Name: Arka
Plant Name in Different Languages:
English :Blue madar
Hindi :Aka, Mandara, Akavana
Malyalam:Neela Erukku
Ayurvedic Properties:
Rasa : Tikta, Katu
Guna : Rooksha, Teeksna, sara, lakhu
Virya : Ushna
Plant Description:

Arka is a perennial shrub which grows up to a height of 2.5 meters and branches as well as sub-branches. The leaves of Arka are simple, subsessile, opposite, cordate at base and are ovate. It contains latex in almost all of its parts. Flowers of Arka are beautiful, in umbellate lateral cymes and are lilac in color. Fruits of the Arka are green with seeds, fleshy follicles and are attached with plenty of white coma.

Medicinal Properties:

The plant of Arka vitiates skin diseases, snake poison, inflammation in the joints, tridoshas, and rabies and chest infection. Arka is also a strong purgative drug.

Useful part: Latex, leaves, roots, and flowers
Juice of the leaves: one to five drops
Root-bark: 1-5 grams
Inspissated juice: 1-2 grams
Some indicative uses of Guggul in Ayurveda:
  1. The plant Arka works as a powerful cardiac stimulant.
  2. The root and the bark of Arka have numerous health benefits and act as a tonic, diaphoretic, expectorant, purgative and antispasmodic.
  3. The plant of Arka enhances the secretions of which help in the elimination of biles.
  4. It is known to treat various skin diseases, abdominal pain, joint pains, and toothaches.
  5. It also possesses a sedative action on the intestinal muscle fibers such as the rectum and colon thereby reducing irritation pain.
  6. It is also effective in treating all types of dysenteric disorders.
  7. Arka also helps in the treatment of syphilis, leprosy and even elephantiasis.
  8. The herb is also effective in treating several other disorders such as hysteria, epilepsy, fits paralysis and convulsions.
  9. The juice of Arka has depilatory, emetic, alterative, diaphoretic, acrid and purgative properties.
  10. The flowers of Arka when taken internally as a tonic stimulate act effectively on the skin and stimulate the capillaries and are helpful in treating leprosy, elephantiasis.
  11. The tonic made up of flowers of Arka also has useful effects on asthma.
  12. Milky juice of the plant acts as a gastrointestinal irritant.

There are many benefits of Arka when it comes to maintaining health. However, it is important to note that it is poisonous and should not be consumed by pregnant women.

Categories: Herbal Plants
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4 Responses so far.

  1. Nancy says:

    My friend is suffering from Alcoholism. Her immune system is low and is suffering from: Her Right side if jaw, throat, and neck is swollen. Her tongue is peeling. and her ear is hurting. She has an apetite now but can not eat due to her painfull throat. She has a cold sore on the the right side of her mouth and has lots of muccus that is making her want to vomit. She has lost a lot of weight and bruses very easily. She has no money to see a doctor. Please help. I have given her a tonic of 8L Ajwan seeds and gallons of water boiled down to 2L. Had her drink 3-4 tbsp when craving alcohol. Now she can do longer tolerate alcohol but still is getting the shakes and cravings. i am having her take 1 cup of carrot juice, 2 C. of Apple juice and 1C. of Cucumber juice. I am also giving her 1c. of almond milk with 1tsp. of Tumeric. What should I do? she no longer has body aches and her apetite is better. she is also having insomnia. I am also giving her body massages to help her relax. I put lavender under her sheets and in pillow case to relax her nerves. Please help me, help my friend.

  2. Nancy says:

    Oops, the tonic I made was 8L of water with Arjwan seeds boiled on low heat to 2L.

  3. Jaylaxmi says:

    My father is eating this flower for the treatment of kidney stones. Is it harmful?? He takes the arka flower along with pan leave. Please let me knw if it will be harmful or if it really gonna cure him? Looking forward to you reply

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