Latin name: Pterocarpus marsupium Roxb. (Fabaceae)
Sanskrit/Indian name: Bijaka, Pitasara, Pitashalaka, Vijaysar
Indian Kino Tree, which is known by different names in different regions of India, has a number of therapeutic uses. A poultice made from the bark and leaves of the tree possesses astringent properties, which is useful in treating skin conditions. Indian Kino Tree also has potent anti-hyperlipdemic properties and helps in reducing total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein and serum triglyceride levels in the body.
The flavonoid constituents marsupin, pterosupin and liquiritigenin, found in Indian Kino Tree, reduce serum triglycerides, total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein in the blood.
Key therapeutic benefits:
- As an antibacterial and an astringent, Indian Kino Tree helps to heal cuts, bruises and other skin conditions.
- It is effective in lowering blood sugar and total cholesterol levels in the body.