The word ‘Ashoka’ in Sanskrit means “without distress”. The name might be attributed to its property of removing the state of grief or worries. Ashoka is considered sacred according to the Hindus and Buddhists. This tree is also related to Sita, as it is mentioned in the Ramayana that, during sita’s captivity days, she used to stay in Ashoka vatika.
The botanical name of this tree is Saraca ashoka belonging to the family Caesalpinaceae. It is well known as a uterine tonic and is commonly used in gynaecological conditions. The parts used of this herb are the bark, leaves, flowers and seeds.
According to Ayurveda, Ashoka is useful in a variety of medical conditions.
Vedana sthapana- Useful in management of all painful conditions.
Varnya- Ashoka improves complexion of the body.
Grahi- Ashoka improves digestion and assimilation.