Padmaka- Prunus cerasoides, is an Ayurvedic herb used for the treatment of skin diseases, increasing the complexion and used as uterine tonic. It is also known as Wild Himalayan Cherry.
Latin Name- Prunus puddum Roxb. (Prunus cerasoides Don.)
Padmaka is a medium to a tall growing tree growing naturally in the Himalayan belt of India at an altitude of 5000-8000 feet. The trunk is pale reddish with nodules and smells resembling that of lotus. The flowers are white or pinkish in color.
Names in different languages:
Hindi Name- Padmakh, Padmak
English Name- Bird Cherry, Wild Himalayan Cherry, Sour cherry
Telugu Name- Padma Kashtam
Malayalam Name- Padimukham
Gujarati Name- Padmakashta
Khumayun Name- Payiyan
Bengali Name- Padam
Padmaka- Similar to lotus flower
Padmagandhi- Smelling like lotus
Suprabha, Vimala, Charu – the tree is very attractive to look at.
Padmakashta, Padmavarna, Maruchitra, Marudbhava
Peetarakta, Hemavarnaka, – reddish yellow / golden colour
Malaya – grows in Himalayan regions
Vedanasthapana mahakashaya (Group of herbs useful in relieving pain),
Kashaya skanda (astringent tasting group of herbs)
Sushruta- Sarivadi gana,Chandanadi gana
Bhavaprakasha- Karpooradi varga
Dhanwantari Nighantu- Chandanadi varga
Kaiyyadeva Nighantu- Oushadi varga
Raja Nighantu- Chandanadi varga
Properties, part used, dosage
Padmaka medicina Properties
Rasa (taste) – Kashaya (astringent), Tikta – bitter
Guna (qualities) – Laghu – light to digest, Snigdha – unctuous, oily
Vipaka- Katu – Undergoes pungent taste conversion after digestion
Veerya – Sheeta – Coolant
Karma- Kapha- Pittahara, (Reduces the increased Kapha and Pitta dosha)
Garbhasthapana (helps in conception by preparing the uterus)
Part used- Stem bark, Seeds
Dosage– Heartwood powder 1-3 g
Decoction- 40-50 ml in divided dose
Chemical composition of Prunus cerasoides:
The plant contains a flavone glucoside- puddumin-A. The bark of the root contains bita-sitosterol, stigmasterol, ursolic acid, prunetinoside, glucogenkwanin and neosakuranin. Seeds contain flavonoid glycosides. The leaves, twigs, bark and kernels contain a cyanogenetic substance.
Ayurvedic uses and indications:
Visarpa – herpes
Daha – burning sensation, as in gastritis, neuropathy, burning sensation in eyes etc
Visphota – boils, blisters
Kushta – skin diseases
Asra – blood disorders such as abscess, skin disorders, bleeding disorders such as menorrhagia, nasal bleeding etc.
Visha – Toxic conditions, poisoning
Trushna – excessive thirst
Raktapitta –Bleeding disorders such as nasal bleeding, heavy periods, etc
Jwara – fever
Chardi – Vomiting
Moha – dizziness, delusion
Bhranti – dizziness, insanity
Garbha Samsthapana – protects pregnancy
- The powder of the plant Padmaka is applied in the form of paste in the treatment of skin diseases, to improve the complexion of skin, to treat herpes.
- The heartwood of the plant Prunus puddum is used to treat vomiting, nausea and gastritis. The powder is given in dosage of 3-5 g.
- The dried powder of the seed of Prunus puddum is given in dosage of 3-5 g to treat renal stones.
- The decoction of Padmaka is given in divided dose of 40-50 ml per day to treat bleeding per vagina, weakness of the uterus and to prepare the uterus for conceiving the foetus.
- The bark or the heartwood of Padmaka is added to boiling water. The boiled water is given to patients suffering from excessive sweating, burning sensation of the whole body and to treat fever.
Important formulations containing Padmaka:
Chandanadi taila- It is an Ayurvedic oil used to treat burning sensation, dizziness, nasal bleeding.
Mahabringaraj oil– An ayurvedic oil which is used to treat hair fall, headache, pain and stiffness of neck.
Jatyadi Oil- It is an ayurvedic oil preparation which is beneficial in the treatment of wounds, ulcers. This formulation is used for external purpose.
Triphaladi oil- It is an ayurvedic oil used for external application to treat hair fall, sinusitis, neck pain.
Stanyajanana rasayana- It is an ayurvedic formulation in the form of confectionery to benefit lactating mothers for increasing the breast milk, immunity and body strength.
Bala oil- It is an oil to treat Vata diseases,vomiting, cough, cold, asthma, wound, emaciation etc. The oil is used both externally and internally.
Grahanimihira oil- Ayurvedic oil used in the treatment of diarrhea, fever, cough, etc. This oil is used both for external and internal administration.
Research, Side effects
Research articles related to Prunus paddum:
Wound healing property- The ointment prepared from the plant Prunus paddum showed wound healing action in human population.
There are no known side effects with this herb.
Dr.B.K.Prashanth M.D (Ayu), Ph.D. Email: E mail: firstname.lastname@example.org