Femininity is a boon! And we're sure you agree. But what if we told you about an ayurvedic herb that not only helps you attain better health but also aids in exploring the less heard-of facets of femininity!
Ashoka, also known by the botanical name Saraca asoca, originates primarily in the eastern and middle Himalayan regions. With yellowish-red flowers and green leaves resembling those of a mango tree, the tree reaches a height of 8-10 meters. In its bark, seeds and bulbs, the medicinal properties of Ashoka are maintained. Ashoka is known in Sanskrit literature as Hempushpa.
Did you know?
For hypersensitive skin, it is recommended to use Ashoka bark along with honey or rose water.
The goodness of Hempushpa according to Ayurveda
Hempushpa comprises of Katu vipak and Sheet virya which is responsible for its sour and bitter taste. It displays light and dry (Ruksha) properties. Hempushpa balances Kaphadosha and Pittadosha
अशोकः शीतलस्तिक्तो ग्राहीवर्ण्यः कषायकः।
दोषापची तृषादाह कृमिशोषविषास्त्रजित्।।
As the ancient ayurvedic literature says about Ashoka; it means Ashoka with its property of Sheet virya and its sour and bitter taste regulates fluid loss from the intestine. It reduces Kaphadosha and Pittadosha and hence is proven to reduce burning sensations in alimentary canal. Ashoka cures worm infestations.
To know more about doshas, you can refer जानिये आयुर्वेदिक दोषों के बारें में | Learn about Ayurvedic Doshas
Traces of Ashoka in ancient literature
Were you aware of the fact that Ashoka is named 'Streemitra'? The reasoning lies in its medicinal properties that are helpful to women. Talking about its importance since ancient times, all of us are acquainted with the literature of Ramayana. In Ramayana, King Raavan of Lanka had an Ashoka Vatika in his palace.
The Ashoka is revered as a holy tree in Hinduism. The Ashoka tree is worshipped in Chaitra, a month of the Hindu calendar. Yakshis were also significant as a decorative feature in early Buddhist temples under the Ashoka tree and are present in many ancient Buddhist archaeological sites. Yakshis are believed to be a class of nature spirits in Hindu, Buddhist and Jain religious mythologies that are different from the gods, the demons and the celestial beings. One of the recurring elements in Indian art, often found as gatekeepers in ancient Buddhist and Hindu temples, is a yakshini with her foot on the trunk and her hands holding the branch of a stylized flowering ashoka
Some amazing reasons for the application of Ashoka
- Its local application provides relief from inflammation as well as wound healing. It restores the original texture of skin.
- Application of Ashoka bark Kwath or juice extracts oil from skin and makes it look fresh. Another Amrutam product that can take care of your skin is Amrutam Herbal Ubtan, Face Wash & Ashatagandh Body Lotion
- The flowers of Ashoka are useful in curing various skin conditions like itching, ulcers, dermatitis.
- Application of Ashoka bark gives comfort from joint pain.
Compilation with Ashoka
- Take measured quantity of Ashoka bark powder.
- Add honey and water to it. Mix thoroughly.
- For better result, the compilation is advised to be consumed after meals.
Benefits of consumption of Hempushpa
- Hempushpa controls water loss from the body in dysentery and diarrhoea. It is also known to control bleeding in piles patient.
- In gynaecological conditions like dysmenorrhea and menorrhagia, consumption of Hempushpa gives relief from pain and heavy bleeding. It regulates the menstrual cycle in cases of amenorrhea and irregular menses.
- Uterine health is very well maintained by Hempushpa. It helps in healing first degree uterine prolapse by strengthening the uterus.
- Hempushpa prevents abortions if consumed during pregnancy in the form of ‘Ashoka Ghrut’.
- The Ayurvedic properties of Hempushpa prove very effective in treatment of leucorrhea. Its Kaphadosha balancing property helps in controlling leucorrhea.
- Urinary tract infection is cured by Hempushpa seeds. They also show good effects on treating calculi.
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Ashoka tree is believed to hold hope for cancer cure.
Ashokarishta : Ashokarishta is a highly prescribed Ayurvedic tonic for women’s physical wellbeing and hormonal well-being. Ashokarishta, regarded as a woman's 'natural mate,' provides hormonal balance and improves reproductive health. It is advised to consume 20-40 ml dose twice a day.
