This article is by Dr MS Krishnamurthy MD(Ayu), PhD.
Indian coral tree is really a plant of beauty. When it flowers, it appears like red birds are boarding over the top of the tree.
Botanical name – Erythrina variegata.
Sanskrit name – Paribhadraka
The plants can be found almost all states of India.
Even though red colored flower possessing trees are found abundantly, white colored flower bearing trees are rich with medicinal properties and they are considered to be more soothing in nature.
Classical literature emphasize its use in Ear related various disorders and Acharya PV Sharma refer it as a potent Karnya drug (tonic for the ears).
The plants undergo pungent kind of bio transformation and hot in potency. Mainly these are Vata-kaphahara in nature. Where as flowers are Pitta pacifying in nature. White flower bearing plants are believed to be cold in potency.
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Few important simple remedies and their health bemnefits are mentioned here below-
Water distillate of the bark for ear ache:
Fresh or dry bark of the plant is taken and soaked in water overnight. Next day morning it is distilled with the help of pressure cooker. The distillate is preserved in glass bottles. This distillate is used as ear drops – 3- 4 drops 2 times a day for the treatment of earache.
Decoction of the stem bark for menstrual pain and irregular menstruation:
The stem bark decoction is administered during the period of menstruation in cases of severe menstrual pain. Any anti spasmodic tablet like Dhanvantari vati, Chitrakadi vati etc can also be used meanwhile.
General method of preparation of decoction (kashaya) – 1 tablespoon of powder is added with 2 cups of water, boiled and reduced to 1 cup, filtered.
In irregular cycles the decoction is advised to take daily once from 10th day of menstruation to the 20th day. This is repeated for three consecutive periods.
Flower –hot infusion wash for furrunculosis:
Hot infusion of the flowers is used to wash the external pinna of the ears in the cases of furrunculosis. In folliculitis also this this used to wash the legs.
Leaf cold infusion or fresh juice for dysuria:
The fresh juice or cold infusion of the leaves is taken internally once or twice a day. It is effective in burning urination.
The leaves are the favorite food for the goats and sheeps.
Before the modern devices related to the incubators, in village sides the Dais used to apply the egg white all over the body of the pre-term baby and they used to wrap the body with the leaves of Paribhadra. If some studies are carried fruitful things can surface out of ancient wisdom.
Nature has given us everything…. The question is do we help/give back any thing to this God’s greatest gift nature. It is important to safeguard each plant of natural resource. Also unnecessary plucking of flowers and leaves, cutting the twigs and branches, pealing or separating the stem barks etc should be avoided and this is also great contributions ton preserve and protect mother nature.
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