Ashoka is a bark extract from Saraca indica (asoca), a medicinal plant commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine which growth in India, China, Ceylon and Malaysia.
The biologically active constituents of this tree include an estrogenic compound called ergosterol as well as phytochemicals with strong antimicrobial activities.
Bark extract from Saraca indica express antibacterial activity against Escherichia coli, Salmonella typhi, Shigella sonnei, Salmonella enteritis, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus, as well as antifungal activity against Candida albicans.
Limited data indicate that ashoka express cytotoxic activity against leukemic cells but not against normal lymphocytes.
Experimental data indicate that ashoka possesses anti-inflammatory activity in animal models of rheumatoid arthritis.
In India, ashoka has been traditionally used for uterine bleeding and various uterine/menstrual disorders in India. The crystalline ashoka glycoside substance is also reported to stimulate uterine contraction.
Ashoka extract is also used in paralysis, hemiplegia and visceral numbness. It hastens healing time of skin trauma and broken bones.
Other indications of ashoka include prutitis, eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, and herpes. Ashoka is capable of dissolving oxalate-containing kidney stone. It shows favorable benefits in patients with rickets, osteoporosis and fractured bones
Potential indications for use of Ashoka in humans include:
• Gastrointestinal infections
• Adjunct therapy of chronic infections
• Adjunct therapy of candidiasis/yeast infections
• Adjunct therapy of acne
• Adjunct therapy of psoriasis
• Kidney oxalate stones
• Adjunct therapy of leukemia/lymphoma
• Complex therapy of herpes simplex infection
• Adjunct therapy of rheumatoid arthritis
• Complex therapy of neuropathic pain
• Uterine bleeding
Potential side effects:
• Abdominal discomfort
Potential drug interactions:
• Chronic anticoagulation therapy
Complementary natural products:
• Alpha Lipoic Acid
• Calcium Lactate
• Cat’s Claw
• Olive Leaf Extract
• Rubia cordifolia
• Strontium Citrate
• Vitamin D
Contents: 100 Vcaps
The daily dose of Ashoka varies between 500 mg to 1000 mg taken two times a day. This product takes 3-4 days before you begin to feel the effects. If you have an acute flare up, you should see your doctor.Patients exceeding the recommended doses must do so under the supervision of their physician due to the increased risk of potential side effects.
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