Bodhi Tree - Ficus
Local Names: Aswastha (Oriya), Jari
(Bathuli), Pipal (Kandha)
Description of the Plant: Large tree. Flower colour red.
Flowers in February. Fruits in May / June. Widely found in uplands and
Plant Parts Used: Root / Bark / Leaf / Fruit.
- Dog bite: Grind the bark of Ficus religiosa and make
a paste. Smear this paste on the affected area twice a day till it cures.
- Earache: Take six leaves of Ficus religiosa and show
their petioles in fire. After some time leaf juice are coming through
these petioles. Collect the leaf juice in a pot. Drop this juice two
times a day in the ear for one day only.
- Fever: Grind together the root of Ficus religiosa with
root of Scoparia dulcis, seven numbers of black pepper
one clove, one big cardamom and make a paste. Take this paste orally
with honey only once.
- Head ulcers (In pediatrics): The bark of Ficus religiosa
is grinder with water to make a paste. Mix three granules of salt to
this paste. Boil this paste in 100 ml water. The boiling is continued
till 25 ml of solution remains. Rub this solution over the head of pediatrics.
- Heart attack: Swallow eight ripe fruits of Ficus religiosa
at a time in each day. Continue this process for a month. It acts as
a preventive to heart attack. (N-3) [OR-1-5-663]
- High blood pressure: the bark of Ficus religiosa is
soaked in water overnight. Filter it in the morning and take this water
orally just after brushing the teeth. This process is continued for
- Otalgia: The leaf of Ficus religiosa is rolled like
a cone, and a burning charcoal is put in that. After some time leaf
juice are come out. Collect this leaf juice by a plate. Put this juice
drop by drop in the ear.
- Otorrhoea: Take seven leaves of Ficus religiosa and
show the petioles in the fire till it warms. After some time leaf juice
will ooze out. Collect these juice in a pot. Drop this juice in the
ear (six drops at a time).
- Toothache: Grind the root of Ficus religiosa and make
a paste, apply this paste on the aching tooth.
- Weakness (in pediatrics): Grind the bark of Ficus religiosa
with cow milk. Mix a small amount of gorchina (which is
said to be drived from the liver of cows), to it and make a tonic. Administer
this tonic orally one teaspoonful daily for three days.
- Wound: Powdered the dried bark of Ficus religiosa. Spray
this powder on the wound twice in a day till it cures.
- Ripe fruits of Ficus religiosa are edible (used by Kandha's
in Kandhamal district)
- Bathuli (ST), Gopala (OBC) in Keonjhar district.
- Bhumia (ST) in Malkangiri disrict.
- Gauda (OBC), Paroja (ST), Brahmin (G), Bhumia (ST) in Koraput district.
- Kandha (ST) in Kandhamal disrict.
- Khandayat (G) in Rayagada disrict.
- Santal (ST) in Mayurbhanj district.