Ash Sheora

The Scientific name of Ash Sheora: Glycosmis Pentaphylla

Name of Ash Sheora in different languages:-

English: Rum Berry, Gin berry, Orangeberry.

Sanscrit: Asvasakhotah, Kupiluh.

Hindi: बन निम्बू – Ban nimbu.

Malayalam: Panal-പാണൽ.

Plant description

Ash Sheora or Ban Nimbu-Glycosmis Pentaphylla is an evergreen shrub or small tree, found in Western ghats, throughout Kerala and grows as a weed in plantations, plane lands, pocket forests, etc., branching,  grows up to 3.5  meters in tall, bark is smooth and dark brown. The leaves are simple, oblong-ovate imparipinnate, and alternate. Flowers are small, and white, occurring in leaf axils as clusters. Fruits are berries, 1 cm across 1 cm across,  pulpy, globose, pink colored, seed single. The flowering and fruiting period is from October to May. The fruits are edible so it is cultivated for fruits.

Leaf Arrangement

Shape-Cuneate Margin-Entire Venation-Reticulate


Useful plant parts:

Leaf, whole plant, root.

Medicinal uses: 

To treat headaches, poisons, wounds etc.

Medicinal Properties:

Antibacterial, anti-fungal.

Ayurveda medicinal uses of Ash Sheora-Glycosmis Pentaphylla

  1. Respiratory Disorders: Brihati is believed to have expectorant properties and is used in Ayurvedic remedies to address respiratory conditions such as coughs, colds, and bronchitis.
  2. Digestive Health: The plant is used in Ayurveda to support digestive function. It is believed to stimulate digestion and may be used to alleviate digestive disorders like indigestion and flatulence.
  3. Urinary Disorders: Brihati is traditionally used to support urinary health. It is believed to have diuretic properties and may be recommended for conditions like urinary tract infections.
  4. Rheumatism and Joint Disorders: It is believed to have anti-inflammatory properties and may be used in Ayurvedic remedies to alleviate joint pain and inflammation, particularly in conditions like arthritis.
  5. Fever Management: Some Ayurvedic formulations use Brihati to help manage fevers, as it is believed to have antipyretic properties.
  6. Skin Conditions: The plant is used in traditional remedies for its potential benefits in addressing skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and other dermatological issues.
  7. Anti-parasitic Properties: Brihati is believed to have anthelmintic properties and may be used in Ayurvedic treatments to expel intestinal worms.
  8. Menstrual Disorders: It is sometimes used in Ayurvedic preparations to address menstrual irregularities and discomfort.
  9. Liver Health: Brihati is believed to have hepatoprotective properties and may be used to support liver function.
  10. Wound Healing: In some traditional remedies, Brihati may be applied topically to wounds to promote healing. It is believed to have antimicrobial properties that can help prevent infections.
  11. Anti-inflammatory Properties: The plant is believed to have anti-inflammatory effects and may be used to reduce inflammation in the body.
  12. Fertility and Reproductive Health: In traditional Ayurvedic medicine, Brihati is believed to have properties that may support reproductive health, both in men and women.

It’s important to note that while Glycosmis pentaphylla has a long history of traditional use in Ayurvedic medicine, scientific research on its efficacy is ongoing, and not all of its traditional uses have been conclusively supported by modern scientific evidence. As with any herbal remedy, it’s advisable to consult a qualified healthcare practitioner or an Ayurvedic expert before using Glycosmis pentaphylla or any other herbal treatment, especially if you have any pre-existing medical conditions or are taking medications.


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