Ashoka ghrut : Ashoka Ghrita is an Ayurvedic medicine, in herbal ghee form.This medicine has ghee as its base. It is used for preparatory procedure for Panchakarma and also as medicine, used mainly in gynaecology related diseases. The recommended dose is 10 ml twice a day.
Seed powder : It is an organic Ayurvedic supplement that supports female reproductive health. Benefits of Ashoka include the nourishment and support of ovarian and endometrial tissues. The advised dosage is 1-3 gram twice a day.
Flower powder : Powdered Ashoka flowers are mixed with coconut oil and applied over the skin to treat skin conditions like scabies, atopic dermatitis and eczema. 2 gram twice a day is the advised dosage.
Ashoka vati : Uterine Tonic, useful in menorrhagia, leucorrhoea and corrects Menstrual disorders. Recommended 1 tablet thrice a day.
Ashokadi kwath : Ashoka Kwath is made with extracts from the bark of Ashoka. It has numerous advantages and, since time immemorial, has been used in Ayurvedic decoctions. 15 ml twice a day is the advised dosage. To know more about kwath refer to Is Kashayam a low-key torture technique or a potent Immunity Booster?
Ashoka tree and its bond with womanhood
Ashoka, also known as the best friend of a woman, is important for the treatment of problems and disorders related to female body systems. It preserves uterine health, and with the use of Ashoka, menstrual disorders also find relief. Ashoka has a cure for everything, whether it is amenorrhea or excessive menstrual bleeding. It is well-known for its leucorrhea treatment. Therefore, Ashoka has an unending, long-lived bond with femininity.
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Compilation with Ashoka
- Take bark of Ashoka tree and boil it in water. Keep boiling until the volume becomes one fourth of the original quantitiy.
- Strain the liquid. What you get is known as Ashoka kwath.
- Store the kwath.
- Mix 8 to 10 teaspoons of kwaath with water and consume as per need. This remedy is proven helpful in menorrhagia (heavy menstrual bleeding).
Contraindications for use of Ashoka
Although Ashoka provides a wide range of benefits, its use should be avoided during pregnancy. Also, to avoid allergic reactions it is always better to take the advice of a physician before using Ashoka.
So now that you know what wonders Ashoka can do to your skin and health, don’t hold back your excitement to use Ashoka. At Amrutam we provide a wide range of products enriched with goodness and medicinal properties of Ashoka like Nari Sondarya Malt- Complete Care for Women’s Health and Beauty
Ashoka and Nari Sondarya Malt
Ashoka gives women everything and so does Amrutam. The Nari Sondarya Malt is designed to bear in mind the physiology of the female body. Ashoka, Lodhra, Shatavari and Gokhru are included in Nari Sondarya Malt's formulation.
Ashoka was always the female caretaker. For disorders linked to uterine bleeding, Lodhra is well known. Menorrhagia is thought to cure uterine bleeding. For women suffering from PCOS (Polycystic ovary syndrome), Shatavari helps. This strengthens the hormonal balance. Gokhru reduces the effects of PCOS. These herbs preserve the reproductive health of females very well. To know more about these Ayurvedic plants you can refer to the article 4 Helpful Herbs for PMS related conditions
Enriched with the medicinal properties of Ayurvedic plants, Nari Sondarya Malt has wonderful effects on the female body. It is helpful for women with leucorrhea, dysmenorrhea, and depression. It is also used to treat problems with acne and skin including rubor (redness) and inflammation. PCOS is treated by Nari Sondarya Malt and reduces its symptoms. It also deals with infertility-related disorders, menopause and decreased libido.
It is possible to use the formulation along with milk or water. Twice a day or as advised by the physician, one or two tablespoons of Nari Sondarya Malt along with milk or water. However, diabetic patients are advised not to use the formulation.
The Nari Sondarya Malt is available in the packs of 200 and 400 grams. Go ahead and give yourself health and beauty with ancient traditional medicine. Nari Sondarya Malt- Complete Care for Women’s Health and Beauty
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This article has been written after taking reference and inspiration from the books Dravyagun Vidnyan and Charak Sanhita.