अतसी मधुरा तिक्ता स्निग्धा पाके कटूर्गरू: Ι

उष्णा दृकशुक्रवातघ्नी कफपित्तप्रकोपिणी  ΙΙ

Botanical Name :Linumustitissimum Linn


   Classification :

§  According To Modern

o   Kingdom        :       Plantae

o   Subkingdom  :       Tracheobionta

o   Superdivision:        Spermatophyta

o   Division         :       Magnoliophyta

o   Class               :      Magnoliopsida

o   Subclass         :       Rosidae

o   Order              :     Linales

o   Family             :     Linaceae

o   Genus             :      Linum L.

o   Species           :      Linumusitatissimum L.

§  According To Ayurveda

  • Charak

Not mentioned in Varga

  • Sushruta

Not mentioned in Gana

  • Pr.Ni



  • Other Names Of Atasi
    • Latin Name :
      • Linumusitatissimum
    • English :
      • Linseed, Flaxseed
    • Ayurvedic :
      • Atasi,
      • Umaa,
      • Masrnaa,
      • Nilapushpi,
      • Kshumaa,
    • Unani :
      • Kattan
    • Siddha :
      • Ali,
      • Virai,
      • Sirrali (Seed)
    • Assamese :
      • Tisi,
      • Tusi
    • Bengali :
      • Masina,
      • Atasi
    • English :
      • Linseed
      • Flaxseed
    • Gujrati :
      • Alshi,
      • Arasi
    • Hindi :
      • Alsi,
      • teesi,
      • tisi
      • Alasi,
    • Kannada :
      • Agasebeeja,
      • Semeagare,
      • Agasi
    • Kashmiri :
      • Alsi
    • Malayalam :
      • Agastha,
      • Agasi,
      • Cheru charm
    • Marathi :
      • Atshi
    • Oriya :
      • Atushi
    • Punjabi :
      • Ali
    • Tamil :
      • Ali,
      • Virai
      • Aalisidirai,
    • Telugu :
      • Avisa
      • Alsi
    • Urdu :
      • Alsi,
      • Katan,


  • General Information :

Habit-Annual herb, root-Tap root system and branched, stem- Herbceous, erect and branched.  Leaf-simple , alternate, linear- laneolate , entire. Inflorescence- Scorpiod cyme, flower- Bisexual, complete, blue or white  attractive. Fruit- 5 called capsule with septicidaldehiscence , seeds are flat and shining.


  • Types Of Plant’s
    • Gangetic
    • Peninsular

Properties (Gunadharma)

  • Rasa-Madhur, Tikta
  • Vipak-Katu
  • Virya-Ushna
  • Guna-Guru,Snigdha, Picchila




  • Specific Parts
    • Seed, Oil, Flower


  • Doshaghnata
  1. Vataghna, Kapha, Pittavardhana









  • Shloka’s

अतसी मधुरा तिक्ता स्निग्धा पाके कटूर्गरू: Ι

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  • Benefits

1.      Reduces Cancer Risk

Cancer is an aliment which many researches and scientist are looking for supplements to cope it. Recent studies indicate that there is a relationship between flaxseed and reduced risk of cancer and this study is also supported by the American Institute for Cancer Research.

In an Initial stage it was found that flaxseed is effective against breast cancer, in further studies it was found that it is also beneficial in fight against ovarian, prostate and colon cancer. It was found that high levels of lignan contain in flaxseed helps to protect against breast cancer by blocking the enzymes involved in hormone metabolism which are responsible for the growth and spread of tumour cells. So consuming flaxseed to your diet can be good way to keep cancer at bay.

2.      2.Lowers Bad Cholesterol

Regular consumption of flaxseed may help to lower bad cholesterol from your body. Research study published in “Nutrition Research 2010” found that daily consumption of 100 mg of flaxseed was effective in reducing cholesterol levels in the blood and also reduced the risk of liver disease in men with high cholesterol levels.

It was found that several flavonoids in flaxseed helped in to lower levels of LDL (low density lipoprotein) known as “bad cholesterol” and may also reduce the risk of heart disease. The soluble fiber contains in Flaxseed also helps to prevent the absorption of cholesterol in the body.

Dose: Daily Consumption of 2 to 4 tablespoons can to help lower LDL cholesterol.

3.      3.Solves Hair Problems

Flaxseed can be the healthy diet to keep your all hair problems at bay. As flaxseed is rich in omega-3 fatty acids it can nourishes the hair follicles to make strong and healthy. The vitamin E in flaxseed also provides nourishment to the hair roots and scalp helps to treat hair loss preventing baldness. It can be helpful to the people to recover from the hair loss related problem such as psoriasis.

So consuming flaxseed or oil can be the good idea to solve hair loss problems diet. Those having problem with curly and frizzy hair can also use a hair gel prepared by boiling linseed in water.

4.      4.Promotes Weight Loss

If you are looking for a weight loss diet flaxseed can be the best option, it contain three main components that can aid weight loss, it’s due to properties like omega-3 essential fatty acids, lignans and fiber . Flax seed contain healthy fat and fiber that helps to suppress your appetite, keeping you to stay satisfied and fuelled for a longer time.

