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Saraca asoca - Ashoka, Ashoka tree

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Ashoka flolwer & leaf

Ashoka tree is one of the most legendary and sacred trees of India and holds valuable importance in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. It is an evergreen tree 15-20 meters high. Its family is Ceasalpiniaceae.[1]


Menstrual cramps, Uterine bleeding, Uterine fibroids, Haemorrhoids, Internal bleeding, Blotches, Pimples, Diarrhea, Sore throats, White discharge, Excess vaginal bleeding, Menstrual disorder.

Parts Used

Bark, Seeds, Flowers

Chemical Composition

Flavonoids, two tannins, allagic acid, catechin, quercetin and quercitrin and Dihydroxy-benzaldehyde and tetramethyl hexadecen-1-ol compounds.[2]

Common names

Language Common name
Kannada Achenge, Ashoka ಅಶೋಕ
Hindi Ashok, Asok
Malayalam Asokam, Hemapushpam
Tamil Anagam, Ashogam
Telugu Asokamu, Vanjulamu
Marathi Ashok
Gujarathi Ashoka
Punjabi Asok
Kashmiri Ashok
Sanskrit Anganapriya, Apashaka
English Ashoka tree



Reference: Dravya - Substance, Rasa - Taste, Guna - Qualities, Veerya - Potency, Vipaka - Post-digesion effect, Karma - Pharmacological activity, Prabhava - Therepeutics.



Tikta (Bitter), Kashaya (Astringent)


Laghu (Light), Ruksha (Dry)


Sheeta (cold)


Katu (Pungent)


Hridya, Visagna, Grahi, Varnya






Kind Shape Feature
Simple Alternate Leavesrae Distichous, stipules caducous; rachis pulvinate, 7-30 cm long



Type Size Color and composition Stamen More information
Unisexual 7.5- 10 cm Orange, white 7 or 8 Inflorescence dense corymbs


Type Size Mass Appearance Seeds More information
Oblong 15 x 4.5 cm Clearly grooved lengthwise, Lowest hooked hairs aligned towards crown 4-8 {{{6}}}

Other features

List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used

Where to get the saplings

Mode of Propagation


How to plant/cultivate

Land preparation and fertilizer application Pits of size 45 cm × 45 cm × 45 cm are prepared at a spacing of 3 m × 3 m. The pits are weathered and refilled with topsoil after mixing with 10 kg FYM per pit. An additional 10 kg manure should be applied as the follow-up dose during October–November.[5]

Commonly seen growing in areas

Tropical area, Subtropical area, Himalayas

Photo Gallery


  1. Karnataka Aushadhiya Sasyagalu By Dr.Maagadi R Gurudeva, Page no:25
  2. Chemical Constituents
  3. Common names
  4. Plant decsription
  5. Planting in the field

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