough, leprosy and fever.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : September 21, 2023, 16:55 IST