Top 10 Health Benefits and Medicinal Uses of Bala (Sida Cordifolia) for Weight Loss, Hair and Skin

Bala meaning and introduction

The bala ayurvedic herb has been used for beautifying purposes since ancient times. In Ayurveda, bala is one of the important herbs, which is used for various purposes like weight loss, skin glowing, boosting physical stamina, bodybuilding, aphrodisiac, etc.  The herb enhances the beauty along with Ashoka and Shatavari. The plant originated in India and Sri Lanka.  Stem and roots are the part of the plant which is used as medicine.

Health benefits of sida cordifolia

bala benefits and uses

  1. Weight loss: The ayurvedic herb contains stimulant alkaloids, which play an important role in shedding extra fats thus good for weight loss.
  2. Hair: A plaster made up of Bala, Jatamansi, Amalaki, and Kushtha is applied to hair to promote the growth of hair.
  3. Skin glowing: It is said that since ancient times, sida cordifolia has been used to increase the beauty of kings and queen. The herb enhances the beauty along with Ashoka and Shatavari.
  4. Asthma: It is good to relieve chest congestion and helpful in case of bronchitis and asthma.
  5. Vata disorders: It is considered the best nervine tonic and rejuvenating for all kinds of Vata disorders.
  6. Tuberculosis: The decoction of its root is highly beneficial for tuberculosis, especially when taken with ghee and honey.
  7. Pain: The regular use of this herb is beneficial in overcoming arthritis and joint pains. It also helps to reduce the stiffness of joints.
  8. Sperm count: The use of this medicinal herb is helpful to increase both the quality and quantity of sperm, thus beneficial in the case of male and female infertility. It also controls the pre-ejaculation of sperms.
  9. Piles: It is quite effective for piles. The cooked leaves are generally used to treat bleeding piles.
  10. Swelling: The massage with its oil is good for swelling. The crushed leaves are also used for wound dressing.

10 Medicinal uses of sida cordifolia

  1. It is used as an analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and hypoglycemic agent.
  2. Since it is anti-inflammatory, it is used to treat inflammation of wounds.
  3. Bala is a diuretic and stimulates the central nervous system.
  4. It s used as a rejuvenating, nutritive, and stimulant of the heart.
  5. It is used as milk decoction with sugar to improve general health and curb sexual debility.
  6. The use of country mallow is taken as immunity-boosting food.
  7. Since, it is anabolic to muscle tissue, which leads it to one of the best supplements for athletes.
  8. In the case of facial palsy, paralysis, and spondylosis, its medicated oil is used as a massage. The massage of it also helps to increase muscle tone.
  9. It helps to remove excess mucous from the body.
  10. It is used as a diuretic i.e. helps to increase the amount of urine excretion.

Nutritional facts of Bala

Sida cordifolia is having some important biochemical substances such as fatty oils, phytosterol, resin, resin acids, mucin, potassium nitrate, ephedra, pseudoephedrine, sterculic acid, malvalic acid, saponins, hypaphroine, palmitic acid, stearic acid, etc.

Side effects of sida cordifolia

There are some precautions to Bala. All these have to be taken care of.

  • It contains ephedra, which may cause serious consequences, even death.
  • Memory loss
  • High blood pressure
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Nervousness
  • Stroke
  • It can increase Kapha.
  • Constipation
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Irritability


Different names of bala

  • Hindi: Barial
  • Latin: Sida cordifolia
  • English: Country mallow
  • Bengali: Berela
  • Sanskrit: Bala
  • Kannada: Chitturharalu
  • Malayalam: Katturam
  • Telugu: Cherubenda
  • Marathi: Bala
  • Gujarati: Jangli methi

Ayurvedic properties of Bala

  • Rasa (taste): Sweet
  • Guna (physical properties): Light and sticky
  • Vriya (potency): Cold
  • Vipaka (metabolic activities): Sweet
  • Attributes: Heavy, unctuous, and slimy
  • Dosha: Alleviates Vata and Pitta
  • Action: Tonic, rejuvenating, aphrodisiac, augments ojas

Bala varieties

There are four varieties of Bala mentioned in ayurvedic texts.

  • Batyalaka (Sida cordifolia)
  • Mahabala (Sida rhomboidea)
  • Atibala (Sida rhombifolia)
  • Nagabala (Sida alba)

Bala powder uses and benefits

Bala powder has healing properties, helps to balance tridoshas (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha) thus protects the body from various diseases and disorders. The powder is used as an appetizer and enriched with anti-oxidants.  Being a CNS-depressant, it is beneficial for anxiety and sleep disorder patients. The powder is also used to remove general weakness and building up stamina.

9 thoughts on “Top 10 Health Benefits and Medicinal Uses of Bala (Sida Cordifolia) for Weight Loss, Hair and Skin”

  1. A very informative blog indeed. The facts and uses of Bala in treating the above-mentioned disease and problems are very fascinating and also the fact that is has been used in Ayurveda from such a long time tells us how limited is our knowledge about medicines and ancient literature.

    • Sure. However, its impact will be better if you take it after the consultation of an ayurvedic doctor before telling him about your age and any medical condition u have.

  2. Bala (Sida c.) Powder may be tinctured in 100 proof Vodka and ingested via medicine dropper. Jar half full of powder then filled with the alcohol and shaken daily for several weeks produces a world class stamina enhancer for those special times you may need one. The useful dosage for a male of 175-200 lbs appears to be one dropperful, which is actually half a dropper’s full capacity. I would not use it too often, but when you have work to do, it is just the ticket!


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