White Dammar

Scientific name of White Dammar: Vateria indica

Name in different languages:-

English: Indian Copal, Malabar tallow, Vateria,  Piney varnish tree

Sanskrit: Rala, Sसर्जकः Sarjakah

Hindi: Badasal, सफेद डामर safed daamar

Tamil: Painimaram, Vellaikundrikam,Tamil: துருளக்கம் turulakkam, வெள்ளைக்குங்கிலியம் Vellaikkunki-liyam

Plant description:

White Dammar is an evergreen tall tree, found in the Western Ghats elevation of more than 1200 m, and grows up to 40 m tall, The bark is greyish and smooth, and young branchlets are hairy and round. Leaves are alternately arranged, simple, and spirally, Leaf-stalks are 3.5 cm, enlarged at apex, leaves are 27 cm and 10 cm broad, elliptic-oblong, apex abruptly long-pointed or blunt, base round or heart-shaped, margin entire, leathery. Flowers are white, anthers yellow, borne in panicles in the leaf axils, fruits are the capsule, pale brown, oblong, up to 6.4cm and 3.8 cm, one-seeded.

Useful plant parts:


Leaf Arrangement


Shape-Cuneate Margin-Entire Venation-pinnate
 Margin_Entire  Venation-pinnate

Medicinal uses:

To treat amenorrhoea, dysmenorrhoea, bronchitis, tubercular glands, hemicranias, chronic rheumatism, hemorrhoids, and neuralgia.

Chemical contents:

Thermogenic, depurative, expectorant and alexeteric.

Ayurveda uses of White Dammar

White Dammar, scientifically known as Vateria indica, is a tree native to the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia. In Ayurvedic medicine, various parts of the White Dammar tree, including its resin, bark, and leaves, are utilized for their therapeutic properties. Here are some of the traditional Ayurvedic uses of White Dammar:

1. Respiratory Conditions: White Dammar resin is used in Ayurvedic formulations for treating respiratory issues like cough, bronchitis, and asthma. It is believed to help in clearing respiratory passages.

2. Anti-inflammatory: It is used for its anti-inflammatory properties and can be used externally for conditions like arthritis or joint pain.

3. Digestive Disorders: Some Ayurvedic remedies incorporate White Dammar to address digestive issues, including indigestion and flatulence.

4. Rheumatism and Arthritis: Due to its purported anti-inflammatory effects, it is used in formulations to alleviate pain and inflammation associated with rheumatism and arthritis.

5. Skin Conditions: White Dammar is used topically for skin conditions such as wounds, ulcers, and skin infections. It is believed to have healing properties.

6. Menstrual Disorders: In Ayurvedic medicine, it may be used to regulate menstrual cycles and alleviate menstrual pain.

7. Wound Healing: It is believed to have wound-healing properties and may be used topically on wounds, cuts, and injuries.

8. Urinary Disorders: White Dammar may be used in Ayurvedic preparations to address certain urinary disorders.

9. Anti-microbial: It is believed to have antimicrobial properties, which can be beneficial in treating infections.

10. Mental Health: In some traditional practices, White Dammar is used for its potential calming and grounding effects on the mind.

11. Spiritual and Ritualistic Uses: White Dammar resin has been used in various spiritual and ritualistic practices in some cultures.

It’s important to note that while White Dammar has a long history of traditional use, scientific research on its efficacy and safety is limited. As with any herbal remedy, it’s advisable to consult a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner or healthcare professional before using White Dammar for therapeutic purposes. They can guide proper dosage, preparation, and potential interactions with other medications or conditions.

It is used as an ingredient to prepare the Ayurvedic medicines like:

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