Pathimukham (Caesalpenia sappan) is a perennial tree with pinnate compound leaves... The water kept in the heartwood of pathimukam tree is rich in minerals and has diuretic, anti- oxidative, thirst quenching, anti-bacterial and tonic properties. It is also blood purifying and is a good drink for persons with diabete
Pathimugam or Indian red wood soaked in water is a popular thirst quencher in Kerala. The bark of the tree is used to attain medicinal benefits. The healing water that turns light pink in color is used as a cure for kidney disorders, skin diseases, cholesterol, blood purification and diabetes. All you need to do is to boil the water with pathimugam for 2-3 minutes, strain the water and consume it with your meals or anytime of the day.
Water boiled with sappanwood shavings has antimicrobial properties. That's because the wood itself has methanol which can inhibit methicillin- resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteria , which causes skin infections, food poisoning and joint infections.
Washing your face with sappanwood water can be an effective acne treatment. Brazilein, a red pigment found in sappanwood extract has shown to fight Propionibacterium acnes  that cause acne and inflammation of the eyelids
Tea lovers know that they get their daily dose of antioxidants from tea. But tea can also cause severe acidity and caffeine addiction. If you want a great tea substitute that will give you all the antioxidants minus its demerits, try sappanwood tea instead. A study has shown that sappanwood provides more antioxidants and better protection from free radicals than quercetin  found in antioxidant-rich foods like blueberries. Read caffeine-free tea substitutes.
Those with allergy problems should gulp down copious amounts of sappan wood water. Studies  have shown that the compounds in sappan wood, especially sappan chalcone has powerful anti-allergic properties.
Those who suffer from convulsions due to epilepsy and other disorders should reap the benefits of sappan wood. Research has concluded that extracts of pathimugam or has shown anticonvulsant activities.
Sip a cup of sappan wood water for good heart health. Studies have shown that Brazilein, the red pigment in the wood has positive effects on cardiac health.
The wood occurs in red, hard, heavy pieces, or in orange-red chips. If "Pathimugam" is boiled in water, the water gets purified and thereby drinking this water can prevent epidemic diseases spreading through water.
This tree brightens the future of pharmaceuticals industries. This herbal drinking water has the ability to cure anti-thirst, improvement of complexion and tendency to cure many types of diseases such as cancer, kidney disorder, piles, cholesterol, blood purification, stomach ailments, skin diseases, diabetics, heart diseases etc.
For preparing this valued and amazing Kerala Ayurvedic water, firstly take a bowl and add water, boil it for about 2 – 3 minutes, add pathimugam and later strain the water and serve water hot.
Strain out the spices and pour the water into a thermo flask and sip throughout the day. This recipe is thirst quenching and refreshing.
When used regularly this spiced water can help reduce headaches, sluggishness and aid digestion. It's fine to drink regular water throughout the day when using spiced water, the two compliments each other very well. If the weather is cold you can drink the water hot straight from your flask, in warmer weather, or if your body is feeling hot, you can let it cool to room temperature first, but it will work best if it isn't completely cold.
Cumin, coriander, dried ginger or some herbs.
Pathimukam or Sappanwood is a one of a thorny tree which grows up to a height of 6-9m and has a thickness of 15-25 cm in trunk diameter. The heartwood of this tree is used for producing a red colour which is used in colouring fabrics and food. It is also cultivated for its medicinal value. Various parts of the plant like heartwood, barks, flowers and roots are all used for different purposes. Water boiled with Pathimukam or Sappanwood heartwood pieces is known for its rich diuretic, thirst quenching, anti-bacterial and anti-oxidative properties. It has blood purifying qualities and is considered to be a good drink for diabetic patients. People make use of this water for the treatment of cough, jaundice, respiratory problems etc.
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