Asoka is a Sanskrit word which means no-grief. Asoca is a legendary and a sacred tree of India.The plant is prized for its beautiful foliage and flowers. The Hindu mythology describes it to be a sacred one and dedicated to Kamadeva, the God of Love. It is also said that Lord Buddha was born under this tree and is grown in all Buddhist monastery.
Saraca asoca is small evergreen tree having height up to 10 meters. It has blackish bark and reddish-brown wood; Flowers are orange to scarlet color turning into deep red in color in bunches and has a strong fragrance; Pods tapering at both ends, seeds 4-8 ellipsoid- oblong. The flowering time of Asoca is December - May and fruiting time June-July.
The bark contains tannin, catechol, sterol and organic calcium compounds. Its methanol fraction contains haematoxylene, tannin, and water-soluble glycoside. The latter has glucose, galactose and mannose as sugars.
Bark of the tree, sometimes seeds.
Ashok Powder - 3-6 grams per day.