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What is the Use Ashoka (Asoka)

Characteristics

How it looks - It is a medium-sized evergreen tree with spreading and drooping branches. It has orangish flowers which are fragrant. The fruits are flat, black pods with 4-8 seeds in each pod. The bark is dark brown to grey or black with an irregular surface, the cut ends of which are yellowish red in colour, turning reddish on exposure.

What we use - Bark, Leaves, flowers, seeds

What it does -

  • Bark - astringent , sweet, refrigerant, anthelmintic styptic, demulcent, febrifuge

  • Flowers - uterine tonic

  • Leaves - depura tive

Treatment of Common Disorders using Herbal Medicines

  • In uterine disorders - It is a reputed uterine tonic especially useful in conditions of excessive or irregular bleeding, fibroids or white discharge. Boil 2 tsp of the bark powder in 2 glasses of water until the water is reduced to a quarter of the quantity. Take an ounce of this filtered decoction twice a day with some honey to tone the mucosa of the uterus.

  • In pimples - To clear erupted skin, make a paste of Ashoka, some lime juice and milk and apply everyday.

  • In piles - Take a decoction of the bark mentioned above twice a day for relief from bleeding and non-bleeding piles.

  • In abdominal pain - Make a juice of the leaves, mix with cumin seeds and drink to relieve colicky pain in the abdomen.

  • In burning sensation and inflammation - The decoction of the bark can be used both internally as well as externally as a wash to relieve inflammation of any kind and to soothe burning sensation.

  • In diabetes - Powder the dry flowers of Ashoka and take a tsp of it everyday to keep blood sugar levels under control.

   

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