Pipal Tree

Scientific name of Pipal Tree: Ficus Religiosa Linn

Name of Pipal in different languages:-

English: Peepal, Pippal

Sanskrit: Ashwath-अश्वत्थः

Hindi: Pipal

Malayalam: Arayal-അരയാൽ, ബോധി വൃക്ഷം, പീപ്പലം

Plant description:

The Peepal tree is a large deciduous tree growing up to 30 meters tall, leaves are in shape with an extended drip tip, with a size of 10cm to 16 cm long and 9–12 cm wide, The fruits are 1cm to 1.5 cm in diameter, it is green and turning purple when it becomes ripe, bark and wood of the tree are useful in Ayurveda treatments.

Useful plant parts:

Seeds, Young branches, Wood.

Leaf Arrangement

Shape-Cordate Margin-Entire Venation-pinnate
 Margin_Entire  Venation-pinnate


Medicinal uses:

Wood is used to treat Liver problems, and Seeds and Young branches are used to treat skin diseases, and wounds, asthma, diabetes epilepsy, infectious, diarrhea, gastric problems, inflammatory disorders, and sexual disorders.

Ayurveda uses of Pipal Tree

  1. Digestive Disorders: The leaves of the Pipal tree are believed to have digestive properties and may be used to alleviate digestive disorders like indigestion and constipation.
  2. Respiratory Health: Some Ayurvedic practitioners use the leaves in remedies for respiratory issues, such as coughs and asthma.
  3. Wound Healing: The paste made from the leaves of the Pipal tree is sometimes applied externally to aid in wound healing.
  4. Skin Disorders: It may be used in the treatment of skin conditions, including itching, rashes, and other dermatological issues.
  5. Joint Disorders: The Pipal tree is believed to have properties that can help manage joint pain and arthritis.
  6. Diabetes Management: Some Ayurvedic formulations may include parts of the Pipal tree for their potential benefits in managing blood sugar levels.
  7. Anti-inflammatory Properties: The tree’s various parts are believed to possess anti-inflammatory properties, making them potentially useful in conditions involving inflammation.
  8. Oral Health: In Ayurveda, extracts from the tree may be used for oral health, helping to address issues like gingivitis and bad breath.
  9. Mental Well-being: The Pipal tree is considered sacred in many cultures and is associated with spiritual and mental well-being. It is believed to have a calming effect on the mind.
  10. Spiritual Practices: The Pipal tree is revered in many spiritual and religious traditions. Meditating under the tree is considered auspicious and is believed to promote mental clarity and spiritual growth.

It is one of the ingredients in the Ayurveda medicines like:-

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