Devadaru

    Devadaru is a large evergreen tree that mainly grows in Himalayan region. The  tree is commonly known as Cedar and have many therapeutic uses. According to Ayurvedic textbooks Devadaru is considered as the best among trees owing to it’s medicinal values. Dr.Varun Ram Raj of Ayurvedatarian uses the herb Devadaru for the treatment diseases caused by the vitiation of Vata Kapha doshas as the herb is Vata Kapha samaka it it’s action. Devadaru is used to treat numerous diseases including Filariasis, Cough etc. Nowadays it’s also used as an anticonvulsant, antibacterial and carminative.


General aspects and geography

Botanical name : Cedrus deodara      

Family :  Coniferae 

Habitat: Through out India 


Parts used

  • Heart wood


Classical categorization based on Ayurveda textbooks

Charaka Samhita – Stanyasodana varga (Detoxifies breast milk )

Susruta Samhita – Not mentioned 


Pharmacological action

  • Carminative 
  • Antibacterial 
  • Febrifuge 
  • Antiulcer 


Medicinal property according to Ayurveda


  • Vibandahara (Laxative )
  • Jwarahara (Antipyretic )
  • Pramehahara (Antidiabetic )
  • Arsoghna (Alleviate Haemorrhoids )



Therapeutic indications

  • Filariasis (Slipada)- The paste od Devadaru is applied on the skin to alleviate Filariasis 
  • Cough (Kasa)- Oil prepared from Devadaru is taken internally to alleviate Cough

Dosage

Powder (Churna) – 3 g

Oil (Taila)- 20 drops

Tablet - 2 tablets twice daily or as per the advice of the Ayurveda doctor 

Note: Ayurveda medications must be taken only after consulting an Ayurveda doctor. 

Formulations 

  • Devadarubaladi taila 
  • Devadaruarista
  • Devadaru churna 


Morphology :

A large evergreen tree with drooping branches. Bark is rough and dark. Leaves are needle like sharp pointed. Fruits are cone like.


Vernacular names 


English – Himalayan Cedar

Hindi- deodar

Malayalam – devadaru

Sanskrit – devadaru 



Synonyms 


  • Daru
  • Bhadradaru
  • Pitha daru

 



Rasapanchaka of Devadaru


Rasa- Tikta(Bitter ) Katu (Acrid) Kashaya (Astringent )

Guna-  Laghu (light)

Vipaka- Katu (Acrid)

Virya-  Ushna (hot)


देवदारु रसे तिक्तं स्निग्धोष्णं श्लेष्म वातजित्  

आमदोषविबन्ध्याध्मप्रमेह विनिवर्तकम् ।।

(Bhavaprakasa Nighantu -Guducyadi varga-shloka 99)

Devadaru is Vata Kapha samaka because of it’s properties like Katu vipaka and hot potency . The herb is used to alleviate diseases caused by Vata and Kapha doshas like Filariasis and Cough etc. Ayurvedatarian lead by Dr. Varun Ram Raj, is currently conducting various researches based on ancient Ayurvedic textbooks, involving Devadaru for preparing various combinations of medicines to alleviate conditions involving vitiation of Kapha, Vata and Medas. Reach Ayurvedatarian for better health management.






Frequently asked Questions


1)What are the uses of Devadaruarishta  ?

   Used for alleviating Diabetes and Joint disorders 

2)What is the scientific name of Devadaru ?

Botanical name of Devadaru is Cedrus deodara      


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