Written By: UMA Editorial Team |

Published on: November 27, 2023

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Bala, also known as Sida Cordifolia or Country Mallow, is an herb commonly used in Ayurveda, the ancient Indian healing system. It is classified as a “Sheet Virya” or “cool potency” herb and is known for its ability to reduce Pitta (bile) and Vata (wind). Bala has many health benefits, including its ability to nourish and strengthen the immune system, encourage toned muscles by providing support and helping fortify the muscle fibers, promote healthy nerve function, improve libido and fertility in both sexes, and act as a nerve tonic for Vata.

The plant itself is native to India and grows as a perennial subshrub of the mallow family Malvaceae. In Ayurveda it is used as a CNS depressant, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, hypotensive and hypoglycemic agent. It is also considered one of the best rasayanas – a class of herbs that are believed to promote physical health and mental well-being.

When taken orally in powder form or decoction (bhavna), Bala can be beneficial for treating various ailments such as arthritis pain relief, skin diseases like eczema or psoriasis, respiratory conditions such as asthma or bronchitis, digestive issues like constipation or indigestion, urinary tract infections (UTIs), diabetes management and more. Additionally it can be used externally for treating wounds or skin irritations.