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Ankol(Alangium Salvifolium)- botanical classification and its health benefits

Ankol(Alangium Salvifolium)- botanical classification and its health benefits

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Ankol (Alangium Salvifolium) is an ayurvedic medicinal plant used for the treatment of hemorrhoids, rheumatic arthritis, loose stools, herpes, blood disorders etc.

Ankol oil is beneficial in itching, eczema, herpes and other skin diseases due to its antipruritic characteristic.



Each part of ankol tree has several medicinal values. For example, seeds are aphrodisiac and provide strength to the body. Athletes use Ankol seeds to increase physical endurance and stamina for exercises.

BOTANICAL CLASSIFICATION Kingdom -PLANTAE

Sub-Kingdom -VIRIDIPLANTAE



Infra Kingdom -STREPTOPHYTA

Super Division -EMBRYOPHYTA

Division -TRACHEOPHYTA



Sub Division -SPERMATOPHYTINA

Class -MAGNOLIOPSIDA

Super Order -Asteranae

Order -Cornales

Family -ALANGIACEAE (CORNACEAE )



Genus -ALANGIUM

Species -A. SALVIIFOLIUM

Scientific Name -ALANGIUM SALVIFOLIUM

Plant Family -ALANGIACEAE

Hindi Name -ANKOL



Sanskrit Name -ANKOLA, ANKOTA, NIKOCHAKA, DEERGHAKEELA

English Name -SAGE LEAVED ALANGIUM

USEFULL PART- 1. Ankol root bark, 2. Ankol Oil, 3. Leaves, 4. Flower, 5. Fruits, 6. Seeds.

CHEMICAL COMPOSITION-

EPI-α-CADINOL,TRANS-2-HYDROXYCALAMENENE,CADALENE, 8-DIHYDROXYCALAMENAL

THERAPEUTIC INDICATIONS

Ankol (Alangium Salvifolium) is helpful in following health conditions-

Ankol Root & Stem Bark- • Fever – As Antipyretic And Antimicrobial (Root Bark)

• Arthritis (Ankol Stem and roots)

• Rheumatic pains (Ankol Stem and roots)

• Backache (Ankol roots)

• Influenza (Root Bark)

• Animal Bites (Root Bark)

• General Body Aches (Root Bark)

• Jaundice (Root Bark With Rice Water For Nasal Administration)

• Urticaria or Chronic Hives

• Diarrhea (Ankol Stem & roots)

• Vomiting (Ankol Stem)

• Constipation (Ankol roots)

• Piles (Ankol roots) – rarely used

• Worms (Ankol roots) – rarely used

• Breathing Troubles & Asthma (Ankol Leaves)

Ankol Oil- • Rejuvenation & Delaying Aging (Nasal Administration

• Premature Discharge- Application on and around navel (umbilicus)

• Boils – local application

• Itching – local application

• Scabies – local application

• 77 – local application

Ankol Leaves- • Breathing troubles & Asthma

• Rheumatic pains (Ankol leaves paste – local application)

• Osteoarthritis (Ankol leaves paste – local application)

Ankol Fruits- • Physical Weakness

• Aphrodisiac

• Bleeding disorders – Nosebleed & Gastrointestinal Bleeding

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