Indian rosewood (Shisham in Hindi) is a tree of Indian origin mainly cultivated for high quality timber. This deciduous tree grows up to a height of 25 meters. It has long tap roots, a thick trunk with branches bearing alternate leathery leaves and pinkish flowers followed by oblong flat thin pods which contain bean shaped seeds.
Part used: Leaves, roots and bark
Medical benefits: Leaves of Indian rosewood are used in a powdered form, as a juice and decoction.
A little juice mixed with honey applied over the eyes can help reduce pain in the eyes.
Drinking 2-3 teaspoons of the juice twice a day is beneficial for treating jaundice, heart burn, indigestion, infection in urine, painful urination, over bleeding and leucorrhoea.
The leaves soaked in water acts as a galactogogue.
A paste made by boiling rosewood leaves with neem leaves reduces acne, boils skin eczema and other skin infections.
The bark of Indian rosewood is also medicinally important. Heating small twig discharges a foam from other side. This foam is applied on gums to reduce gum infection and swelling.
A decoration of the bark is used to reduce dark patches on the skin and face.
A paste obtained from the bark is applied to reduce acne and boils.
A powder made from the bark is used for treating gonorrhoea.
Contraindications: There are no known contraindications if they are used in prescribed doses.