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Ashoka: Saraca Indica

Rcommended highly in management of excessive bleeding during menstruation
Improves complexion of the body
Improves digestion and assimilation so the person passes stool with normal consistency
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 all painful conditions

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: 

  • 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

Pharmacological activities of Ashoka:

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

Effect of Ashoka on Tridoshas:

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

Therapeutic Uses of Ashoka in Ayurveda:

  • Vedana sthapana- Ashoka is useful in management of all painful conditions
  • Grahi- Ashoka improves digestion and assimilation so the person passes stool with normal consistency 
  • Varnya- Ashoka improves complexion of the body
  • Asrigdara nashanam-  Ashoka is valued highly in management of excessive bleeding during menstruation
  • Shoshajit- Ashoka is useful in management of emaciation and under nutrition conditions 
  • Apachijit- Ashoka is useful in management of inflammation of lymph nodes
  • Trishanashnam- Ashoka alleviates excessive thirst
  • Daha shamanam- Ashoka alleviates burning sensation
  • Krimighna- Ashoka kills all infectious agents
  • Shothajit- Ashoka is useful in management of all edematous conditions
  • Vish asrajit- Ashoka is useful in toxicities and management of all diseases which originate from blood 

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Medicinal value of Ashoka:

  • The bark of 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 Ashoka 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 Saraca asoca flowers indicated 50 percent cytotoxicity (in vitro) in Dalton's lymphoma ascites and Sarcoma-180 tumour 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 consutancy by a physican of our team. Consult Ayurvedic Physicians

Some useful combinations of Ashoka:

Ashokarishta; Ashoka ghruta

Some important notes about Ashoka:

  • The womenfolk of Chhattisgarh boil the bark 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 gynaecological 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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