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.
Lodhra contains alkaloids namely, Loturine – 0.25%, Colloturine – 0.02%, Loturidine – 0.06% along with glycosides.
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.
Lodhra offers several benefits in the case of Gynaecological or female disorders. These are-
Using it in various recipies lodhra benefits for eyes in many ways
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lodhra can be used in many ways, such as-