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Ashoka: Saraca Indica

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Recommended highly in excessive bleeding during periods
Improves complexion of skin
Improves digestion and assimilation
Useful in management of emaciation and under nutrition conditions
Useful in toxicities and management of all diseases which originate from blood
Useful in management of painful periods

Common Name:
Ashoka (Eng.)

Sanskrit Name:
  • Ashoka- Means without sorrow i.e. it makes a person sorrow less specially the females and for females, discomfort of menstruation is the greatest sorrow and Ashoka works on it
  • Hemapushpa- As its flowers are of golden yellow color
  • Tamrapallava- As its leaves are having the color of copper

Lt. Name:
Saraca asoca- Leguminosae

Ayurvedic Pharmacology of Ashoka Powder:

  • Rasa (Taste)- Kashaya (Astringent); Tikta (Bitter)
  • Guna (Characteristics) - Laghu (Light); Ruksha (Rough)
  • Veerya (Potency)- Sheeta (Cool and calm)
  • Vipaka (Post digestion effect)- Katu (Pungent)
  • Prabhava (Special action on human physiology for which we have no explanation how it works so)- Vedana sthapana (Useful in management of all painful conditions including spasmodic and congestive pain of dysmenorrhoea)

Chemical constituents:

  • From Whole Plant: Glycosidic principles, non-phenolic, sapogenetic glycoside, sterols and aliphatic alcohols.
  • From Bark: (-) epicatechin, procyanidin p2, 11'-deoxyprocyanidin B, (+) catechin, (24, £)- 24- methyl- cholesta-5-en-3p-ol (22 E, 21£)-24-ethycholesta-5, 22 dien-33-ol, (24 £)-24- ethylcholesta-5-en-3-p-ol, leucopelargonidin-3-O-p-D-glucoside, leucopelargonidin and leucocyanidin.
  • From Flowers: oleic, linoleic, palmitic and stearic acids (seeds); P-sitosterol, quercetin, kaempferol- 3-0-P-D- glucoside, quercetin- 3-0-P-D-glucoside, apigenin- 7-0-p-D-glucoside, pelargonidin- 3, 5- diglucoside, cyanidin-3, 5- diglucoside, palmitic, stearic, linolenic, linoleic, p and y sitosterols, leucocyanidin and gallic acid.
  • From Pods: catechol, (-) epicatechol and leucocyanidin
  • From Wood: quercetin

Research done on Ashoka:

Spasmogenic, oxytocic, uterotonic, antibacterial, anti-implantation, antitumour, antiprogestational, antioestrogenic, activity against menorrhagia and anticancer.

Effect of Ashoka Powder on Tridoshas:

Hemapushpa pacifies Kapha and Pitta i.e. it is useful in management of all diseases resulting from the aggravation of Kapha and Pitta.

Home Remedial Uses of Ashoka Powder in Ayurveda:

  • Vedana sthapana- Its powder possesses anti spasmodic and analgesic properties; it is the best Ayurvedic herb for painful periods
  • Grahi- This characteristic indicates towards ability of an herb to ensure proper digestion and assimilation.
  • Varnya- It cleanses the body internally so it is an important Ayurveda herb to improve complexion
  • Asrigdara nashanam- It is a totally safe natural remedy for heavy periods. Unlike hormone replacement therapy it does not affect reproductive life of a female.
  • Shoshajit- A nutritive Ayurveda herb
  • Apachijit- Its powder has a very significant role as an Ayurvedic herb for inflammation. It specially benefits in inflamed lymph nodes
  • Trishanashnam- An Ayurvedic herb to alleviate thirst
  • Daha shamanam- It is an Ayurvedic herb to balance Pitta and alleviates burning sensation
  • Krimighna- Its powder creates an unfavorable environment for growth of bacteria and microbes in the body.
  • Shothajit- It is an Ayurvedic herb for fluid retention

Health benefits of Hemapushpa Powder:

  • The bark of Ashoka - Saraca asoca contains the estrogenic compound ketosterol, which is effective against menorrhagia due to uterine fibroids and internal hemorrhoids and also enhances the restoration of the endometrium and stops bleeding.
  • Investigations were carried out on bark extracts of Saraca asoca(Roxb.) de Willde for in vitro antibacterial activity against Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Proteus vulgaris, Bacillus aureus and Klebsiella pneumoniae 4 mg/ml using agar well diffusion method. The ethanol and distilled water extracts showed significant broad spectrum antibacterial activity.
  • The bark of Hemapushpa is reported to have a stimulating effect on the endometrium and ovarian tissue and is useful in menorrhagiadue to uterine fibroids, in leucorrhea and in internal bleeding. It is useful in all cases of uterine bleeding where ergot is indicated.
  • The anticancer principle from Ashoka - Saraca asoca flowers indicated 50 percent cytotoxicity (in vitro) in Dalton's lymphoma ascites and Sarcoma-180 tumor cells at a concentration of 38 mug and 54 mug respectively, with no activity against normal lymphocytes but preferential activity for lymphocytes derived from leukemia patients (ALL). Tritiated thymidine incorporation studies in dicate the mechanism of action of the agent at the site of DNA synthesis.

Useful part of Ashoka:

Bark of the stem; Seeds; Flowers

Doses of Ashoka:

Powder- 3-6gms; Decoction with water-50-100 ml; Decoction with milk-5-10 ml or as per the Consultancy by a physician of our team. Consult Ayurvedic Physicians

Some useful combinations of Ashoka Powder in Ayurveda:

Ashokarishta; Ashoka ghruta

Best recommended Uses of Ashoka Powder in Ayurveda:

  • The womenfolk of Chhattisgarh boil the bark Powder of Ashoka in cow's milk, add sugar and consume it once a day for three days and repeat the course after three months to prevent gynecological disorders.
  • In India married Hindu women eat the flower buds of Saraca asoca on the "Ashok Shasthi day" to guard their children against grief and sorrow.
  • The tree is regarded as a symbol of love and is dedicated to Kama Deva, who is known to kindle passion and love in the human heart.

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