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Lodhra

lodhra
Lodhra is a traditional medicine used by Ayurvedic practitioners. All parts like roots, bark as well as leaves of this plant are used for medicinal purposes but most useful is its stem.
Lodhra is considered useful in managing female disorders such as leucorrhea (excessive vaginal discharge) which is caused by vaginal infections as it has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. It helps to manage excessive menstrual bleeding by promoting blood thickening due to its astringent and hemostatic (process which stops bleeding) properties. This hemostatic property is also useful in managing nose bleeding.
For females suffering from PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome), Lodhra is quite useful as it increases the levels of female hormones and reduces the levels of male hormones in the female body. This helps in the maturation and release of eggs which otherwise gets compromised due to hormonal imbalance and reduces the symptoms of PCOS.
Ayurveda recommends taking Lodhra powder with plain water or rice water twice a day to get relief from leucorrhea and other menstrual problems.
Applying Lodhra powder along with rose water on your wounds might help in faster wound healing due to its anti inflammatory, antimicrobial and astringent properties. Lodhra powder can also be applied on your gums along with honey to get relief from swelling and pain[2][3][6].

What are the synonyms of Lodhra?

Symplocos racemosa, Rodhra, Paittka lodhra, Sabara Lodhra, Tirita, Mugam, Symplocos bark, Lodhar, Lodha, Pachotti, Vellilathi, Vellilothram, Lodhuga, Lodh, Lodhpathani[1].

What is the source of Lodhra?

Plant Based

Benefits of Lodhra

1. Menorrhagia
Menorrhagia or heavy menstrual bleeding is known as Raktapradar or excessive secretion of menstrual blood. This is due to an aggravated Pitta dosha. Lodhra balances an aggravated Pitta and controls heavy menstrual bleeding or menorrhagia. This is due to its Sita (cold) and Kashaya (astringent) properties.
Tips:
a. Take ½-1 teaspoon Lodhra powder with plain water or rice water twice a day.
b. Repeat daily to control the symptoms of menorrhagia.

2. Leucorrhea
Leucorrhea is a thick, whitish discharge from the female genitals. According to Ayurveda, leucorrhea is due to an imbalance of Kapha dosha. Lodhra is useful in leucorrhea because of its Kashaya (astringent) property. It helps to control aggravated Kapha and reduce the symptoms of leucorrhea.
Tips:
a. Take ½-1 teaspoon Lodhra powder with plain water or rice water twice a day.
b. Repeat daily to control the symptoms of leucorrhea.

3. Epistaxis
Hemorrhage or bleeding from the nose is called epistaxis. According to Ayurveda, nasal bleeding indicates aggravation of Pitta dosha. Lodhra is a useful herb which helps to control epistaxis. This is because of its Grahi (absorbent) property that helps in thickening of blood to stop hemorrhage (bleeding). It also helps reduce inflammation due to its Sita (cold) property.
Tips:
a. Take ½-1 teaspoon Lodhra powder with plain water or rice water twice a day.
b. Repeat daily to control the symptoms of epistaxis.

Precautions when using Lodhra

Advice from Experts
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People prone to gastrointestinal problems should avoid the consumption of Lodhra in excess or on an empty stomach. It may cause nausea, abdominal heaviness, constipation[3].
Pregnancy
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Although taking Lodhra in food amounts is safe, it should not be consumed for a long duration during pregnancy. So, it is generally advised to avoid Lodhra consumption or to consult your doctor before taking Lodhra or its supplements during pregnancy[3].

Recommended Dosage of Lodhra

  • Lodhra Powder - ½-1 teaspoon twice a day.

How to use Lodhra

1. Lodhra Powder
a. Take ½-1 teaspoon Lodhra powder with plain water or rice water twice a day.
b. Take it after meals.

2. Lodhra water decoction
Take 10-20 teaspoons (about 50-100 ml) Lodhra water decoction in divided doses during the day.

Benefits of Lodhra

1. Leucorrhea
Leucorrhea is a thick, whitish discharge from the female genitals. According to Ayurveda, leucorrhea is due to an imbalance of Kapha dosha. Lodhra is useful in leucorrhea when used as a vaginal wash. This is because of its Kashaya (astringent) property.
Tips:
a. Take 1-2 cups of water in a pot.
b. Add 1-2 teaspoons of Lodhra powder.
c. Boil until less than half the water remains in the pot.
d. Filter the decoction using a strainer.
e. Cool to lukewarm and wash the genital area once or twice a day.

