Saraca Asoca is an important tree in the cultural traditions of the Indian subcontinent and adjacent areas. Saraca asoca is an evergreen tree. The leaves are paripinnate with 6 to 12, oblong and rigid sub-coriaceus leaflets. The tree is known mainly for its beautiful foliage and fragrant flowers. The flowers are orange or orange-yellow in color, very fragrant and dense in axillary corymbs. The fruit is flat hard pod with 4-8 ellipsoids, elongated and compressed seeds.
Chemical composition – Contains tannins and catechol, epicatechin, procyanidins p2, 11′-deoxyprocyanidine B, catechins, catechol, phenolic and non phenolic glycosides, leucopelargonidin and leucocyanidin. It also contains saracacine, saracadine, waxy substances, fatty acids, flavonoids.
Properties – Astringent, anthelmintic, demulcent, emollient and stomachic, anti leucorrhoea, antibilious, uterine relaxant, anti-bacterial, uterine tonic, antidiabetic, antisyphilis, demulcent, antihemorrhagic, antioxitocic, anti-inflammatory etc..
Recommendation – Menorrhagia, metropathy, menstrual pain, excessive menstrual bleeding, irregular menstruation, uterine disorders, kidney stones, amenorrhea, calcium deficiency, colic, hemorrhoids, ulcers, fractures, dyspepsia, inflammation, dysentery, scabies, dyspepsia, indigestion, burning sensation, blood disorders, tumors, hemiplegia.