English: Mountain Ebony
Latin: Bauhiniavariegata Linn. (B.racemosa)
Part Used: Bark, root, bud, gum,leaves, seed, flowers Habitat: Sub-Himalayan tract, forests of India and Burma (Myanmar)
Energetics: Sweet,bitter, astringent PK- V+
Action: Bark—alterative, tonic, astringent; root—
carminative; flowers —laxative.
Uses: Best for lymphatic system/glands Worms,gargle with bark liquid for sore throat; bud decoction for cough, bleeding hemorrhoids, hematuria, menorrhagia. Bark emulsified with rice water and ginger for TB, enlargement of neck glands. Bark and ginger paste for TB tumors. Bark decoction for ulcer wash, skin diseases, diarrhea. Buds—diarrhea, worms, hemorrhoids, dysentery. Root decoction— indigestion, heartburn, gas, malaria, weight loss (anti-fat); flowers with sugar—gentle laxative; Kañchanar guggul—TB tumors, ulcers, skin diseases, gonorrhea, edema, increase white blood cells. Ingredients; kañchanar bark (10 parts): ginger, black pepper, long pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, tejpatra leaves (cassia cinnamon), triphalá (1 part of each of the above herbs)]. This is taken every morning with triphalá or khadira/ (catechu/ acacia catechu, wild.) decoction.
Preparation: Emulsion, paste, gargle, decoction
Source: The Ayurveda Encyclopedia