Nagakesara is a medium sized tree that grows through out India. The herb is commonly known as Cobra saffron and have many therapeutic uses. The best Ayurveda Doctor in the world, Dr.Varun Ram Raj of Ayurvedatarian uses the herb Nagakesara for the treatment diseases caused by the vitiation of Pitta Kapha doshas as the herb is Pitta Kapha samaka in it’s action. Nagakesara is used to treat numerous diseases including Haemorrhoids , Hiccough , Fever etc. Nowadays it’s also used as an astringent , stomachic and cardio tonic agent as it contains Phytoconstituents like mesuol, mammeisin, mesuagin etc.
General aspects and geography
Botanical name : Mesua ferrea
Family : Clusiaceae
Habitat: Through out India
Classical categorization based on Ayurveda textbooks
Charaka Samhita – not mentioned
Susruta Samhita – Eladi gana
Medicinal property according to Ayurveda
- Sophahara (antiinflammatory )
- Jwarahara (Antipyretic )
- Krimighna (kills worms)
- Trishnanigrahana (Alleviate thirst)
- Haemorrhoids (Arsas ) – Regular usage of Nagakesara and honey will alleviate Haemorrhoids
- Hiccough (Hikka)- Intake of Nagakesara mixed with sugar and honey will alleviate Hiccough
Powder (Churna) – 2 g
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.
- Eladi churna
- Candanadi taila
A medium tree with smooth bark. Leaves are oblong. Flowers are fragrant. Fruits are ovoid shaped.
Vernacular names of Nagakesara
English – Cobra saffron
Malayalam – Nagachempaka
Sanskrit – Nagakesara
Rasa- Kashaya (Astringent ) Tikta (Bitter )
Guna- Laghu (light)
Vipaka- Katu (Acrid)
Virya- Ushna (hot)
नागपुष्पं कषायोष्णं रूक्षं लध्वामपाचनम्
ज्वरकण्डू तृषास्वेदच्छर्दिहल्लास नाशनम् ।
(Bhavaprakasa Nighantu -Karpuradi varga-shloka 70)
Nagakesara is Pitta Kapha samaka because of it’s properties like Katu vipaka and hot potency . The herb is used to alleviate diseases caused by Pitta and Kapha doshas like Haemorrhoids and Hiccough etc. Ayurvedatarian lead by the best Ayurveda Doctor Dr. Varun Ram Raj, is currently conducting various researches based on ancient Ayurvedic textbooks, involving Nagakesara 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 Nagakesara powder ?
Used for alleviating Haemorrhoids
2)What is the scientific name of Nagakesara ?
Botanical name of Lodhra is Mesua ferre