2. Wound healing
Lodhra helps in quick healing of wound, decreases swelling and brings back the normal texture of the skin. This is due to its Ropan (healing) property. It also reduces the inflammation and gives a cooling effect due to its Sita (cold) nature.
Tips:
a. Take 1-2 teaspoons of Lodhra powder.
b. Add some rose water to it.
c. Apply on the skin and let it to dry.
d. Once dried, wash with lukewarm water.
e. Repeat daily for quick healing of the wound.

Recommended Dosage of Lodhra

  • Lodhra Powder - ½-1 teaspoon or as per requirement.

How to use Lodhra

1. Lodhra Paste
A. For skin problems
i. Take 1-2 teaspoons of Lodhra powder.
ii. Add some rose water to it.
iii. Apply on the skin and leave it to dry.
iv. Once dried, wash with lukewarm water.
v. Repeat this to manage skin problems.

B. For eye problems
i. Take ½-1 teaspoon of Lodhra powder.
ii. Add some butter or ghee to it and make a smooth paste.
iii. Apply the paste on the eyelid or waterline for some time to get rid of itching and pain in the eyes.

C. Oral disorders
i. Take ½-1 teaspoon of Lodhra powder.
ii. Add some honey to make a paste.
iii. Apply on gums or ulcers and keep it for some time.

2. Lodhra Decoction
A. For vaginal discharge
i. Take 1-2 teaspoons of Lodhra powder.
ii. Add 1-2 cup of water to it.
iii. Boil till less than half water remains.
iv. Filter the decoction using a strainer.
v. Let it cool a bit and apply on the vagina.
vi. Prepare fresh decoction for every application.

Frequently asked questions

Q. Where can you find Lodhra in India?

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Lodhra is mainly found in the north-east India - Assam and Pegu regions.

Q. What are the medicinal uses of Lodhra powder?

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Lodhra powder has various impressive medicinal benefits. It is a rich source of antioxidants which prevents the cell damage caused by free radicals and manages skin problems like wrinkles. It is useful in acne and pimples due to its analgesic, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. It also helps in managing fever due to its antipyretic activity[2][8].
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Ayurvedic View
Lodhra powder is generally used in the management of conditions which occur due to an imbalance of Pitta and Kapha dosha such as acne, pimples, inflammation. Lodhra powder helps to manage these conditions due to its Pitta-Kapha balancing, Sita(cold) and Sothhar (anti-inflammatory) properties. It also helps in quick wound healing, improves stamina and maintains good health due to its Ropan (healing) and Balya (strength provider) properties.
Tips
1. Take 1-2 teaspoons of Lodhra powder.
2. Add some rose water to make a paste.
3. Apply this paste on the skin and leave it to dry.
4. Once dried, wash with lukewarm water.
5. Repeat this to manage skin problems.

Q. Can Lodhra be used in case of PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome)?

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Modern Science View
Yes, Lodhra can be used to manage PCOS. PCOS is a condition where the eggs do not mature and release from the ovary. There is an increase in testosterone level. It decreases the level of female hormones like estrogen and progesterone. Lodhra has anti-androgenic effect that helps to reduce the level of testosterone in these patients. It helps to restore the level of female hormones that lead to maturation and release of eggs from the ovary[6].

Q. Can Lodhra be used in case of leucorrhea (excessive vaginal discharge)?

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Modern Science View
Yes, Lodhra can be used in the management of leucorrhea (excessive vaginal discharge). Lodhra has antimicrobial activity. It inhibits the growth of micro-organisms involved in the vaginal infection. Lodhra also has anti-inflammatory, astringent and cooling properties[3].

Q. Can Lodhra be used in case of heavy menstrual bleeding?

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Modern Science View
Yes, Lodhra can be used to manage heavy menstrual bleeding. It has astringent and hemostatic properties. It constricts the blood vessels and controls bleeding[5].

