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Ficus religiosa Linn.
  • Family : Moraceae
  • English : Bo-tree, sacred fig
  • Hindi : Pipal,
  • Gujarati : Pipalo, Brahmapipalo
  • Sanskrit : Pippala, Ashvattha

  • Part used : Bark

Botanical Description:  A large decidious tree. Leaves simple, cordate, long petioled ovate, shiny bright green leaves, the apex produced into alinear lanceolate tail about half as long as the main portion of the blade; flowers in the receptacles occuring in pairs, axillary, depressed globose, smooth, purplish, when ripe. Flowering and fruiting from December to June.

It occurs throughout India.

Ayurvedic Properties and Uses:

  • Rasa : Kasaya
  • Guna : Guru, Ruksa
  • Virya : Sita
  • Vipaka : Katu
  • Karma : Varnya, Kaphapittavinasi, Sangrahi, Bhagnasandhanakara, Mutrasa, ngrahaniya.

Modern Pharmacological Action: The plant extract exhibited anticancer activity. Aqueous extract of F.religiosa at a dose of 100mg and 200mg/kg given orally decreased the fasting blood glucose, and also decreased the exaggerated activity of superoxide dismutase SOD in streptozotocin induced type II diabetic rats. Methanol extracts of some commonly used plant materials of ethnoveterinary importance were screened for their in vitro anthelmintic activity. Results revealed that Ficus religiosa was 100% effective. Aqueous extract of F.religiosa showed high antimicrobial activity against selected pathogenic organisms. High activity was found on B. subtilis and also the growth of P. aeruginosa (multi drug resistant) was remarkably inhibited by the plant extract.

Our Products containing this ingredient
Pipal Leaves Herb

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