Thursday, March 5, 2009

Symplocos racemosa Roxb.

English Name : Lodh tree

Family : Symplocaceae

An evergreen tree or shrub, 6-8.5 m tall. Leaves dark green above, orbicular, elliptic oblong, 12.5 cm x 5 cm, coriaceous, glabrous above; flowers white, turning yellow, fragrant, in axillary, simple or compound racemes; drupes purplish black, subcylindric, smooth, 1-3 seeded.

Abundant in the plains and lower hills.

Parts Used : Bark

Herb Effects
Anti-inflammatory and hypothermic (stem bark)

Active Ingredients
Loturine, loturidine and colloturine; betulin (stem bark); betulinic acid (plant)

Medicinal Use
Diarrhoea and dysentery, liver complaints and dropsy, to stop bleeding of gums, it is used also in ophthalmia and conjunctivitis (bark). In combination with sugar it is recommended in the treatment of menorrhagia and other uterine disorders.

Powder : 5 -10 Ratti.
Decoction : 50-100 ml


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