Tree Turmeric

The Scientific name of Tree Turmeric: Coscinium fenestratum (Gaertn.) Colebr

Name of Tree Turmericin different languages:-

Sanskrit: Darvi, Daruharidra, Peetadaru, Peetadru, Krishnacandana, Daru-haridrakam, pita Candanak, Kaleyaka.

English: Black sandalwood

Hindi: Daruhaldi, Jharihaldi

Malayalam: Maramanjal മരമഞ്ഞൾ

Plant description:-

Tree Turmeric- Coscinium fenestratum (Gaertn.) Colebr is a dioecious climber, woody plant, found in Western ghats, it is endangered in India, leaves are arranged almost spirally yellowish-green ovate-oblong, sized up to 30 cm long and 22 cm broad, heart-shaped, petioles up to 15 cm long, a small tail at apex, simple and oppositely arranged. The flowers are yellow or whitish, flowering is August to October. The fruits are brown or yellowish consists of three drupes, 1 to 3 cm in diameter and globular.

Leaf Arrangement

Shape-Heart shaped Margin-Entire Venation-Arcuated
 heartshaped  Margin_Entire  Arcuated

Useful plant parts :

Bark, stem

Medicinal uses of Tree Turmeric:

to treat venomous bites with anti-diabetic properties, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-oxidant and several alkaloids.
Chemical content of Tree Turmeric: 

Antiseptic, Antibiotic

Ayurveda uses of Tree Turmeric

Tree Turmeric, scientifically known as Berberis aristata, is a plant with several traditional uses in Ayurvedic medicine. Here are some of its applications:

  1. Digestive Health: It is used to support digestive function, improve appetite, and alleviate gastrointestinal discomfort.
  2. Liver Support: Tree Turmeric is believed to have hepatoprotective properties and is used to support liver health.
  3. Anti-inflammatory: It is used for its potential anti-inflammatory effects, which may be beneficial in conditions involving inflammation.
  4. Skin Disorders: Tree Turmeric is used in formulations for various skin conditions due to its potential anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties.
  5. Respiratory Health: It may be used in Ayurvedic remedies for respiratory conditions, although its use in these cases should be done under the guidance of a qualified practitioner.
  6. Blood Sugar Management: Some traditional practices use Tree Turmeric for its potential to help regulate blood sugar levels.
  7. Antimicrobial: It is believed to have antimicrobial properties, which can be useful in treating infections.
  8. Menstrual Disorders: In some cases, it may be used to address menstrual irregularities and discomfort.
  9. Urinary Disorders: Tree Turmeric may be included in formulations to address certain urinary issues.

It’s important to note that while Tree Turmeric has a history of traditional use, scientific research on its specific Ayurvedic applications is limited. As with any herbal remedy, consulting a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner or healthcare professional before using Tree Turmeric for therapeutic purposes is recommended. They can provide guidance on proper dosage, preparation, and potential interactions with other medications or conditions.

Tree Turmeric is one of the ingredients in Ayurveda medicines like-

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