Scientific name of Champa: Magnolia champaca / Michelia champaca

Name of Champa in different languages:-

English: Golden Champa, Joy Perfume Tree

Sanskrit: चम्पकः Champaka

Hindi: चम्पा Champa, सोन चम्पा Sona champa

Tamil: Sambagan

Malayalam: Chembakam- ചെമ്പകം, Sworna   chembakam- സ്വർണ ചെമ്പകം

Plant description:

Champa is an evergreen or semi-deciduous tall tree that grows up to 50 m., The leaves are elliptic or ovate, 10 to 20 cm and 4.5 to 10 cm wide, young leaves are velvet-hairy and blades are pale yellow, Leaf-stalks are 2 to 4 cm. Flowers are orange in color and fragrant, tepals are 15 to 20, inverted-lance shaped, 2-4 x 0.4-0.5 cm, flowering in June-September. Fruit is found in clusters of 7 to 15 cm; obovoid-ellipsoid, 1 to 1.5 cm, tuberculat, seeds occurs from September to October. Flowers are useful for making fragrant oils.

Useful plant parts:

Flowers, Bark, flower buds, Root skin

Medicinal uses:

To treat cardiac disorders, malaria, inflammation, amenorrhoea, cough, dyspepsia, worm infestation, burning sensation, gout, ulcers, and wounds.

Ayurveda medicinal uses of Champa

Magnolia champaca, commonly known as Champaca or Champa, is highly valued in Ayurvedic medicine for its therapeutic properties. Here are some of its traditional medicinal uses:

1. Aromatherapy and Stress Relief: The essential oil extracted from Champaca flowers is used in aromatherapy for its calming and stress-relieving properties. It is believed to promote relaxation and mental well-being.

2. Digestive Aid: Champaca flowers are used in Ayurvedic remedies to alleviate digestive issues. They are believed to stimulate appetite and improve overall digestive function.

3. Antibacterial and Antifungal Properties: Champaca extracts are used for their potential to combat bacterial and fungal infections. They are applied topically to treat skin conditions caused by microbial infections.

4. Anti-inflammatory Properties: Champaca is known for its anti-inflammatory effects, which may help reduce inflammation associated with conditions like arthritis.

5. Respiratory Health: It is used in Ayurvedic formulations to support respiratory health. Champaca is believed to help clear respiratory passages and alleviate conditions like coughs and congestion.

6. Aphrodisiac Properties: Some traditional remedies use Champaca for its aphrodisiac effects, believed to enhance sexual desire and performance.

7. Skin Care: The oil derived from Champaca flowers is used in skincare for its moisturizing properties. It is believed to help nourish and rejuvenate the skin.

8. Headache and Migraine Relief: Champaca oil is sometimes used in head massage or as a topical application to alleviate headaches and migraines.

9. Menstrual Support: In Ayurveda, Champaca is used to regulate menstrual cycles and alleviate associated discomfort. It is believed to have properties that help balance hormonal levels.

10. Calming Nervous System: Champaca is traditionally used to soothe the nervous system, making it beneficial for conditions related to anxiety and nervousness.

11. Improving Sleep Quality: Due to its calming properties, Champaca is sometimes used in aromatherapy or massage to promote better sleep.

It’s important to note that while Champaca has been traditionally used for these purposes in Ayurveda, scientific studies on its medicinal properties may be limited. Always consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner or Ayurvedic expert before using any herb or plant for medicinal purposes.

Chemical constituents:

Iiriodenine, Macheline, Lanuginosine, Polyisoprenoid, Saponins, B- sitosterol, Liridenine, Champakin, Liriodenine, Micheliolide, Essential oil, tannins, Champacene, Linalool, triterpenoids, steroids,  carbohydrates, Glycosides, and Resins.

Champa is used as an ingredient to prepare Ayurvedic medicines like:-

Baladhatryadi Thailam


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