Ayurveda and Science

Ankol/अन्कोल्/Alangium salvifolium/Sage leaf

AYURVEDIC & MEDICINAL PLANTS

Ankol
Hindi Name: Ankol
Sanskrit Name: Ankol
English Name: Sage leaf alangium
Latin Name: Alangium salvifolium
Shrubs or trees are deciduous up to 20 m high. Inflorescence is sessile, often clusters of 4 to 8 flowers, usually fewer, sometimes only a solitary flower, densely rusty tomentose. Flowers fragrant, cream-colored

Alangium Salvifolium Medicinal Uses

Ankol has been used by traditional healers in the treatment of skin cancers by means of local application of the root as recommended by Indian Ayurveda. It is also used locally for the treatment of snakebite, scorpion bite as well as for dog bite. It also reduces blood pressure when taken orally due to its vasodilator activity.

Chemical Composition

Bark contains Alangine while four alkaloids have been isolated from branches, which are venoterpine, ankorine, cephaeline and psychotrine.

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