Women friendly Ashok

Ashok stimulates the uterus making the contractions more frequent and prolonged without producing tonic contractions like ergot or pituitary. It is therefore useful in all cases of uterine haemorrhage, where ergot is indicated viz., dysmenorrhoea, painful menstruation, menorrhagia, metrorrhagia, post partum haemorrhage etc. (B. N. Ghosh, PMMT).
The bark of Ashok is one of the prominent herbal drugs used in uterine disorders in Indian medicine. Ashok reinforces the uterine musculature, hence is benevolent in prolapsed or inflammatory conditions of the uterus. It also has a remarkable healing effect on the endometrial or the mucous membrane of uterus and a stimulant action on the ovary. As a whole, it renders the rejuvenative actions on the uterus, hence aptly called as 'garbhasaya rasayana' meaning 'uterine tonic'. The medicated wine of Ashok, Ashokarishtha, is an excellent remedy for irregularities of menstrual cycle and women who have tendency towards abortions and miscarriages should be treated with great benefit, with Ashokghrita - the medicated ghee of Ashok from the fourth month of pregnancy onwards (second trimester). It combines well with Aswagandha as uterine tonic. A liquid extract of the bark of tree which strongly astringent has been found to get good results considerably when it is administered in cases of menorrhagia. Some¬times action may be slow but it gives desired effect within three days or so depending on certain factors of disease and patient.
ImageThe bark is antidote to sting poisons, useful in stones of kidney and urinary bladder and used as an anodyne, litholytic, diuretic and anti-inflammatory drug.
It cures itching, sore throat, bronchitis, indigestion, heaviness, ulcers, boils, psoriasis, inflammations, leprosy, anemia and leucoderma. It is given in elephantiasis-filariasis, urinary discharges; it strengthens the teeth and denature. It is as¬tringent to the bowels, alexiteric, antihelminthic, demulcent and emollient. It is useful to cure dyspepsia, thirst and burning sensation and diseases of the blood. It is useful against tumors, ul¬cers. It is useful in fractures of the bones; it beautifies the complexion.
It is beneficial in the treatment of bleeding piles, leucorrhea and many other diseases. This herb is seldom used externally. When used externally, the paste of its bark-skin is beneficial in combating pain associated with edema or swelling. Image
Due to its astringent taste and cold potency, Ashok is salutary in arresting the bleeding or hemorrhages in dysentery, colitis, piles & epistaxis. Ashok seeds are diuretic - increase the quantity of urine, hence used in strangury and urinary stones.
The flowers are pounded and mixed with water and are used in vitiated conditions of pitta, syphilis and cervical adenitis, excessive thirst, burning sensation, piles and hemorrhagic
The decoction of the bark is also used as an efficacious remedy for haemorrhoids and blood dysentery. The powder of dried flowers is also given in diabetes.
Bark, flowers and fruits are prescribed in combination with other drugs for the treatment of snake-bite and scorpion-sting.
Three ounces of bark are boiled in milk in equal quantity and four-times (12 ounces) water till the total quantity (crude drugs and liquid mixture) is reduced to about three ounces; and it is given in two or three doses; the treatment is to commence from the fourth day of the monthly period (menstrual cycle) and to continue till the excess bleeding is checked. A fresh decoction need to be prepared every day and administered
Similarly the fluid extract of the flowers of plant is internally given in haemorrhagic kind of dysentery in doses of 15 to 60 minims.
Ayurvedic Preparations of Ashok are Ashokarishtha, Ashoka Ghrita, Ashoka Vati, Ashokadi Kwath etc.
Mainly bark, flowers and seeds of Ashok tree are used for medicinal purposes. Dose of bark powder is 1-3 grams and seeds powder is 1-3 grams. Dose of flowers powder is 1 - 3 grams. For preparing the decoction 12-24 grams of Ashok bark can be taken.



Dr Sanjeev Sood is Prof and Head of Panchakarma Department, Dayanand Ayurvedic College, Jalandhar, India. He is teaching Ayurvedic Medicine also since 13 years. He is visiting faculty of Ayurveda and Vedic Astrology to EISRA – Nederland, ICAU – Belgium and Medicarom – Romania. He can reached on +919814004142 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
This article was published in the July, 2008 issue of “DAV’s Ayurveda For Holistic Health”



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