Water Caltrop, Water Chestnut

Water Caltrop, Water ChestnutSanskrit name: Jalphala, Singhada
Botanical name: Trapa natas
Habitat: It is native to India and China.





  • Rasa (taste): Astringent, Sweet
  • Virya (action): Cooling
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effect): Sweet
  • Doshas (constitutions): Balancing for vata and pitta, may aggravate kapha

General information

Water Chestnut has been used in Holistic Chinese Treatments and also Ayurveda mentions its uses for medicine preparation. It is a non starchy food and is widely grown and used in culinary purposes. It is highly rich in phenols and antioxidants, which also renders it properties like antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory. It is a mild laxative in nature and is beneficial in treating gastrointestinal disorders. It also helps in purifying blood and regulates the circulation. It contains high water contents and water soluble vitamins. It helps in pacifying Pitta Dosha.

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