Back pain: My mom recommends Kamarkas for relief

Back pain can be a troublesome problem as it makes it difficult to focus on everyday tasks. Here is a nuskha, kamarkas, for back pain.
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Kamarkas for back pain relief. Image courtesy: Adobe Stock
Manasvi Jain Updated: 20 Jan 2023, 13:15 pm IST
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Did you know that there is a solution for most of your health problems sitting right at your home? It is most likely that your mother or grandmother may know about these nuskhas or home remedies. Recently my mom told me about kamarkas, a herb that can be magical for your back pain! Let’s find out more about this.

I saw my mother making laddoos in the kitchen, and was immediately excited by the prospect that she might be making besan laddoos or gond laddoos. But when I asked her, she told me she was preparing kamarkas laddoos! I was confused after hearing this new recipe. So, my mother went on to explain that kamarkas is a herb similar to gond (edible gum) in some way and has properties that can help with back pain relief.

What is kamarkas?

From further research, I found out that kamarkas is an Indian spice obtained from the gum or resins of an Asian deciduous tree named Palash, flame-of-the-forest, or bastard teak. The gum of this tree is known as Bengal kino, Chunia Gond, and butea gum and is well-known for its medicinal properties. This gum is then made into little gleaming dark red flakes of powder which we know as kamarkas.

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Kamarkas is similar to gond and is an edible gum! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

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How does kamarkas help with back pain?

I reached out to dietitian and nutritionist Avni Kaul, she explained that because of its antioxidant content, kamarkas powder is used in the form of spice to add flavour to food and because of its medicinal properties, it is also used as a herbal remedy to cure various health issues like insomnia, abdominal pain, and back waist pain. “Kamarkas assists to promote blood and lymph drainage, which boosts the elimination of toxins from the body,” says Kaul.

Kamarkas is known to help one get rid of back pain as it is made of herbal medicines. It is high in minerals. The nutritionist says that the mineral available in this all-natural sage relieves back pain and provides strength.

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Kamarkas will make you forget about your back pain! Image courtesy; Shutterstock

How to make kamarkas laddoos?

Kamarkas laddoos are very easy to make, are delicious and are a perfect way to include kamarkas in your diet. Here is the recipe of kamarkas laddu given by Avni Kaul.

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Laddus are a great way to include kamarkas in your diet! Image courtesy: Shutterstock


*¼ cup Kamarkas red gum
*2 cup wheat flour
*2 cup powdered sugar
*Handful of cashew nuts
*1/2 kg coconut or sesame oil.


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1. Take a pan and add a dash of sesame or coconut oil. Wait till it is hot.
2. Fry the kamarkas gum in it until it becomes dry.
3. When the gum becomes fully dried, add in the wheat flour and roast. Make certain to saute it, or else the gum might get stuck at the bottom.
4. Switch off the flame when the flour is fried and add sugar. Mix it properly.
5. Once the mixture cools down, take it out of the pan and make it into laddoos.

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