Benefits of Tejbal

Tejbal is a spiny shrub found commonly in the temperate Himalayas. It is found very beneficial in treating diseases related to the teeth. It native to Asia and is found in the northern parts of Indian Subcontinent.

Benefits of Tejbal: Stem bark-cough, dyspnoea, hiccup, stomatitis, rheumatism, used for cleaning teeth, diseases of the teeth, also for treating diarrhoea. Fruits and seeds-used as a tonic in fever, dyspepsia and skin diseases. Essential oil of the fruit—antibacterial, antifungal and deodorant. Good for asthma, bronchitis, indigestion, ulcers, inflammation, hemicrania.

Habitat: Shrub common in the temperate Himalayas.

Action: Bark and seeds—aromatic tonic; branches, fruit and thorns—carminative, stomachic.

Scientific name: Zanthoxylum armatum.

Useful parts: Bark, carpels of fruits, seeds.

Dosage: Decotion-10-20 g.

Energetics: Sweet, bitter-cold-sweet P- VK+

Tissues: Plasma, blood, bone.

Systems: Excretory, circulatory, digestive, respiratory.

Classical and common names

Ayurvedic: Tumburu, Tejabala, Tejaswani, Tejohva, Nepaali Dhaniyaa. Tejovati (stem bark).

English: Toothache tree, Indian Prickly Ash.

Constituents: The Dried bark and branches contains lignans-fargesin, sesamin, eudesmin; a lactone pulviatide; dictamine, 8-hydroxydictamine and gamma-fagarine; magnoflorine and xanthoplanine. The essential oil from the dried fruits contains-linalyl acetate, linalool, citral, limonene and sabinene, geraniol methyl cinnamate. The Root contains -magnoflorine, skimmianine, dictamineand gamma-fagarine, xanthoplanine. The Seeds contain flavonoids tambulin and tambulol.

Preparation: Bark-infusion, decoction.