Shorea robusta: Indian dammer gives relief from bleeding piles
By Syed Akbar
Shorea robusta is considered a holy tree by Hindus and Buddhists. Ancient Indian textsshow that Shorea or common sal is a favourite tree of Lord Sri Vishnu. Also known asIndian dammer, Shorea robusta finds its use in Ayurveda, Unani and tribal systems ofmedicine. It has a number of medicinal properties but the tree is valued for its abilityto stop bleeding piles and provide relief to the patient. Bark, leaves, fruit and resin of Shorea are used in medicinal preparations. The resin isalso burnt as incense and the fumes thus obtained are said to have medicinal properties.Shorea ointments for skin troubles, breast enhancement and for bleeding piles areavailable in herbal stores. Some herbal doctors consider Shorea as a natural remedy for diabetes, nervine pain, arthritis, burns, ulcers, and jaundice and skin infections. It has anti-bacterialproperties too. --------------------------- Home remedies --------------------------- *Resin obtained from Shorea robusta bark is used for relief from arthritis. Take a fewgrams of Shorea resin and add it to the white of egg. Mix them well with a spoon andapply the paste on the affected portion. It gives relief from joint pains caused byarthritis. *Herbal cream prepared from Shorea leaves is applied to wounds for quick healing. It killsgerms including bacteria. *For those suffering from diarrhea, a mixture of Shorea robusta and Mimosa pudica powderis administered orally. When taken in small quantities (one gram), it provides relieffrom diarrhea. *Robusta resin is taken orally in small quantities for goiter. Goiter is caused due toiodine deficiency. *In case of anaemia, intake of Shorea leaf powder with honey will help in improving theRBC count. *Herbal doctors point out that fumes of Shorea resin provide relief from uncontrollablehiccups.