Bay Berry Herb - Benefits And Healing Power
Botanical Name: Myrica nagi
Indian Name: Kaiphala
Description and Composition
Bay Berry is an aromatic tree growing up to 10 metres high. The leaves of the tree are 7.5 cm's long, pale to rust colored and alternate. The tree has hairy stalks with minute flowers growing solitary or on a common drooping stalk. It has wrinkled seeds. The herb contains tannins, triterpenes (including myricadiol), flavonoid glycosides, resin and gum.
Benefits and Healing Power of Bay Berry Herb
The bark of the tree is aromatic, stimulant, tonic and re solvent. It is useful in arresting secretion or bleeding and in expelling wind from the stomach. It is also an antiseptic. Myricitrin in bay berry is bactericidal and encourages the flow of bile. Another constituent of the herb, myricadiol is reported to cause retention of salt and excretion of potassium.
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