Tuvaraka is an evergreen deciduous tree which can grow up to 16 m or more in height. Bark is rough, brown and wood whitish but generally becomes brownish-grey due to fungal sap-stain and turns streaked. Leaves are oblong, ovate or elliptic, somewhat serrate and cm long. Flowers of this herb are small, solitary fascicles and greenish white. Fruits are globose, mammilate, tomentose and 5.

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Tuvaraka plant is an ancient Ayurvedic herb used mainly in the treatment of skin diseases. It is in use since the time of Sushruta. It belongs to Flacourtiaceae family. Sanskrit synonyms: Katu Kapittha — Has pungent tasting fruit that looks similar to Kapittha fruit. It contains hypnocarpic acid, chaulmoorgic acid and its homologues. It also contains oleic acid and palmitic acids.

Medicinal qualities of Hydnocarpus laurifolia Rasa — Katu, Tikta pungent and bitter tastes Guna qualities — Snigdha unctuous, oily , Teekshna piercing Vipaka — taste conversion after digestion — Katu pungent Veerya Potency — Ushna — hot in nature. Effect on Tridosha — Balances Kapha Doshas. It is useful in the treatment of Krimi — Intestinal worms, helminthiasis, infected wounds, Kushta — skin diseases Jwara — Fever Anaha — bloating Meha — diabetes Arsha — piles Vranashopha — wounds with inflammation Because of its pain relieving quality, it is used in treating neuropathy, rheumatoid arthritis and gout.

Chalmoogra oil obtained from this plant is used in the treatment of skin diseases including leprosy. External application: It is extensively used for external application to relieve skin disorders, itching, non healing wounds, sinuses and abscesses. It also relieves pain. Side effects: There are no known side effects with this herb. It is safe to use this during lactation and in children.

Seek medical advice for usage during pregnancy. Can this be used while taking Homeopathic medicine? This product does not react with homeopathic medicine. Can this medicine be continued while taking supplements like multivitamin tablets, Omega 3 fatty acids etc?

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. 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.

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Background: Hydnocarpus laurifolia Dennst Sleummer. Different extracts of this plant have been studied for pharmacological activities such as anti-hyperglycemic activity, anti-hyperlipidemic activity etc. Though it is an important plant, till date, no reported pharmacognostical data are available on seeds. Aim: The present study is aimed towards evaluating in detail pharmacognostical characteristics of the seeds of H. Materials and Methods: Macroscopic and microscopic pharmacognostical characters of seeds were noted by following standard methods. Results: Pharmacognostical evaluation of seed shows the presence of crystalline masses of calcium carbonate, nonpitted sclereids and stone cells, spherical stone cells, aleurone grains, and fragment of tegmen.


Tuvaraka (Hydnocarpus laurifolia)

Leaves simple, alternate, distichous; stipules caducous; petiole 0. Berry, woody, globose, apiculate 6 cm across usually brown tomentose, black when young; seeds numerous. A globose berry, rind very hard, rusty; seeds few, embedded in pulp. Fruiting throughout the year. Best supported on Google Chrome, Firefox 3.

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