Latin Name: Sida Cordifolia
The Bala plant is associated with the ancient Hindu Goddess of beauty and grace Parvathi. The herb is part of the ‘magical trio combination’ associated with women in Indian herbal folk medicine “Tripura Sundari” in common language – meaning “thrice beautiful”. The other herbs recommended for beautifying women are: Ashoka and Shatavari.
Bala is one of the most valued and well used Ayurvedic herbs. It is used for weight loss, and boosting physical endurance and strength, often used by athletes and bodybuilders. It is also known as an Aphrodisiac.
Bala is a diaphoretic, diuretic, stimulating to the central nervous system and anti-asthmatic. So it would seem to have a stimulating, strengthening, energising effect.