Zinda Tilismath is a herbal medicine formulated according to the ancient Unani formulas of medications. The name literally means, “Living magic”, because it cures a number of ailments that are quite common in everyday lives like cold, cough, stomach discomfort, etc. It has anti-microbial, anti-viral or immunity booster properties due to its herbal ingredients. Due to its pure herbal & essential oil composition, numerous benefits and no side-effect has been recorded since its inception, it is an over-the-counter drug i.e. you don’t need any kind of doctor’s prescription to buy or use it.
This Unani medicine was first formulated by Hakeem Mohammed Moizuddin Farooqui in the year 1920. It was the era when Spanish flu pandemic had caused huge number of casualties worldwide. Since then, millions of families have benefited from its effective disease curing properties. It has now completed 100 successful years as a trusted herbal medicine.
Zinda Tilismath acquired Nizams Crown (Dastaar) as its official trade mark because it was manufactured during Nizams regime in Hyderabad. Its marketing logo is a face of an African guy who was considered as a symbol of healthiness and trust during Nizams rule.
Zinda Tilismath Uses
It is quite unbelievable to digest the notion that a single herbal medicine can serve as a versatile means of curing various illnesses of different etiologies. However, Zinda Tilismath is a practical example of it. Even research study has admitted Zinda Tilismath benefits as an effective anti-bacterial, antifungal, analgesic, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and spasmolytic. (Chaudhari et.al. 696)
The various ailments which can be cured by this Unani medicine include common cold, coryza (blocked nose), cough; sore throat and dysphagia (difficulty in swallowing); abdominal/stomach discomforts like indigestion, flatulence, burping/belching, retching/vomiting feeling, diarrhea (loose motions), and constipation; breathing problems in both children and adults; pains in tooth, ear, muscles, and headaches; and eczema (itching and reddening of skin).
Contraindications and Side Effects
Another astonishing feature of Zinda Tilismath is that it has no side effects. It is made up of 100% pure natural ingredients. Moreover, there are no contraindications in its use during pregnancy. However, it is advised to seek medical assistance if your symptoms are not alleviating, or if the disease worsens.
Zinda Tilismath Ingredients and their Individual Effects
The things which make Zinda Tilismath an amazingly curative medicine are its ingredients. It is a blend of just a few herbs and essential oils. No artificially manufactured substance is part of its composition.
According to a study, essential oil portion of Zinda Tilismath is chemically composed of terpenes and their oxygenated derivatives which have the antimicrobials, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and all other properties like we have mentioned above. (Kumar et. al. 67)
In general, there are five natural ingredients in this herbal formulation which includes Eucalyptus Oil, Menthol, Thymol, Camphor, and Alkanna Tinctoria. A brief discussion about these ingredients and their individual health benefits are as follow:
· Eucalyptus Oil
Eucalyptus Oil is obtained from the fresh leaves of Eucalyptus tree. The main active ingredient is eucalyptol (1, 8-cineole) which constitutes antimicrobial as well as anti-inflammatory effects. It effectively kills gram positive as well as gram negative bacteria like Klebsiella, E. coli, Pseudomonas, Poteus, Streptococcus sp., etc. (Trivedi, & Hotchandani 94) These are the common pathogens of flu, oral, and throat infections.
Moreover, Brezáni et. al. have demonstrated that apart from the antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, eucalyptus oil is beneficial against viral infections like herpes HSV-1 and HSV-2. 
Menthol can naturally be obtained from peppermint oil of mint plants. It is renowned for its analgesic and anti-irritant effects. Its moderate topical application reduces heat hypersensitivity, muscle sprains and even headaches. (Pan et. al. 661) That’s why; it is a common ingredient of many itch relieving creams and lotions. As it is also an effective spasmolytic i.e. smooth muscle relaxant, it is effectively used to treat gastrointestinal disorders like colic and diarrhea. (Mikaili 131)
Thymol is commonly extracted from plants like Thymus vulgaris, Ajwain, etc. It possesses antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory properties, and is used to treat various respiratory, cardiovascular, and nervous disorders. (Salehi et. al. 1702) Apart from this, it is also used against number of bacterial, fungal and protozoal infections. All these features of thymol made Zinda Tilismath an effective treatment of various health disorders.
Camphor is obtained from an evergreen plant, caphor laurel, commonly found in Asia. It is chemically a terpenoid. Due to its antinoiciceptive effects, it is usually a part of creams and ointments used to relieve itching from insect bites or other skin irritants. Like Eucalyptus Oil, it helps in the treatment of skin lesions caused by herpes simplex virus. (Whitten 1) Anti-cough, insecticidal, and antimicrobial are some other beneficial effects of camphor.
· Alkanna Tinctoria
This herb, also known as dyer’s alkanet, belongs to the borage family. Its root rectifies the diminished blood circulation which is the reason of migraines and headaches. Moreover, it efficiently cures bone and muscle inflammations, and its scavenging property renders it anti-cancerous and anti-aging effects. (Abdel-Gelil et. al. 311-2)
How to use Zinda Tilismath for Cold
If you have a common cold, drink 10 drops of Zinda Tilismath with water, coffee, or tea, twice a day. Topical rubbing of 10 drops of it on your nose, neck and chest, is also very helpful. Thus, both external and internal application of this ayurvedic medicine relieves common cold.
How to use Zinda Tilismath for Sore Throat
Sore throat is pain and itching in the throat which makes swallowing difficult and painful. It is caused by viral and bacterial infections. Taking 10 drops of Zinda Tilismath orally twice a day and applying it inside the throat with the help of cotton swab treat sore throat within few days.
Usage Guidelines for Other Ailments
You can use it both externally and internally. Zinda Tilismath dosage and application slightly varies for different ailments. 2 times daily intake of 12 drops along with 1 oz water or, in case of diarrhea, with butter/curd 1 hour before food, cures various gastrointestinal disorders.
Inhalation of vapors along with oral intake relieves breathing problems like wheezing, bronchitis and nasal congestion in adults. For children below 3 years of age, mix two drops of the medicine with mother’s milk and feed, along with fomenting the mixture with the help of warm cloth.
External application of Zinda Tilismath cures headache, toothache, muscle aches, and skin itching.
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