Ahsoka Plant (Saraca Asoca)
Ashoka is a perennial plant native to Southeastern Asia and India. There are a few varieties of the Ashoka tree growing in different regions and habitats, and they are called by different names depending on where they are from.
The ashoka is prized for its beautiful foliage and fragrant flowers. It is an evergreen tree, with deep green leaves growing in dense clusters. The flowers come in heavy, lush bunches. Some are bright orange-yellow in color, some are red in colour.
Ashoka is a very popular medicinal herb in Ayurveda medicine. According to Plant Information, all parts of the plant have medicinal properties. Its leaves contain steroids, glycosides, carbohydrates, saponins and tannins. Barks have steroids, glycosides, carbohydrates, saponins and tannins. Flowers are medicinally used to treat cancer, diabetes and hemorrhagic dysentery, menorrhagia and other uterine disorders.
Ashoka can be used in various forms for different health conditions such as tablet form, powder form, juice form, decoction form, capsule form and paste form. It can be used externally or internally according to the condition.
Saraca Asoca is a plant belonging to the Detarioideae subfamily of the legume family.
This is the pod containing the seeds.
The following Ashoka flowers are of a different species. They are ornamental, and can be planted in a pot.
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