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Benefits of Lodhra And Its Side Effects

Lodhra Nutritional Value Health Benefits Uses Side-Effects Cultivation
Benefits of Lodhra And Its Side Effects

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

Health Benefits of Lodhra
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 normalizes FSH and LH which regulates the development, growth, pubertal maturation, and reproductive processes of the body , manages the menstrual cycle and stimulates the ovaries to produce eggs and triggers ovulation and development of the corpus luteum.

Water extract of Lodhra significantly stimulated serum FSH level along with rise in serum LH level in immature female Sprague-Dawley rats on oral administration. Lodhra has anti-androgenic effect and prevents ovarian cell dysfunction in PCOS and improved the fertility.

Treatment with Lodhra bark significantly decreases testosterone level which is found to be elevated in PCOS. It significantly restores estrogens, progesterone and cholesterol level. Lodhra restores the histology of ovarian tissue.

Lodhra is useful in inflammation of uterus due to its anti-inflammatory effects. Lodhra helps in maintaining the ratio of estrogen and progesterone in the female body thus preventing menstrual irregularity.

Lodhra contains phytoestrogens. Thus it ameliorate 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.

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Popular Questions & Answers

Hii muze conceive nhi ho rha pcod hai allopathy se fark nhi mila to aurvedic treatment le this hoon pr abhitak conceive nhi hua muze home remedies bataiye na lodhra ,gilloy juice wheat grass ,ashwgandha in me se kya loon please ans.

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Mere dono tube block hai. Kya main lodhra poder le sakti hu? Or ise lene ka trika kya hai? Or kya karna chahiye mujhe tube open karne ke liye?

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IVF Specialist, Gurgaon
Hi apko pehle apna aur pati ka kuch test karana hoga jisme ande aur sukhrano ka janch hoga .wo dekhne ke baad decide kia jata hai ki tubes kholne ka koi point hai ya nahi kyonki apki age bhi 30 cross kar chuki hai.

Can I take fortege for a good motility, and to increase count and volume as I am a diabetic. And my wife has mild pcos with regular periods and taking lodhra and ashokariehta twice a day. Can we continue with above medicine for fertility.

M.B.B.S., M.S.
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Hi you can take the medicines you mentioned no harm you should have good control on your diabetes what is your hba1c want to know your semen analysis your wife's pelvic usg follicular study these are the basic tests can contact me on lybrate ok.

I had period yesterday jus few drops on pad but having severe menstrual cramp. Today on 2nd day not a single drop of blood on pad but having extreme painful cramp. What can be the reason behind and what medicine should I take for relief. Earlier I diagnosed with pcos but i'm having this kind of experience of few drops of blood on first day and no sign of blood on other day with extreme cramp during periods. I'm very worried. Is this normal? Please reply I will be grateful to you all.

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Hi , when the menstrual bleeding is unduly scanty and lasts less than 2 days, it is called hypomenorrhoea. The causes may be local, endocrinal (use of oral contraceptives, thyroid dysfunction and premenopausal period) or systemic (malnutritional)....
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Hi Sir, I am suffering from mid period cramp or ovulation cramp. Please suggest me some medicine or home remedies.

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