In addition to this it also contains vitamins B, potassium, Zinc and magnesium, which are necessary for in weight loss. It has been found that an inflamed body always tend to hold on to excess weight and consuming flaxseed can reduce inflammation.

To get the best result for weight loss use ground flaxseed rather than the whole ones. You can use it sprinkling on salads, yogurt, smoothes, soups, mixed juice or vegetable.

5.      5.Improves Digestive Health

A healthy fiber diet is essential for a healthy digestive system and flaxseed is high in fiber which is good for body. Consuming flaxseed can help to smooth the passage for food through the intestines and even boost the intestinal absorption of nutrients. In addition, flaxseeds and flaxseed oil work as natural laxatives may relieve constipation. The omega-3 fatty acids in flaxseed also protect the lining of the digestive tract and maintain gastrointestinal health.

Note: Make sure that when you consume flaxseed, drink a lot of water or which can cause some side effects. People who suffer from diarrhea and chronic, Crohn’s disease, diverticulitis digestive, irritable bowel syndrome or disorders should avoid flaxseed due to its laxative effect.

6.      6.Makes Skin Healthy

Flax seed oil and flaxseed have lot to give for your skin, healthy fats and vitamins B in flaxseed oil can benefit your skin in many ways. It can minimize skin irritation, tissue inflammation, rashes and even redness. In addition the omega-3 fatty acids in flaxseed can help to keep your skin hydrated and smooth and can accelerate the healing of skin wounds.

You can use linseed oil with a few drops of essential oil and apply on the skin; it can be a natural skin moisturizer. Eating flax seeds on a daily basis can also keep you healthy with younger looking skin.

.Eases Menopausal Symptoms

Regular consumption of flaxseed can help to improve symptoms of menopause. A study has shown that flaxseed can be very effective to combat the symptoms of menopause for menopausal women. The Lignans in flaxseed have estrogenic properties that can help to reduce hot flashes, vaginal dryness and mood disorder.

The University of Maryland Medical Center suggests that women can take 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed 2 or 3 times a day to treat symptoms of menopause and to keep menstruate in a regular cycle and to promote fertility.

 8.Protects Against Heart Disease

A doctor always quotes that healthy nutrient can keep many of heart disease at bay and flaxseed contains all that nutrients that can keep a heart healthy. It is rich in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats along with omega-3 fatty acids that are important to keep your heart in optimal Heath.

A study shows that a people who eat a healthy diet rich in alpha-linolenic acid (an omega-3 fatty acid) are less likely to have a heart attack. In addition, flaxseed helps to reduce heart disease and stroke by reducing build-up plaque in the arteries, and inflammation that are known to promote hardening of the arteries. So if you want diet for a healthy heart, you can include flaxseed.

  • Aids Detoxification

The main objective of detoxifying your body is to make sure harmful toxins, cholesterol and other waste products that are processed by the liver is properly removed. Flaxseed contains soluble and insoluble fibers that are very effective in flushing toxins from the intestinal tract.

In addition, flaxseed is loaded with essential fatty acids, particularly omega-3 faty acids which are essential for many functions of cleaning and maintenance of a healthy immune system.

When the body is free of toxins, you are less likely to suffer chronic fatigue, weakness, swelling, and congestion. It can be used both as a whole and ground flaxseed for detoxification.

  • Soak 1 tablespoon of whole flaxseed in a small bowl or cup of water keep it for overnight.
  • Next day morning, consume both the seeds and gel.
  • Repeat daily for 2 weeks.
  • You can also add ground flaxseed (1 tablespoon) to any green smoothie detox.
  • Stabilizes Blood Sugar

Regular consumption of flaxseed can improve levels of blood sugar in people with type-2 diabetes. A study published in “Public Library of Science 2007” stated that people who consumed flaxseed for 12 weeks had showed lower levels of blood sugar it is due to its lignan supplements found in flaxseed.

In addition alpha-linolenic acid, protein and fiber contained in flaxseed oil played an important factor for controlling blood sugar. Many complications such as kidney failure and reduce the risk of heart disease can be prevented by maintaining a normal blood sugar level.


  • Formulation
    • Name Indications
    • Atasyadilepa –          Vranasotha
    • AtasiUpanaha –          Sotha
    • Punarnavasava –          Sotha, Udararoga
  • Chemical Composition.

Campesterol, %- Dehydroavenasterol, Sitosterol, Cycloartenoletc, from seeds

  • Home Remedies
    • Vatarakta (Gout)

In vatarakta(Gout ) paste prepared with milk from seeds of Uma (Linumusitatissimum ) and Eranda (Ricinuscommunis) is applied. If pain is present then one can add satahwa(Anethumsowa ) also.

  • Research Corner

A study is conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of Linumusitatissimum in Carpal tunnel syndrome. After the intervention significant improvement was observed regarding boston Carpal Tunnel Questionnaire symptomatic severety and functional status mean difference (P<0.001) in the linseed oil group compared with those in the placebo group. Study confirms that linessed oil is effective  in mild and moderate Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.



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