Treasures of Nature (Prakriti Ka Khazana) – Aak
Aak, is a flowering plant which is native to Africa, Asia and China and is known for its excellent medicinal values. Aak is considered as a scared plant in India and is used in sun-worshipping ceremonies. The Aak has two varieties which blooms white flowers or pinkish white flowers. Even though the plant’s juice is highly poisonous, surprisingly it is being used in Ayurvedic treatment for centuries. But the preparation of medicine needs great care and experience. The roots, leaves, flowers, milky fluid and wood of Aak are very useful and is known for its high medicinal values.
This wonderful herb is known to have the following properties:
Treatments using Aak in Ayurveda:
- The bark is excellent to cure skin diseases which cures skin blemishes, athlete’s foot, ring worm, boils, blood impurities, spleen diseases.
- This help prevent blood clots and can be used as a sedative.
- Powdered leaves help wounds heal faster, treats liver disorders, cures indigestion, constipation and kills intestinal worms.
- Flowers can help cure cough, cold, copse.
- The dried root can cure bronchitis, dyspepsia and asthma.
- Leaves help in providing relief to stomach pains, headaches and even fever.
- Parts of herb is used in treating joint pains, mumps, piles, eye and ear infections, tooth cavities.
- Specific parts of this wonder herb is even used in treating erectile dysfunction in men and female infertility.
With all these amazing medicinal values, one should also remember that this is a toxic plant and should be dealt with great care. This herb should be avoided in pregnancy and the milk of this plant is very toxic to eyes. A few drops of milk in eyes can cause impaired vision and photophobia.