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General

  • The Ashoka tree (lit., "sorrow-less") is a flowering tree considered sacred throughout India and Sri Lanka where it is found. It is prized for its beautiful foliage and flowers.
  • The botanical name for the Ashoka Tree is Saraca Indica or Jonesia Ashok. It belongs to the legume family and genus Saraca.
  • There is an ashoka tree by Weiyuan Lake in Chung Chi College. Planted in 1997, it is the only one at the University and one of very few in the territory.
  • Ashoka tree, a Caesalpiniaceae originating in India, was introduced into China in the 1950s by Guangzhou’s South China Botanical Garden.
  • A precious plant, the tree’s name ‘Ashoka’ means ‘without sorrow’ in Sanskrit.
  • Ashoka, or Hemapushpa, is one of the most sacred trees to the women of India.

Applications

  • Saraca indica plant exhibits oxytocic activity in rat and human isolated uterine preparations. Estrogen-primed or gravid uterus was more sensitive to the action of the alcoholic extract.
  • Ashoka is also used in the treatment of uterine fibroids, helping to prevent the need for some surgeries. Ayurveda also uses Ashoka to prevent miscarriage in women who are susceptible, and is safe to use in pregnancy.
  • Sita Ashok is natural occurring herb in Chhattisgarh. The natives and traditional healers of Chhattisgarh use Sita Ashok mainly in treatment of gynaecological disorders.
  • In the field of Ayurvedic medicine, there is one herb that stands out as especially useful for treating excessive uterine bleeding: the bark of Saraca asoka (also called Saraca indica), a small evergreen tree native to India.

Market & Reports

  • Ashok trees were abundant in certain pockets like the Ashoknala area near Podadiha, but extensive & unscientific bark extraction has threatened their population.
  • The demand of Ashok bark is more at domestic level than at international level.
  • The requirement of Ashok bark in Everest Homeo is about 1 quintal per annum, that of bhuineem being 1.5 quintals and of RS roots, about 75 kg.

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