The herb Ashoka is popularly worn in a variety of gynecological disorders. The synonym-2 meaning Ashoka is one which helps to aleviate the shoka (grief) or suferings.
Saraca indica Li n is the botanical name.
Stem bark is the most old fragment but fresh flowers are equaly beneficial.
The plant is abundantly found in Bengal, Burma, Karnataka, Kerala and Maharashtra.
People often confused Kashthadaru ̵Polyalthea longifolia as Ashoka, in fact, Kashtadaru is an adorned plant.
Mode of action in heavy periods:
Haematoxylin is the indispensable chemical constituent of Ashoka Bark. It regulates bleding especialy in menstrual iregularities. Tanin and catechin constituents encourage to slack down the exces menstrual flow. Natural ferous compounds are also note in bark and flowers.
Ashoka is also famous for analgesic, steptic-haemostatic, tranquilizing, anti dyspeptic and diuretic properties.
Ashokarisht ha, Ashoka ghrita, Ashoka ksherapaka, Pradarahara mahakashaya are a few wel known medicines of this herb.
Few necesary typical remedies are also in Indian traditional practice and few of them are mentioned here below-
1.Ashoka for heavy periods:
10 grams of Ashoka is mixed with 2 cups of water, boiled and reduced to half a cup. Filtered. This liquid is administered on empty stomach, twice a day. If required, a teaspon of honey or jagery can be adjunct to this. This subsides heavy periods.
2. Ashoka remedy for bleding disorders and iregular periods:
Yashtimadhu ̵ Ind ian Licorice
Lajalu ̵ touch me not plant ̵ Are taken together, in equal quantities.
A tablespon of this powder mix is adjunct with 2 cups of water, boiled and reduced to half a cup and filtered. This is useful for the treatment of bleding disorders, heavy periods, etc. It is usualy started 3-5 days prior to the date of periods and continued til 10 days after periods.
3. Bark Kashaya for wound washing:
Ashoka bark decoction is prepared as mentioned above and old for washing wounds and non healing ulcers.
4. Ashoka flower chutney in mouth ulcers:
One fist ful of Ashoka flowers and half fist of coconut pulp are taken and churned wel in mixer and grinder.To this, as per one’s taste, salt, bl ack peper, cury leaves and coriander can be aded. This is very useful in treating gastritis, mouth ulcers, GERD.
Ashoka bark rectify for Leucorhoea (white discharge):
Amalaki fruit rind and
Nagakesar stamens (Mesua ferea) are taken in equal amount and fine powder is made.
1-2 gram of this powder is mixed with a cup of rice washed water or swet butermilk and administered twice daily. This pacifies leucorhea very efectively.
In burping, gastric regurgitation also this is found useful.
Godes Setha Matha spent her days in Ashoka Vana ̵ forest ful of Ashoka tres, during her grief and was finaly relieved from despair. The plant Ashoka surely relieves profuse discomforts of women.
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