Horse-radish/Ben oil tree (Sajne danta)
Botanically it is known as Moringa oleifera Lan. It is popularly called as 'Sovanjan'. The fruits contain iron, vitamin A and C, calcium, riboflavin, protein and carbohydrates. They are stimulant, diuretic and antiasthmatic. The leaf, flowers, fruit, seed, bark, root and gum are used for medicinal purposes. This plant possesses anti-biotic properties. The fruit is generally used as small-pox vaccine.
The leaves are very useful in scurvy and catarrhal diseases. A poultice of the leaves is often: applied to wounds, boils and swellings. The bark of the stem is a cardiac stimulant and used in asthma, cough and cold. It is also used locally as a counter-irritant in rheumatism and nervous pains. A hot decoction of the root-bark is used to relieve earache, and in dental cavities to remove toothache. A powder of the root-bark is often used as snuff in cases of headache, earache and toothache.
Several medical books and ayurvedic texts have described the various medicinal uses of horse-radish. These are enumerated as under:
Benefit and uses of Horse-radish/Ben oil tree.
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