The primary benefit of Shankhpushpi is that it is a brain tonic and improves memory and intellect. Besides that it can be used to treat epilepsy and headache. It also controls vomiting and helps to cure diabetes.
Ashoka or Saraca indica is a rain forest tree that is found in the Deccan Plateau and Western Ghats of the Indian subcontinent. It bears orange and yellow flowers in bunches that turn red before they fall. This tree is considered one of the most sacred trees in the Indian traditions and it is dedicated to love God Kama. The word ‘Ashoka’ means ‘no grief’ in Sanskrit and various parts of this tree are widely used for different medicinal purposes.
There are a number of essential nutrients that can be derived from the Ashoka tree. It contains tannins, glycoside, essential oils and calcium. It also contains carbonic compounds of carbon and iron while the bark of the tree contains ketosterol.
You can boil the bark to form a thick decoction and apply mustard oil after it gets cold. This solution, when applied to boils and acne, produce a very beneficial effect.
The herb of this tree can acts on uterine muscles and endometrium and thus provides relief from abdominal pain and other spasms. It also helps to treat irregular menstrual cycles, amenorrhea, leucorrhea, fibroids, cysts and other related disorders. Thus ashoka tree is widely used to treat gynecological and menstrual problems in women.
Regular consumption of Ashoka tree products help to improve your intellect. You have to mix equal quantities of Ashoka’s bark and brahmi powder and consume 1 teaspoon of this mixture twice daily with a cup of milk.
Consumption of herbs from the Ashoka tree helps to remove toxins fromour blood and therefore provides excellent benefits for our skin. The herbs help to purify blood and prevent the onset of allergies and other skin disorders. Burn and skin irritations can also be treated by using extracts from the Ashoka tree.
You can drink few drops of water mixed with crushed flowers of the Ashoka plant to prevent internal bleeding. Ashoka flowers also help to prevent hemorrhagic dysentery. Thus flowers of Ashoka help to take care of your health.
Barks or leaves of the Ashoka tree, when consumed, help to remove worms from the stomach and thus provide relief from pain and swelling. The bark of the tree also has anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and pain relieving properties. Thus it helps to combat both internal and external inflammation and provides relief from burning sensation.
People who are suffering from diabetes can use the dried flowers of the tree to treat their ailment. The flowers help to check blood sugar levels. Herbal supplements prepared from this tree help in the treatment of piles. A decoction prepared from the bark of the tree helps to treat internal piles.
Flowers of the Ashoka tree controls blood loss in stools and thus treats diarrhea without causing any side effects. Ashoka tree leaves, flowers and bark can be used a tonic which will provide relief from this painful condition.
Seed powder of the Ashoka tree is a natural method that helps to control kidney stones. When the seed powder is wrapped in betel leaves and consumed a number of times, it helps to treat asthma in people suffering from that illness.
Ashoka tree extracts have analgesic properties and so help to relieve pain. If you experiencing pain in your joints, you can apply paste of the bark on the affected areas and experience some relief.
The bark of the Ashoka plant is used to prepare cosmetics that help to improve skin complexion. It helps to prevent the condition of scanty and difficult urination and even acts as an antidote to scorpion bite. Even its dried flowers are advantageous for diabetic patients.
Although the health benefits of Ashoka tree are numerous, pregnant women should abstain from consuming products from this tree as it might lead to complications. People who are sensitive to certain types of food should consult a doctor before consuming products of this tree.
The Ashoka tree is primarily grown and cultivated in the Indian subcontinent. It is considered to be very sacred by the Hindus. This tree is often associated with yakshi mythological beings and this tree is often found at the gates of Buddhist and Hindu temples. The yakshis under the Ashoka tree were also very popular as decorative elements in early Buddhist monuments. This tree is often mentioned in ancient Indian religious and amorous poetry and has 16 different names in Sanskrit referring to its different parts.
The Ashoka tree is best cultivated in the months of May and June and they are propagated best by stem cutting. It is difficult to propagate Ashoka trees with seeds on a large scale. However, the wild varieties of this tree is slowly becoming endangered.