Treasures of Nature (Prakriti Ka Khazana) – Vat
Vat is a native tree to Indian subcontinent. It is one of the largest trees in the world by canopy coverage. The lush evergreen canopy of Vat is due to its propagating aerial roots which grow downwards. Those aerial roots touch ground to become woody trunks. The Great banyan tree is the National tree of India and is considered very sacred in both Hinduism and Buddhist cultures. It provides a cool shade due to its large green canopy.
The fruit, aerial roots, buds, leaves, latex and bark of Vat contains medicinal values which are used in number of Ayurvedic medicines. The bark and leaves are used to control bleeding or secretions and the latex provides a nourishing effect on the skin. It reduces the pain and inflammation around wounds. It has anti-arthritic, anti-bacterial and anodyne properties. It tastes bitter and pungent.
Medicinal uses of Vat:
- The latex of Vat mixed with milk relives bleeding piles.
- Chronic diarrhea and dysentery can be relieved using the leaves.
- It is an excellent medicine in infertility and the medicines made from roots help relieving female infertility.
- The decoction of Vat leaves helps to relive Leucorrhea.
- The processed latex is used as medicine to relieve rheumatism.
- Latex is used to relieve vomiting and nausea.
- The root of Vat when used in cleaning teeth, protects the gums, oral infections and makes teeth stronger.
- Foot cracks can be treated by applying sap of Vat.
- The paste made from the leaves helps to relieve skin diseases and provides soothing effect and nourishes the skin.
The latex of Vat is toxic in nature, hence strict medical supervision and experience is required to use this as a medicine.