Ashoka or Saraca indica is a popular medicinal evergreen tree which is a native to India. This tree bears high medicinal properties and is very effective in treating different gynecological problems mainly related to uterus and ovaries. The word "Ashoka" means "less sorrow", so it lessens the discomforts and sorrow of the women during menstrual cycles. The bark of this tree is extremely potent and has been used since ancient times by the Indian Ayurvedic physicians in treating gynecological diseases. Even the flowers and foliages are used in treating other ailments.
The Ashoka tree is widely used for treating uterine bleeding and vaginal discharge. The fragrant flowers, leaves and the bark of the tree are used to treat these diseases. The bark is highly potent and stimulates the endometrium and the ovarian tissues and reduces the excessive menstrual bleeding or menorrhagia due to fibroids. It is the best herbal tonic available to treat both uterine bleeding and leucorrhoea without any side effects. Researches have revealed that Ashoka, due to the presence of the compound ketosterol, functions in a similar manner to that of estrogen that helps in the repair of endometrial tissues stopping the internal bleeding.
1. It helps in improving the complexion.
2. Controls the toxicities and the diseases resulting from it.
3. Helps is alleviating pains.
4. Useful in managing under nourished physical conditions.
5. Helps in digestion and improved bowel movements.
6. The dried Ashoka flowers also help in maintaining the blood glucose levels.
7. The bark of Ashoka has antibacterial properties and fights against the in vitro bacterial infections.
8. Ashoka is also said to have some anticancer properties.
Ashoka tree is well known in treating uterine dysfunctions, vaginal discharges and helps in proper functioning of the female reproductive organs. Other indications include
1. Severe uterine bleeding and depression in women
2. Abdominal pains and cramps
3. White discharge or leucorrhea
4. Dyspepsia and ulcers
5. Fractures in bones
6. Discoloration of the skin
1. Taking the decoction of the bark powder in water mixed with honey twice a day helps in reducing the excessive menstrual bleeding.
2. Drinking a mixture of cumin seeds and the Ashoka leaf decoction, helps in reducing the abdominal pain and cramps.
3. The decoction of the Ashoka bark is also used to treat piles.
4. To reduce inflammation and burning sensation the decoction of the Ashoka bark is equally effective if applied externally or taken internally.
In spite of its varied medicinal utilities Ashoka stands above the rest in treating uterine dysfunctions and due to this, the tree is highly worshipped by Indian womenfolk through different religious functions.