Pongamia pinnata Medicinal Uses

Pongamia pinnata (L.) Pierre

In this article we will discuss about the Pongamia pinnata :- common name, scientific name, medicinal uses and photos.

Common name

  • English: Indian beech tree, Hongay oil tree
  • Tamil: Ponga Maram, Punkai
  • Hindi: Karanj
  • Kannada: Honge
  • Marathi: karanj
  • Telugu: kaadeputhige
  • Malayalam: Minnari, Pongam

Scientific name

  • Name: Pongamia pinnata (L.) Pierre
  • Family: Fabaceae (pea family)
  • Synonyms: Millettia pinnata, Pongamia glabra, Derris indica, Cytisus pinnatus

Pongamia pinnata Medicinal Uses

  • Liquid extraction of stem bark demonstrates important CNS sedative and antipyretic activity
  • Leaves are digestive, stomach, antihelmintic and are suitable for diarrhea, leprosy, dyspepsia and cough.
  • The flowers are useful in relieving dipsia with diabetes and reducing vata and kapha.
  • The seeds are antihelmintic, bitter, acrid, haematinic and carminative. They are useful for infections, chronic fever, anemia and hemorrhoids
  • The oil is antihelmintic, styptic and is recommended for opthalmia, leprosy, ulcers, herpes and lumbago.
  • Root used for cleansing wounds, brushing teeth, tightening gums and gonorrhea
  • The leaf juice is used for colds, coughs, diarrhea, dyspepsia, constipation, gonorrhea, leprosy
  • The fruit is to cure whooping cough of children.

Other Uses

  • Leaves are used to make roof of festival pandhals
  • Bark is used to wash the idols of Gods
  • The leaf used as feed for cattle
  • The seed oil used as cooking oil and lamps, as lubricants, water-repellent, pesticide and soap making, candles and tanning industry

Pongamia pinnata Photos

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  1. Pandey, Priyanka & Sharma, Amit & Mca, Shivam. (2019). A SURVEY ON PONGAMIA PINNATA (KARANJ) WITH TRADITIONAL, ECONOMICAL, MEDICINAL USE. SSRN Electronic Journal. 6. 1367-1372. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/351035092_A_SURVEY_ON_PONGAMIA_PINNATA_KARANJ_WITH_TRADITIONAL_ECONOMICAL_MEDICINAL_USE

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