This article is by Dr MS Krishnamurthy MD(Ayu), PhD.
The fruits of Hijjala Barringtonia Acutangula (Linn) Gaertn is used for decoration but it has good medicinal values as well.
It is used to assist Vamana Panchakarma procedure (Vamanopaga). It can also induce Virechana and is especially used for disorders related to head and neck (Urdhva Bhagahara).
The plant is usually found in the coastal area, in backwater regions. This is found in large density in the areas like Bank of Yamuna river, Himalayan ranges, Bengal, Ayodhya.
The fruits are hot in potency and pungent in bio transformation.
It is Kaphapitta shodhaka in nature and Vata pacifying too.
The text Vangasena refers that the fruits are very effective in the treatment of eye disorders.
Tantric practitioners believe that it is potent to overcome the evil spirits and their ill effects.
The plants are rich in saponines and enteroquinol constituents.
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Simple remedies using Hijjala – Indian Oak:
Seed paste in swelling and growths:
The seeds are crushed well and made into fine paste by rubbing with water. This is applied over cysts, growths and swelling/abscesses. 3-5 days medication cures these complaints.
Fruit pulp rubbed with buttermilk as an antidote:
2 teaspoonful of fruits are taken and rubbed well with 10 spoons of buttermilk. Fine paste obtained is administered along with a cup of buttermilk or a cup of decoction of Holy basil. This serves as good antidote in food poisoning.
General method of preparation of decoction (kashaya) – 1 tablespoon of powder is added with 2 cups of water, boiled and reduced to 1 cup, filtered.
Burning, redness of eyes
Leaf juice for burning sensation and redness of eyes:
Tender leaf buds are taken and crushed well to obtain fresh juice. This is instilled to both the eyes in the conditions of conjunctivitis, excess discharge from the eyes etc. This acts as a good coolant.
Fruit rind powder with honey in cough and asthma:
Dried fruits are taken rind is ground to obtain fine powder. 1-2 gram of this powder is mixed with a teaspoon of honey. This paste is administered And asked to lick. In a day 3-4 times this can be repeated. This helps to reduce the com, plaints like cough, cold, tonsillitis, asthma etc.
Dried fruit decoction in fever and jaundice:
Single fruit is taken and macerated with water. Then it is boiled for 5-10 minutes. This decoction is administered along with jaggery twice or thrice a day. This has significant benefits in obstructive jaundice, fever etc.
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The plants like Hijjal increase the beauty of the garden, contribute health benefits whenever needed instantly and its planting is believed to be increasing the strength of the soil so that it will prevent from any of the contaminants and infection agents. Also the leaves increase the fertility of the soil and help in acid-base balance.
Consult Dr Krishnamurthy MD (Ayu), PhD