Ashoka [Saraca Asoca (Roxb.) Willd.] : A Salubrious Plant
Over the centuries, plants have been known to be a potential source of therapeutics. A comprehensive review of medicinal plants and its diversified action in mitigating the diseases is essential to be documented for serving mankind. Saraca asoca (Roxb.) willd. Belonging to the family Caesalpinioideae is a rain-forest tree, prized for its beautiful foliage and fragrant flowers. It’s found wild along streams and in the shades of evergreen forests. All most all parts of the plant are considered as pharmacologically important especially bark and flower. Bark is generally adulterated part of the plant with the bark of other plants like Polyalthia longifolia, Bauhinia variegata and Shorea robusta. It mainly contains tannin and catechin in substantial amount and widely used as uterine tonic, Antimenorrhagia, Analgesic, Anti-pyretic, Anthelmintic, Dermatoprotective and anti-diabetic. The current article highlights about review of Ashoka and its microscopical features.
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