Since April 12, 2004 herbs containing ephedrine alkaloids have been prohibited by the FDA for use in dietary supplements. The final rule states that it "does not affect the use of Ephedra preparations in traditional Asian medicine." Bala (Sida cordifolia) is an entirely different species of plant than Ephedra, but it does contain a relatively small amount of ephedrine alkaloids as do several other plants. Because of the way the final rule is written, it is currently unclear how bala may be used by practitioners of Ayurveda. As a result, Banyan does not market Bala as a dietary supplement. We do make it available as a bulk powder to Ayurvedic practitioners for traditional use in external preparations.
Bala's name means "strength" alluding to its power to strengthen and energize the body. As a common ingredient in Ayurvedic massage oils, it tones the muscles, calms the nerves and helps support muscle health and comfort.*
Used externally as an oil to support muscle health and comfort*
- Promotes muscular comfort*
- Tones the muscle tissue*
- Calms the nerves*
- Strengthens and energizes the body*
Bala Root Powder (Sida cordifolia)
This product is organically grown and processed in accordance with the USDA's National Organic Program (NOP).
This item contains no animal products and is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.