Kanchanar is a valuable herb (actually a tree), used since ancient times for reducing growths on the body and for strengthening the glandular system.
The Latin name is bauhinia variegata. Kanchanar is the Sanskrit name, which literally means that the flowers look like jewelry. This ornamental, flowering tree is a legume, sometimes called the orchid tree, camel's foot tree or mountain ebony in English.
There are two varieties of kanchanar, distinguished by the color of their flowers, which are either bright pink or white. Vaidya Mishra uses the pink (or red) variety because it naturally has more agni, giving it the ability to penetrate more easily into tumors and growths.
This is a general principle in Ayurveda that red colored plants usually have more agni (nature's warming, transforming intelligence) and white colored plants have more soma (nature's cooling, nurturing intelligence).
According to Bhava Prakash, kachanar is gandamalapaha (able to reduce swollen, inflamed glands). The term gandamala literally means that the glands are swollen in the neck and look like a garland.
Kanchanar has the property to clean the glands and reestablish the intelligence of the glands so that they can return to their normal size. It helps the entire glandular system, including both endocrine and exocrine glands, to become more intelligent.
Whether growths are caused by glandular swelling or are tumors in the body, kanchanar is able to reduce their size, according to the ancient Ayurvedic texts. Several of the physical properties of kanchanar support this ability.
Kanchanar is tuvera (very fast moving and deeply penetrating in the body). This helps kanchanar to penetrate into the tight tissues of swollen or high growth areas.
Kanchanar is also grahi (enhancing absorption), which helps to remove excess fluid from swollen areas. Finally, kanchanar is hima (cooling), which allows it to balance the inflammation associated with unusual growths and swellings.
Bhava Prakash also mentions that kanchanar is good for healing ulcers (vranapaha). It is also helpful for rectal prolapse (gudabhramsa), and it helps to reduce wasting (kashaya) by building the tissues.
It improves skin diseases (kushta), and it is especially helpful in a disease called raktapitta, where hemorrhaging occurs throughout the body due to high pitta (and amavisha) in the blood.
In this 9 minute audio lecture, Vaidya Mishra reads Sanskrit descriptions of kanchanar from Bhava Prakash, Sushrut and Charak Samhita. Vaidya Mishra goes through each Sanskrit word so that you can fully understand the verses in their own language, and he adds his experience as a healer.
As Vaidya Mishra says in this lecture, he is a big fan of kanchanar.
When you download the zip file for this section of the course (and unzip it using a free unzip program like 7-Zip), you will find a PDF file (which can be opened with the free Adobe Reader) and an MP3 file (which can be played on any MP3 player such as iPod or iTunes). You can listen to the audio alone, but for the first time through (at least), we recommend that you follow along with the PDF document to make sure that all of the concepts are clear. The PDF's sometimes contain visual diagrams in addition to the Sanskrit verses. If you learn visually, reading along with the PDF will be helpful.
We also recommend reviewing the PDF, and re-listening to the MP3 file many times, so that you begin to recognize the knowledge and own it. These MP3 files are especially good to put on your MP3 player so you can listen in the car. Just as it is easy to remember songs you hear over and over on the radio, you will find that the knowledge in these lectures will stick to you with no effort when you hear them over and over. You will also find that your understanding of the material deepens each time you hear them.
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