Ayurveda – Ashoka Herb

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Ayurveda – Ashoka herb and its medical importance

Ashoka is an important Ayurvedic herb used mainly in bleeding gynecological conditions. Its botanical name is Saraka indica or Saraca asoca and it belongs to Caesalpinoidae family.

Name in Hindi, Bengali, Gujarathi, Marathi – Ashoka – Bark of Saraca indica
Tamil name – Ashogam.

1:Sanskrit synonyms:
Ashoka – Shoka means grief. Ashoka means one that relieves pain and grief of women.
Hemapushpa – flowers of golden colour.
Tamrapallava – tender leaves have coppery red colour

Use and Properties:
It is useful in menorrhagia (scant menses),dysmenorrhea (painful menses, menstrual cramps),depression, bleeding hemorrhoids, uterine fibroid, considered a uterine sedative and tonic. Useful in Leucorrhoea.
It is cool, absorbent.

Improves skin complexion
natural detoxifies, cleanser
relieves growth, tumors
relieves thirst
relieves burning sensation
relieves worm infestation
relieves emaciation
useful in poisoning
useful in cardiac disorders, acts as cardiac tonic
relieves tiredness
relieves abdominal tumor, bloating
relieves abdominal colic pain
useful in ascites
relieves bloating

Uterus disorders: Ashoka herb is used in the management of female disorders like congestion, excessive bleeding and discomfort or pain. It is also beneficial in relieving dysmenorrhoea, uterine spasms and abdominal pain. It is an efficient tonic for the proper functioning of the uterus.
Piles: The same decoction as mentioned above is useful in relieving piles as well. Consumption of this decoction will reduce the discomfort and pain caused by piles.
Dysentery: Ashoka tree flowers mixed with water and made into a paste offer relief from dysentery.
Pain: Ashoka tree possesses analgesic properties which are beneficial in soothing nerves aggravated by Vata element.
Complexion: Ashoka herb is useful in improving the complexion of the skin. It is used for eliminating toxins from the body. The herb purifies the blood and prevents skin allergies.
Diabetes: Dried powder of the Ashoka tree flowers is useful in controlling diabetes. Other general uses include the management for the sting of a scorpion. The bark of the tree is used as an antidote for providing relief from a scorpion sting.

Home remedies:
1)To cure leucorrhoea, take Ashoka tree bark, powder it and mix it with equal quantity of mishri candy. Consume ½ teaspoonfuls in the morning and ½ teaspoonfuls in the evening.
2)Dried flowers of Ashoka is taken and blended it along with water and take 15 to 60 drops twice a day, it is used to get relief from diabetes.

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