Q. Can Lodhra be used in case of bleeding piles?

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Yes, Lodhra can be used in case of bleeding piles. It has astringent and hemostatic properties. It helps in thickening of blood to control bleeding. It also constricts the blood vessels and reduces bleeding[5].

Q. Can Lodhra be used to manage diarrhea?

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Modern Science View
Yes, Lodhra can be used to manage diarrhea. It has antimicrobial, anti-diarrheal and astringent properties. Lodhra bark promotes digestion and controls intestinal secretions[3][4].

Q. Does Lodhra help to control epistaxis (nose bleeding)?

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Modern Science View
Yes, Lodhra helps to control epistaxis (nose bleeding). It has astringent and hemostatic properties. It helps in thickening of the blood to control hemorrhage or bleeding. It also reduces inflammation and bleeding by constricting the blood vessels[5].

Q. Can Lodhra powder cause constipation?

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Ayurvedic View
Sometimes Lodhra powder can cause constipation because of its Grahi (absorbent) and Kashaya (astringent) properties. It makes the stool little hard and leads to constipation.

Q. Is Lodhra beneficial for hemorrhages?

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Modern Science View
Enough scientific evidence is not available to support the role of Lodhra in hemorrhages.
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Ayurvedic View
Hemorrhage is a condition of internal bleeding which occurs mainly due to an imbalance of Pitta dosha. Lodhra helps to manage this condition due to its Pitta balancing and Kashaya (astringent) properties. It also has Rakta Stambhak (hemostatic) and Ropan (healing) properties due to which it prevents blood loss and helps to heal the affected area.

Q. How does Lodhra is used in diabetes?

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Modern Science View
Lodhra helps to manage the symptoms of diabetes due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It prevents pancreatic cells against damage caused by free radicals and enhances insulin secretion. Thus, lowering blood glucose levels[7].
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Ayurvedic View
Diabetes is a condition caused by an imbalance of Vata and Kapha dosha and may lead to poor internal health. Lodhra helps to manage this condition due to its Kapha balancing property. It also improves the internal health of the body due to its Balya (strength provider) property.

Q. Does Lodhra improves body strength?

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Enough scientific evidence is not available to support the role of Lodhra in improving body strength.
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Ayurvedic View
Yes, Lodhra helps to improve body strength due to its Balya (strength provider) property. It helps to maintain and retain the health of the body.

Q. Can Lodhra be used in case of leucorrhea (excessive vaginal discharge)?

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Modern Science View
Yes, Lodhra can be used in the management of leucorrhea (excessive vaginal discharge). Lodhra has antimicrobial activity. It inhibits the growth of micro-organisms involved in the vaginal infection. Lodhra also has anti-inflammatory, astringent and cooling properties. Thus, it provides a soothing effect when applied in the form of vaginal wash[3].

Q. Does Lodhra help in wound healing?

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Modern Science View
Yes, Lodhra is useful in cleaning the wound as well as in wound healing. It has antimicrobial activity that prevents infection of the wound. Lodhra has anti-inflammatory, astringent and cooling properties. It controls bleeding and produces a soothing effect[3][4].

Q. Can Lodhra be used to treat gum problems?

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Modern Science View
Yes, Lodhra can be used to treat swollen, spongy and bleeding gums. It has anti-inflammatory property that reduces swelling. The astringent property helps to control bleeding. It also produces a cooling and soothing effect on the gums[4].

Q. Can Lodhra be used for dental problems?

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Modern Science View
Although enough scientific evidence is not available to support the role of Lodhra for dental problems. However, it might be used for toothache due to its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties[4].
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Ayurvedic View
Yes, Lodhra can be used in dental problems like pain, bleeding, inflammation and infection which generally occur due to an imbalance of Vata-Pitta dosha. Lodhra helps to manage these conditions mainly due to its Pitta balancing property. It manages infections as well as inflammations due to its Sothhar (anti-inflammatory) and Kashaya (astringent)properties. It also has Sita (cold) and Rakta Stambhak (hemostatic) properties which provide a cooling effect and stops bleeding.
Tips
1. Take ½-1 teaspoon of Lodhra powder.
2. Add some honey to make a paste.
3. Apply this paste on gums or ulcers and keep it for some time.

