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Bengali Name : Ashoka
English Name : Ashoka Tree
French Name : Arbre d’Ashoka
German Name : Saraka
Gujarati Name : Ashoka
Hindi Name : Ashoka, Anganapriya
Kannada Name : Ashokadamara, Asokamara, Kankalimara
Latin name : Saraca indica Linn.
Marathi Name : Ashok
Punjabi Name : Asok
Sanskrit Name : Asoka, Sita Ashok, Hemapushpa, Kankeli
Recommended Dosage: 1 to 2 g powder of bark.
Contraindication: This herb is not recommended during pregnancy or lactation.
The bark is anthelmintic, antiseptic, a strong astringent, demulcent, febrifuge refrigerant, styptic, sweet, and uterine sedative. It has been efficacious in regularising menstrual disturbances without producing any side effects. Its effect on the ovarian tissue may produce an estrogen-like activity that enhances the repair of the endometrium and stops bleeding. In metrorrhagia, in addition to decreasing the uterine bleeding, it regularises the interval between two cycles. Besides treating the symptoms of fatigue and generalised weakness, the use of the herb provides immense relief from painful menses, premenstrual syndrome and nonspecific leucorrhoea. It is well established for its effectiveness in dysmenorrhoea and tenderness of the uterus. It is also useful in internal bleeding, bleeding haemorrhoids and also haemorrhagic dysentery.