Lavanga is an evergreen small plant that grows mainly in South Indian regions. The herb is commonly known as Cloves and have many therapeutic uses. Dr. Varun Ram Raj of Ayurvedatarian uses the herb Lavanga for the treatment diseases caused by the vitiation of Pitta Kapha doshas as the herb is Pitta Kapha samaka in it’s action. Lavanga is used to treat numerous diseases including Cough , Respiratory distress, Vomiting etc. Nowadays it is also used as an appetizer , carminative and aphrodisiac agent as it contains Phytoconstituents like gallotanic acid, eugenol etc.
General aspects and geography
Botanical name : Syzygium aromaticum
Family : Myrtaceae
Habitat: Through out India
- Flower bud
Classical categorization based on Ayurveda textbooks
Charaka Samhita – not mentioned
Susruta Samhita – not mentioned
Medicinal property according to Ayurveda
- Vrishya (Aphrodisiac )
- Jwarahara (Antipyretic )
- Visaghna (Antipoisonous)
- Chardighna (Alleviate Vomiting )
- Analgesic action (Sula hara)- Paste prepared from Lavanga is applied on the site of pain.
- Thirst (Pipasa)- Cloves are added to a glass of water and taken internally to alleviate Thirst.
Powder (Churna) – 250 m g
Decoction (kwatha )- 60 ml
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.
- Lavangadi churna
- Lavangadi vati
- Lavangadi modaka
An evergreen small tree with obovate leaves. Inflorescence is axillary cymose. Flowers are white . Fruits are drupes.
Vernacular names of Lavanga
English – cloves
Malayalam – grampu
Sanskrit – lavanga
Rasa- Tikta (bitter )
Guna- Laghu (light)
Vipaka- Katu (Acrid)
Virya- sita (cold)
लवङ्गं कटुकं तिक्तं लघु नेत्रहितं हिमम् ।
दीपनं पाचनं रुच्यं कफपित्तास्रनाशकृत् ।
(Bhavaprakasa Nighantu -Karpuradi varga-shloka 58)
Lavanga is Pitta Kapha samaka because of it’s properties like Katu vipaka and cold potency. The herb is used to alleviate diseases caused by Pitta and Kapha doshas like Fever, Thirst, Cough and vomiting etc. Ayurvedatarian lead by the best Ayurveda doctor, Dr.Varun Ram Raj, is currently conducting various researches based on ancient Ayurvedic textbooks, about Lavanga for preparing various combinations of medicines to alleviate conditions involving vitiation of Kapha and Pitta. Reach Ayurvedatarian for better health management.
Frequently asked Questions
1)What are the uses of Lavanga churna ?
Used for alleviating Cough.
2)What is the scientific name of Lavanga ?
Botanical name of Lavanga is Syzygium aromaticum