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Benefits of Lodhra And Its Side Effects

Last Updated: Dec 09, 2022

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Lodhra serves for several health benefits, such as; cures acne, blemishes, white and black heads; Beneficial in gynaecological or female disorders, Cures eye disorders, Cures dental problems, Treat Ulcers, Heals wound, Stop haemorrhage, Reduces heaviness in the body.


Lodhra is a very important Ayurvedic herb. It is an evergreen medium sized tree. Its. Leaves are 3 to 4 inches in length, circular or oval shaped, leaf stalk is small and it is velvety to touch. Its Flowers are cream coloured, small in size and are mostly found in clusters.

Flowering generally occurs in the month of November and continues till the month of February. The fruits of Lodhra are Purple blackish in colour and are about 1.5 inches long, leathery, and contains 1 to 3 seeds. .Bark is light brown in colour.

Nutritional Value of Lodhra

Lodhra contains alkaloids namely, Loturine – 0.25%, Colloturine – 0.02%, Loturidine – 0.06% along with glycosides.

Health Benefits of Lodhra

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Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Lodhra

Cures, Acne, blemishes, white and black heads

In acne, paste of lodhra and sphatika should be applied. In pimples, paste of lodhra, dhanyaka and vaca is useful. Being an astringent, it can clear the face of blemishes, black and white heads. It can also dry up the acne quickly.

Beneficial in Gynaecological or Female disorders

Lodhra offers several benefits in the case of Gynaecological or female disorders. These are-

  • Lodhra helps to check out progesterone, and estrogen levels in the post and pre-menopausal phases.
  • Lodhra regulates FSH and LH thus supporting pubertal maturation and other reproductive processes of the body.
  • It is also very helpful in normalizing Menorrhagia.
  • Lodhra also aids the activation of ovulation and the development of Corpus leuteum.
  • Lodhra bark significantly alleviates the symptoms of PCOS by decreasing testosterone levels.
  • Lodhra shows anti-androgenic effects by preventing ovarian cell dysfunction in PCOS.
  • Lodhra regulates the menstrual cycle by maintaining the ratio between progesterone and estrogen.
  • Lodhra helps to treat the inflammation of the uterus and improves fertility too.
  • Phytoestrogens are one of the contents of Lodhra which ameliorates mild to moderate pre and post-menstrual depression by acting on the serotonergic systems

Cures eye disorders

Using it in various recipies lodhra benefits for eyes in many ways

  • White lodhra and Madhuka fried in ghee, powdered finely and softened with breast milk and applied, alleviates conjuctivitis caused by pitta and rakta.
  • White lodhra fried in ghee and powdered finely is kept in a cloth pouch and mixed with hot water. Seka with this water removes pain.
  • Aschyotana with lodhra fried in ghee and mixed with rocksalt, pounded with sour gruel and kept in cloth piece – removes itching, burning and pain.
  • Aschyotana with putapakwa lodhra wrapped in nimba leaves and mixed with woman’s milk allievates netrarogas due to pitta, rakta and vata.

Cure dental problems

The anti-bacterial property of lodhra helps to cure oral problems. To cure it, after bloodletting paste of lodhra, musta and rasanjana mixed with honey should be applied.

Treat Ulcers

Anti-ulcer property of lodhra protects against ulcers.Powder of dhataki and lodhra promotes wound healing. Lodhra, nyagrodha bud, khadira, triphala and ghrta made into a paste provides looseness and softens the wounds. Application of fine powder of lodhratwak promotes wound healing.

Heals wound

Powdered formation of the bark lodhra is used to heal wounds. Lodhra actually lowers the PH of the body; due to which inflammation process is fasten which gradually leads to increased wound healing process.

Stop haemorrhage

Lodhra is used in epistaxis (raktpitta ), the people who have high pitta generally experiences nose bleeding, the absorbing quality of lodhra helps in thickening of blood to stop haemorrhaging (bleeding).

Reduces heaviness in the body

Lodhra is Grahi ( absorption enhancing) Sheeta ( cooling ) and Laghu ( light ) which itself is a unique combination, which makes it very useful in reducing inflammation and heaviness in the body.

Uses of Lodhra

According to Ayurvedic texts the main indication of lodhra is to maintain the pitta (Agni) and the kapha (phelgum) in the body. Lodhra contains khashay ras (Astringent) due to this it’s formulations made from the bark are generally used to soothe the pitta and its ill effects in our body. The bark and leaves of lodhra are used in dyeing. Yellow dye is extracted from the bark and leaves.


Allergies and Side Effects & of Lodhra

Lodhra has direct effect on female hormones .It decreases testosterone and cholesterol levels and increases estrogen and progesterone levels. It is not suitable for males for long term use as it has anti-androgen effect and reduces male sex hormones such as testosterone.

Lodhra is not recommended to take on empty stomach as it can cause abdominal heaviness, nausea & constipation in individuals prone to gastrointestinal upsets.

Cultivation of Lodhra

Lodhra is generally found in Nagpur, Manipur, Burma, Assam and Pegu regions of India. It can grow in full sun or shade and can tolerate dry soil.

How to use Lodhra

Lodhra can be used in many ways, such as-

  • Capsules, powder, or root extracts are to be applied topically after mixing with ghee or water
  • The powdered bark of Lodhra is used to prepare vaginal wash after the decoction
  • Lodhra root powder is mixed with water to form a paste
  • Compress is produced from Lodhra powder
  • The eyewash can be prepared by mixing hot water in Lodhra powder, etc
  • People can use Lodhra in any of the above-stated forms according to their needs.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

When should I take Lodhra powder?

Lodhra powder should be taken twice a day but it must be taken after meals only.

Is Lodhra good for men?

Lodhra powder is not good for males for long-term uses because of its anti-androgen effects. It reduces testosterone, the male sex hormone.

Does Lodhra unblock fallopian tube?

In Ayurvedic treatment, Lodhra is recommended to unblock fallopian tubes and boost fertility.

What is the English name of Lodhra?

In English, Lodhra is signified as Symplococs bark or Lodh tree.


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    Written ByDrx Hina FirdousPhD (Pharmacology) Pursuing, M.Pharma (Pharmacology), B.Pharma - Certificate in Nutrition and Child CarePharmacology
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