HEALTH BENEFITS OF PAVALAMALLI (NYCTANTHES ARBOR-TRISTIS )


Pavalamalli is a popular medicinal plant having lots of medicinal properties used for treating various diseases in Indian system of  alternative medicines like Siddha ,Ayurveda ,Naturopathy and Home remidies .This herb belongs to the family of oleaceae and native to India ,now it is widely distributed in tropical and sub tropical regions of Asian continent.It is grown as an ornamental plant in the home gardens of Tamil Nadu , India .
This herb is commonly known as night flowering jasmine,coral jasmine  in English , Parijata in Sanskrit and  Kannada ,Harsingar in Hindi and Bengali ,Parijatakam in Malayalam ,Parijathak in Marathi ,Pavalamalli ,Parijatham in Tamil .
Pavalamalli is a shrub or a small tree growing up to 10 meters in height with flaky grey bark .The leaves are opposite ,simple to 6 to 21 cm long and 2 to 6.5 cm broad with entire margin .The flowers are fragrant with five to eight lobed white corolla with an orange red center.
The fruit is flat brown heart shaped to round capsule nearly 2 cm  in diameter with 2 sections each containing a single seed .The flowers lose their brightness during day time .This flower is the official flower of state of west Bengal in India.
The leaves are used to treat arthritis ,fever ,rheumatism ,sciatica ,intestinal worms ,ring worm , all types of fever ,fungal infection ,insect bites ,bronchitis, dry cough ,anxiety,gastritis ,hepatitis,vertigo, diarrhea, gout ,gynecological problems, dandruff,lice ,hair fall , dysmenorrhoea .

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