Uses of Bombax ceiba L.

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Note: The traditional knowledge examples given below are just an indicative/illustrative sample. Herbal practices similar to the ones given below may also have been received from other people from same/ different parts of the country.

Uses from NIF Database

Make a paste of thorn with milk. Apply on the pimples for seven days- Pravin Kumar Sharma, East Champaran, Bihar


Apply the fresh bark paste topically- Pravin Kumar Sharma, East Champaran, Bihar


Take a spoonful of leaf juice along with some sugar candy for four days- Neha Kumari, East Champaran, Bihar/i>


Take the bark powder (3g), coriander powder and jaggery with water- Devaram, Sirohi, Rajasthan


Take the root paste (10g) with water for seven days- Antaryami Pradhan, Angul, Orissa

Urinary disorder

Take orally the decoction (10ml) of the bark of semal and flowers of palash (Butea monosperma (Lamk.) Taub.) mixed in 2:1 ratio- Lakshmanbhai Ramaji Parmar, Banaskantha, Gujarat

Gynaecological disorder

Take the root juice orally- Maganbhai Khimjibhai Patel, Sabarkantha,Gujarat

Take the gum powder (5g) with water for five days- Jugeshwar Ram, Hazaribag, Jharkhand

Uses described in Literature

Decoction of the bark is given orally to combat fever46; diabetics should take decoction of the heartwood4; bark juice is given to reduce stomachache48. Product ‘Acne-n-Pimple Cream’49 is prepared from Bombax along with other plants to treat pimples and skin eruptions. ‘Evecare’11, a multi herb product made from this plant, has a regularizing influence on the menstrual cycle. Eight patents have been found on the medicinal applications of Bombax like for skincare50, AIDS 51etc.