Sida cordifolia is also known as Bala in Ayurvedic medicine and it is one of the most useful medicinal plant in Ayurvedic literature. There are various varieties of “Bala” described in Ayurveda and all of them are used in medicine. Sida codifolia is plain Bala and Balarishta, Bala herb Powder are popularly used for various health concerns. Ashwagandha Bala massage oil is also very useful for emaciation in children and general weakness in men or women.
Sida cordifolia (Bala), country mallow, heart-leaf sida or flannel weed is a shrub of mallow family or Malvaceae family and is native to India. The other 4 types of Bala are other plants but due to their common uses, they are called Naagbala, Peetbala, Atibala and Bala. The plant Bala is Sida cordifolia. The cordifolia refers to the heart shaped leaves of the plant sida cordifolia.
Bala has anti inflammatory properties. Its preparations are used as external applications in swelling of wounds and inflammation of eyes. Oils prepared using this herb are very useful in arthritis and other diseases which affect joints. These oils help to reduce pain and inflammation.