Ashoka Bark- Saraca indica Uses, Medicinal Qualities, Ayurveda Details

Ashoka is an important Ayurveda herb used mainly in bleeding gynaecological conditions. Its botanical name is Saraka indica or Saraca asoca and it belongs to Caesalpinioideae family.

Vernacular names, Sanskrit synonyms

Name in Hindi, Bengali, Gujarathi, Marathi – Ashoka – Bark of Saraca indica
Tamil name – Ashogam.

Sanskrit synonyms:
Ashoka – Shoka means grief. Ashoka means one that relieves pain and grief of women.
Hemapushpa – flowers of golden colour
Tamrapallava – tender leaves have coppery red colour


Abundantly found in South India, Central and eastern Himalayas.

Classical categorization

Charaka Samhita – kashayaskandha (astringent tasting group of herbs)
Vedanasthapana – group of herbs that help to relieve pain

Sushruta and Vagbhata – Rodhradi group of herbs.

Ashoka herb – Medicinal qualities

Guna (qualities) – Laghu (light to digest), Rooksha (dryness)
Rasa (Taste) – Kashaya (astringent), Tikta – Bitter
Vipaka – taste conversion after digestion – Katu (pungent)
Veerya – Sheeta – cold potency
Effect on Tridosha – It balances Kapha and Pitta.

Saraca indica uses

Saraca indica medicinal uses

Sheetala – coolant
Grahi – absorbent
Varnya – Improves skin complexion
Doshahara – natural detoxifier, cleanser
Apachi hara – relieves growth, tumors
Trushnahara – relieves thirst
Dahahara – relieves burning sensation
Krumighna – relieves worm infestation
Shoshahara – relieves emaciation
Vishahara – useful in poisoning
Asrajit – useful in bleeding diseases
Hrudya – useful in cardiac disorders, acts as cardiac tonic
Shramaapaha – relieves tiredness
Gulmahara – relieves abdominal tumor, bloating
Shulahara – relieves abdominal colic pain
Udarahara – useful in ascites
Adhmanahara – relieves bloating

Part used, Side effects

Part used: Stem bark, seeds
Stem bark is usually used in decoction (Kashayam) form.

Ashoka Side effects:
It tends to worsen amenorrhoea.
People with cardiac disorders should seek medical consultation before taking this herb.

Interaction with medicines, supplements

Can this be used while taking Homeopathic medicine?
Yes. This product does not react with homeopathic medicine.

Can this medicine be continued while taking supplements like multivitamin tablets, Omega 3 fatty acids etc?
Yes. Generally, this product goes well with most of the dietary supplements. However, if you are taking more than one product per day, please consult your doctor for an opinion.

With western medicines
Seek your doctor’s advice if you are taking this product along with other western (allopathic / modern) medicines. Some Ayurvedic herbs can interact with modern medicine.
If both Ayurvedic and allopathic medicines are advised together, then it is best to take Allopathic medicine first, wait for 30 minutes and then take the Ayurvedic medicine.

Ayurveda Medicines

Ashokarishtam – a very famous liquid medicine used in bleeding disorders, menorrhagia, diarrhoea etc.
Ashoka Ghrita – An herbal ghee medicine used in menstrual pain, bleeding, anaemia etc.
Chandanadi Thailam – Used in treatment of nasal bleeding, dizziness, jaundice, herpes etc.
Nyagrodhadi Kashayam – An herbal decoction used in bleeding disorders, obesity treatment etc.

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