Simarouba glauca has a long history in herbal medicine in many countries including Cuba, Brazil, Mexico, Peru etc. It is taken internally for diarrhea, dysentery, malaria and colitis and used externally for wounds and sores. In Brazilian herbal medicine, Simarouba bark has long been the most highly recommended (and most effective) natural remedy against chronic and acute dysentery. Caceres et al. (1990) and Lidia et al. (1991),reported that the extract of

S .glauca have been used in Guatemala for the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders. In Cuba, an infusion of the leaves or bark is considered to be astringent, a digestion and menstrual stimulant and an antiparasitic remedy.  The chemicals present in leaf, fruit pulp and seed are known to possess the medicinal properties such as amoebicide, analgesic, anthelmintic, antibacterial, antidysenteric, antileukemic, antimalarial, antimicrobial, antitumorous, antiviral, astringent, cytotoxic, emmenagogue, febrifuge, skin hydrator, stomachic, sudorific, tonic, vermifuge. Several studies published in 1970’s and late 90’s reported that extracts from Simarouba possessed antileukemic and antitumorous activities. An article titled ‘A tree of solace for cancer patients’ published in ‘The New Indian Express’ on 18th January, 2013 reports personal experience of many people who were using decoction of Lakshmitaru leaves got cured from cancer/tumor and recovered from side effects of chemotherapy .

Traditional preparation of Lakshmitaru decoctions:

DISCLAIMER :– The information presented below is intended for general informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Following formulations listed are not intended to treat or claim to prevent, mitigate or cure any human disease. Always consult with a qualified health practitioner before deciding on any course of treatment.

 1. As a tonic for Malaria and Colitis

Take Mature shade dried leaves, sticks (about 5 cm long), bark pieces (1 piece for 10kg body weight). Cut them into small pieces. Put them in about 200 ml of water in a stainless steel vessel. Boil the mixture at low flame for 10 mins preferably overnight. Next morning warm the decoction and filter. The warm filtrate (concentrated) is sipped slowly on empty stomach. After half an hour desired food may be consumed.

Add 200 ml water of the left out pieces and boil for 10 mins on low flame. Cover the pieces with stainless steel plate and leave for few hours.  In the evening, this decoction (dilute) is warmed, filtered and the warm filtrate is sipped slowly.

This can be repeated for a dose at night with the same pieces. Thus, one cup of concentrated, about 150 ml in the morning on empty stomach, on cup diluted in the evening and one cup diluted in the night is taken for 15 days. Course is repeated once in 6 months.

2. For diarrhea or dysentery

A teacup full of above decoction can taken 2-3 times daily.

Cautions: Large dosages (approx. three times the traditional remedy) might cause nausea and vomiting.

3. For Cancer/Leukemia/Ulcers/Rheumatoid arthritis

For Cancer, Leukemia, Ulcers, Rheumatoid arthritis double the usual number of pieces as mentioned in the preparation of  tonic for Malaria/Colitis. One cup of concentrated, about 150 ml in the morning on empty stomach, on cup diluted in the evening and one cup diluted in the night is taken till ailment is completely cured.


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