Materia Medica Tips – 27
JANOSIA ASHOKA is one the of frequently used homeopathic medicines, used primary in crude doses, which require more study and clinical concentration. First of all it has variety of spellings which may be summarized as:
- Botanical name: Saraca indica Linn. Family: Fabaceae
- Janosia Ashoka (Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia of India – HPI)
- Jonesia Ashoka
- Joanesia Asoca, Jonosia Asoca – Boericke Homoeopathic Materia Medica
- In Sanskrit Ashoka or Raktapallava; Bengali, Hindi, Oriya and Telegu Ashok; Gujrati Ashupani; Tamil and Malayalam Ashogam; Latin Sacara Ind. or Jenosia Ashoka.
This remedy is prepared from the bark of an Indian Tree, and was introduced to homeopathy by Dr. ND Ray of Calcutta (Kolkata).
Janosia Ashoka is has an extensive sphere of action on female organs and thus is used very frequently in various female disorders like amenorrhœa, metrorrhagia, etc.
The HPI directs its preparation as:
Mother Tincture – Drug Strength 1/10
- Janosia Ashoka in dried moderately coarse powder 100gm to be mixed with 125ml of purified water and 900ml of strong alcohol.
- The 2x (2nd decimal potency) and above the preparation of medicine is with Dispensing Alcohol.
This drug has been accepted by the therapies of Allopathy, Homoeopathy, Hekimi etc. with the names of Ashoka cordiel; Tin Ashoka; vibro Ashoka; Ashoka compound, etc.
- It is used in disorder related to menstural cycle and axis.
- According to Ayurveda, intake of bark of Ashoka with boiled milk is a remedy for menstrual disorders. It is also helpful in dysmenorrhoea.
- It is also known as a nourishing tonic for uterus.
Various clinical conditions in which Ashoka is used:
- Uterine colic
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Haemorrhoides with obstinatae constipation
- Relflex headaches arising due to uterine pathology; unilateral >open air
- Irritable and thickend bladder
- Disturbed sleep with dreams of travelling
- Uterine pathology associated with pain along the spine radiating to abdomen and thighs
- Gastric complaints such as desire for sweets, also acid things. Thirsty, excessive nausea
- Photophobia – supraorbital and orbital pains with nasal catarrh and watery discharge
Dosage: Tincture to low potencies
- Varma P. N., Indu V., Encyclopedia of Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia
- P. Banerjee, Materia Medica of Indian Drugs
- Boericke W., Pocket manual of Materia Medica
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