COMMON WHEAT, Tristicum aestivum


Latin name: Tristicum aestivum

English name: Common wheat, Bread wheat

Sanskrit name: Godhuma

Medicinal parts used: Seeds, Roots

Triticum aestivum is an annual grass. Wheat is a good source of mineral nutrients. It contains significant amounts of iron, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper and zinc; iodine and cobalt are present in trace amounts. Whole wheat is a good source of thiamin and nicotinic acid. Wheat is a rich source of tocopherols with high vitamin-E potency that nourishes and prevents loss of moisture from the skin. The oil is used to tone and soften the lips and has a potent antioxidant activity. This protects the skin from scavenging free-radicals, prevents premature aging and reduces ultra violet rays induced damage. It helps in proper drainage of secretions from the sebaceous and other glands of the skin and thereby helps in preventing black heads.

Therapeutic use:

  • Cornered wheat is administered in states of demineralization, anemia, asthenia, growth, rachitis, tuberculosis, pregnancy, breastfeeding.
  • It is also recommended in sterility.
  • Germinated wheat contains 2 or 3 times more vitamin B than common wheat. This way, the germinated seeds are used for treating gastro-intestinal and cardiovascular maladies, skin diseases or hepatic and breathing affections.
  • It also has the property of balancing the body weight.
  • Wheat is useful in fighting against cholesterol, because it contains fat essential acids which prevent the forming on blood vessels’ walls.
  • As an alternative method it is also good against cancer.
  • It is also used in diarrhoea and dysentery.
  • A paste of the seeds mixed with buttermilk or whey, is given for diarrhoea.
  • A decoction of the roots is used as a diuretic and to treat rheumatism, gonorrhoea, and other diseases of the genito-urinary tract, jaundice and anasarca.

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