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 

Parts used

  • Flower bud

Classical categorization based on Ayurveda textbooks

Charaka Samhita – not mentioned 

Susruta Samhita – not mentioned 

Pharmacological action

  • Appetizer 
  • Antiseptic 
  • Carminative 
  • Aphrodisiac 

Medicinal property according to Ayurveda

  • Vrishya (Aphrodisiac )
  • Jwarahara (Antipyretic )
  • Visaghna (Antipoisonous)
  • Chardighna (Alleviate Vomiting )

Therapeutic indications

  • 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 

Morphology :

An evergreen small tree with obovate leaves. Inflorescence is axillary cymose. Flowers are white . Fruits are drupes.

Vernacular names of Lavanga

English – cloves 

Hindi- laung

Malayalam – grampu

Sanskrit – lavanga 


  • Chandanapuspa
  • Sreesamjna
  • Devakusuma


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       


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