Black Gram - Vigna mungo. Black lentils and white urad dal nutrition facts and health benefits. Hindi, tamil and telugu tips for diabetics

Black Gram is also known as Phaseolus mungo / Vigna mungo (Scientific Binomial Name), black lentil (Common English), Maasha (Ayurvedic), Urd (Unani), urad / arad mung (Hindi / Urdu), uluntu / Ulundhu (Tamil), udid (Marathi), mashah (Sanskrit), mashakalai (Bengali), masamu / minumu / uddulu (Telugu), uddu (Kannada), ulunnu (Malayalam).

White Urad Dal Nutrition Facts

White urad dal is good source of protein, vitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin B2 (riboflavin) and vitamin B3 (niacin) and calcium. Black gram is used as a pulse. In the form of a confection, used for leucorrhoea and seminal debility. Oil extracts of the pulse is used externally in rheumatism, contracted knee, stiff shoulder. Black gram roots used as a poultice for inflammations and abscesses. Urad is also useful in the treatment of digestive disorders such as gastritis, dysentery, diarrhea, and liver disorders. But most significantly it is used to treat diabetes as medicine as well as part of diet for diabetes. For headaches due to sinus, roast black gram, grey sand and common salt in a pan and then transfer the heated mixture into a cloth bag. Bring this hot cloth bag close to your nostrils and take deep breaths as if you are smelling the cloth. Continue the process for 10-15 minutes. Make sure your head is covered while and after smelling. The inhaling of vapors immediately relieves blocked nose and headache caused by sinus. OR Take black gram powder, camphor and red silk cloth ash. Mix all ingredients with water to form a paste and apply on forehead in case of sinus headache.

Health Benefits of Black Gram

Washing the hair with a paste of cooked black gram dal and fenugreek seeds lengthens the hair. A fine paste made from pigeon pea or red gram (arhar dal) can also be applied regularly with beneficial results on bald patches. In Indian Ayurveda urad dal tree leaves can be prescribed to increase sperm count because of its invaluable property as an aphrodisiac. Application of a paste created with the use of black gram powder and water on the affected area can help in the treatment of vitiligo patches (leucoderma). Or Take 100 gram of black gram and soak it into water for 2 hours. Blend it to make a thick paste. Apply this paste on the affected areas and wash off after it dries. Do this for about four to five months for better results.

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