Broken Bone Plant

The Scientific name of Broken bone plant: Steriospermum suaveolens

Name of Broken bone plant in different languages:-

English: Indian Padiry tree

Sanskrit: Aralu, Shyonaka, Dunduka

Hindi: Padaly- पाटलिः

Malayalam: Vellappathiri- വെള്ളപ്പാതിരി, Pathiry-പാതിരി 

Plant description:

Broken bone plant is a deciduous medium-sized tree that grows up to 12 m tall; the bark is light brown or dark with corky lenticels. leaves are bi-pinnately arranged and very large, and about 90-180 cm. The leaflets are 2 to 4 pairs, ovate or elliptic, and glabrous. The flowers are reddish purple outside, and pale pinkish yellow inside, fruits are flat capsules, length up to 1, tapered at both ends, woody, seeds very many, flat, and white-winged, which is helpful to fly in the wind to get germinate.

Useful plant parts:

The roots, leaves, fruit, and seeds.

Chemical Contents:

Naphthoquinone lapachol, sitosterol, lapachol, glycoside scutellarein

Medicinal uses:

To treat Vata, Kapha, cardiac disorders, inflammations, dropsy, hiccough, cough, asthma, bronchitis, anorexia, diarrhea, dysentery, gout, vomiting, sprain, wounds, stomachic, and flatulence.

Ayurveda medicinal uses of Steriospermum suaveolens

Stereospermum suaveolens, commonly known as Patala or Fragrant Padri Tree, is a plant with various traditional uses in Ayurvedic medicine. Here are some of the Ayurvedic applications of Stereospermum suaveolens:

1. Anti-inflammatory: It is used to reduce inflammation in conditions like arthritis and joint pain.

2. Analgesic Properties: Patala is believed to have pain-relieving properties and may be used for pain management.

3. Respiratory Health: Ayurveda employs it to address respiratory conditions like asthma and bronchitis.

4. Digestive Support: It’s used to improve digestion, stimulate appetite, and alleviate gastrointestinal discomfort.

5. Diuretic Properties: Some practitioners use it to increase urine production and promote kidney health.

6. Skin Conditions: Patala may be used in formulations for skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis due to its potential to soothe and heal the skin.

7. Fever Reducer: It’s used traditionally to reduce fever and alleviate associated symptoms.

8. Antimicrobial Properties: Patala is believed to have antibacterial and antifungal properties, which may be beneficial in treating infections.

9. Liver Support: Ayurveda suggests that it can promote liver function and help detoxify the body.

10. Cardiovascular Health: Some practitioners use it to support heart health and manage conditions like high blood pressure.

11. Urinary Disorders: It’s believed to be diuretic, aiding in urinary problems.

12. Anti-aging Properties: Its antioxidant-rich nature is thought to slow down the aging process.

13. Menstrual Health: It’s used in some formulations to address menstrual irregularities and associated discomfort.

Always consult with a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner or healthcare provider before using Stereospermum suaveolens or any other herb for medicinal purposes. Individual responses to herbs can vary, so it’s important to approach any herbal remedy with caution and under professional guidance. Additionally, scientific research on its efficacy and safety is limited, so its use should be based on traditional knowledge and expert advice.

One of the ingredients in the Ayurveda medicines like:


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