Ayurveda – Udumbara and its medical importance
Udumbara – Ficus racemosa or cluster fig is used since the times of Vedas in spiritual practices. Used extensively in Ayurved to treat heavy periods, fractured bones, diabetes and more. In the Atharva Veda, this fig tree is given prominence as a means for acquiring prosperity and vanquishing foes. Now we will go in depth of the medical importance of the herb.
barks, leaves, fruits and latex are carminative, astringent, anti inflammatory, antioxidant, anticancer agent and anti-diarrheal.
Bhagna Sandhana Krut – heals fractured bones and wounds
Varnya – Improves skin tone and complexion
Vrana Shodhana – cleanses and disinfects wounds
Vrana Ropana – heals wounds
Stambhana – Being astringent herb, it brings about Stambhana – blocking effect.
Dahahara – Relieves burning sensation, as in gastritis, neuropathy, burning sensation in eyes etc
Murchahara – useful in patients with fainting disorder
Udumbar bark is one of the herbs used in herbal smoking blends
The decoction of its bark-skin is an effective gargle in stomatitis and sore throat. Application of latex alleviates the edema in adenitis, parotitis, orchitis, traumatic swelling and toothache The decoction of bark skin is extremely useful in diarrhea, dysentery and ulcerative colitis. In children, the latex is given along with sugar to combat diarrhea and dysentery. The cold infusion of ripened fruits mixed with sugar, is salutary in Rakta pitta is effectively controlled with the decoction of bark-skin. In diabetes, the ripe fruits or bark-skin decoction is beneficial, as it works well as anti-diuretic. The decoction of leaves is an effective remedy in glandular swelling, abscess, chronic wounds, cervical adenitis etc. In uterine bleeding, abortion, leucorrhea and vaginal bleeding the decoction of its bark-skin is given orally, as well as in a form of basti (enema). The latex mixed with sugar is benevolent in sexual debility in males. The juice of its fruit is a panacea for hiccup. The powder of the bark-skin works well as an anorexient, hence, beneficial in gyperphagia-bhasmaka
1)Menorrhagia: dried fig of the cluster fig tree should be taken along with sugar and honey.
2)Boils: for curing boils take bark paste and apply at effected area.