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Gum of silk cotton tree

Gum of silk cotton tree

Sanskrit name: Shalmali
Botanical name: Bombax Malabaricum
Habitat: Throughout the hottest forest regions of India.

 

 

Energetics:

  • Rasa (taste): astringent
  • Virya (action): cooling
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effect): sweet
  • Guna (Qualities): light to digest

General information

Bombax Malabaricum is rich in steroids, tannins, flavonoids, triterpenoids, saponins, cholesterol and hydrocarbons. It possesses anti inflammatory properties which helps in treating skin diseases. In the ancient time people used it as an Aphrodisiac and a Rejuvenator.

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