ASHOKA (SARACA ASOCA)
The bark is bitter and acrid.
It used as refrigerant, astringent, alexiteric, anthelmintic, demulcent, emollient.
Ashoka cures dyspepsia, burning sensation, diseases of the blood, biliousness, effects of fatigue, colic, piles, ulcers, menorrhagia.
Flowers used in hemorrhagic dysentery.
Saraca asoca is a plant belonging to the Detarioideae subfamily of the legume family. It is an important tree in the cultural traditions of the Indian subcontinent and adjacent areas. It is sometimes incorrectly known as Saraca indica. The flower of Ashoka tree is the state flower of Indian state of Odisha. According to Ayurveda, Ashoka is useful in controlling internal bleeding, especially in the case of piles due to its Kasaya (astringent) property. It is also beneficial in relieving pain and healing wounds faster due to its Ropan (healing) property. Ashoka tree is not only a sacred and traditional plant in India but also it is utilized as a medicinal tree. Its leaves and barks are commonly used as traditional, herbal and alternative therapies.
Some of its uses are as:
- The root, bark and seeds of Ashoka are useful in the treatment of skin conditions including; eczema, acne, dermatitis, herpes scabies and psoriasis.
- It is also widely used to rejuvenate the complexion.
- It reduce freckles and calm down inflammation.
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