Bhallataka is a deciduous tree found throughout India. Bhallataka literally means ‘like a spear’, indicating its ability to penetrate deep into the tissues and cure diseases. It is a excellent herb for digestive, lung diseases and arthritis.
Benefits of Bhallataka: Digestive disease, lung disease, arthritis, skin disease, tumors, fights cancer, epilepsy, neuralgia.
Action: Fruit-caustic, astringent, anti-inﬂammatory, antitumour.
Scientific name: Semecarpus anacardium.
Useful part: Fruit.
Dosage: 250mg–6g per day.
Rasa(taste): Sweet, astringent
Vipaka (post-digestive effect): Sweet
Guna (quality): Light, unctuous, penetrating
Dosa effect: VK−, P+
Dhatu (tissue): All tissues
Srotas (channel): Digestive, urinary, mental, reproductive
Classical and common names
Ayurvedic: Bhallaataka, Bhallata, Arushkara, Agnik, Agnimukha, Sophkrit, Viravrksha.
English: Marking nut.