Q. What are the benefits of Lodhra for skin?

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Modern Science View
Lodhra is beneficial for the skin as it helps to control acne due to its anti-inflammatory property. It protects the skin cells against damage caused by free radicals due to its antioxidant property. It prevents wrinkles and is used as an ingredient in anti-wrinkle creams. Lodhra bark powder helps to heal wounds due to its strong healing property[2][6].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Lodhra is beneficial in skin problems like inflammation or acne which occurs due to an imbalance of Pitta-Kapha dosha. Lodhra helps to manage these conditions due to its Pitta-Kapha balancing, Sothhar (anti-inflammatory) and Kashaya (astringent) properties. It also has Ropan (healing) property which helps to heal the skin and prevents it from further damage.
Tips
1. Take 1-2 teaspoons of Lodhra powder.
2. Add some rose water to it.
3. Apply on the skin and leave it to dry.
4. Once dried, wash with lukewarm water.
5. Repeat this to manage skin problems.

Q. Is Lodhra used in case of ear and eye disease treatment?

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Modern Science View
Although enough scientific evidence is not available to support the role of Lodhra in case of ear and eye disease. However, it might help manage eye infections due to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties[2].
ayurvedic
Ayurvedic View
Yes, Lodhra might be beneficial in some ear or eye problems like inflammation or infection which generally occurs due to an imbalance of Pitta dosha. Lodhra helps to manage these conditions due to its Pitta balancing, Sothhar (anti-inflammatory), Kashaya (astringent), Ropan (healing) and Chakshushya (eye tonic) properties.
Tips
1. Take ½-1 teaspoon of Lodhra powder.
2. Add some butter or ghee to make a smooth paste.
3. Apply this paste on the eyelid or waterline for some time to get rid of itching and pain in the eyes.

Q. How to make Lodhra face pack?

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Modern Science View
Lodhra Face Pack can be made by following method:
1. Mix Lodhra powder, Rakta chandan, Haridra, Multani Mitti and manjistha powder in equal proportions.
2. Add rose water or buttermilk to this mixture to form a paste.
3. You can also add lemon juice or tulsi powder to this paste.
4. Apply the paste on the face.
5. Let it dry and wash your face with water.

Q. Can I use Lodhra powder on the skin?

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Modern Science View
Yes, Lodhra powder can be used on the skin. It is used in anti-wrinkle creams due to its antioxidant property. It also helps in managing acne and pimples due to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties[2][9][10].

References

  1. The Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia Of India.Part 1 Volume 1.
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  3. WHO. Lodhra powder for leucorrhoea.Traditional Herbal Remedies for Primary Health Care.2010.
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  6. Ravichandran, G., V.S. Bharadwaj and S.A. Kolhapure, 2005. Evaluation of the efficacy and safety of "Anti-Wrinkle cream" in the treatment of facial skin wrinkles: A prospective, open, phase III clinical trial. The Antiseptic.2005;102(2): 65-70.External Link
  7. Singh V.K, Reddy K.R. Management of Diabetes mellitus and its complications by Lodhra: A review Review Article. International Journal of Ayurvedic Medicine. 2015, 6(4), 305-309 External Link
  8. Bhusnar UH, Nagore HD, Nipanikar S.U. Phytopharmacological Profile of Symplocos racemosa: A Review. Pharmacologia.2014;5(2):76-83.External Link
  9. Ravichandran, G., V.S. Bharadwaj and S.A. Kolhapure, 2005. Evaluation of the efficacy and safety of "Anti-Wrinkle cream" in the treatment of facial skin wrinkles: A prospective, open, phase III clinical trial. Antiseptic, 2005;102(2): 65-70.External Link
  10. Bhusnar UH, Nagore HD, Nipanikar S.U. Phytopharmacological Profile of Symplocos racemosa: A Review. Pharmacologia.2014;5(2):76-83.External Link
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