Saraca indica, commonly known as Ashoka tree is a small tree, up to around 5 meter tall that grows in semi evergreen rain forests. It is a native of Asia and South America. It is widely distributed in Central and Eastern Himalayas, Western Ghats and the Deccan plateau in India. The tree has beautiful red flowers and dense foliage. The tree has been a symbol of fertility in Indian culture and its bark and flowers are given as a tonic in uterine disorders.
Ashoka tree supports women’s overall health. It is useful in the treatment of menstrual disorders associated with excessive bleeding, abdominal pain and uterine spasms. It balances the female hormones and nourishes the endometrium and uterine muscles. This makes it effective as uterine tonic for irregular menstrual cycles and miscarriage. It also has mood stabilizing effects.
It is also beneficial in the management of menopausal symptoms.
- Uterine tonic
- Regulates menstrual cycle
- Stops excessive uterine bleeding
- Relieves pain
- Stabilizes mood
- Balances hormones
- Relieves menopausal symptoms
Tannins and a crystalline glycoside
Ayurveda Insight on Ashoka
Ashoka has tikta, kashaya rasa, katu vipaka, sheeta virya and laghu, ruksha properties. It is hridya, vishaghna, grahi, varnya, shothahara, dahahara, asrugdarahara and raktadoshahara in action. It is useful in Shotha, Daha, Asrugdara, Apachi and Raktadosha.