Latin name: Saraca asoca (Roxb.) De Wilde, Saraca indica auct. non linn.
Sanskrit/Indian name: Ashoka, Gandhapushpa, Ashok
The Ashoka Tree is one of the most sacred and legendary trees in India. Several Ayurvedic scriptures have inscribed its medicinal importance. The Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia of India recommends the bark in cases of heavy and prolonged menstrual periods, infection of the lymph nodes and inflammation.
The powdered bark of the tree consists of silica, sodium, potassium phosphate, magnesium, iron, calcium, strontium and aluminum. The seeds contain oleic, linoleic, palmitic and stearic acids, which makes it an excellent uterine tonic.
Key therapeutic benefits:
- The bark of the tree helps in controlling uterine fibroid bleeding and leukorrhoea.
- Ashoka Tree extracts are effective in treating dysentery.
- Ashoka Tree lowers blood sugar, which in turn helps in treating diabetes.