Devil's Tree - Benefits And Healing Power
Botanical Name: Alstonia scholaris
Indian Name: Saitan-ka-jhad, Chhatim
Description and Composition
Devil's tree is a large evergreen tree about 25 metres high. It has a bitter milky juice, rough, dark grey bark and whorled branches. Its leaves are small and it has greenish-white flowers Its fruits are long, narrow and slender. The dried bark of the tree constitutes the drug.
The bark of the tree contains many alkaloids. Of these, the most important are ditamine and ditain. The latter is an uncrystallisable bitter principle to which are ascribed the, febrifuge, that is, the thirst quenching properties of the drug.
Benefits and Healing Power of Devil's tree
The bark of the devil's tree has been reputed in the indigenious system of medicines for ages as a tonic and a drug, which restores the normal function of the digestive system. It is also useful in fevers and skin diseases.
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