Aak ka Paudha holds a tremendous medicinal value and the best part is, you can grow it in pots! Here are all the details on Growing Giant Calotrope!
Aak ka Paudha as also popular as Mandar and Rui in India. It is a perennial shrub with many medicinal values and also brings positivity, prosperity, and happiness to the home. If you too want to benefit from all this, here are all the details on Growing Giant Calotrope!
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Aak ka Paudha
According to Hinduism, Aak ka Paudha is a plant that is associated with Lord Vishnu. This plant belongs to the Aslepiacea family and grows waxy flowers with five petals.
According to a study by the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Mathura, India, the leaves of Calotropis procera are a great antidote for snake bites, sinus fistula, rheumatism, mumps, burn injuries, and body pain.
Another research states that Aak ka Paudha is a very promising source of anticancerous, acaricidal, schizonticidal, anti-microbial, anthelmintic, insecticidal, anti-inflammatory, anti-diarrhoeal, larvicidal with many other beneficial properties.
A study also claims that the plant is also popular for treating rheumatism, indigestion, cold fever, ringworm of the scalp, swelling, pain, tumor, and piles. Different parts of the plant such as leaves, roots, bark, flower, and latex show wound healing, anti-microbial, anti-candida, anti-nematicide, antioxidant, and analgesic activity.
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Other Names of Aak ka Paudha
Aak ka Paudha in English is popular as Giant Calotrope.
- Hindi – Aak, Madar, Akvana
- Sanskrit – Arka, Toolaphala, Vikirana, Asfota, Alarka.
- Punjabi– Ak
- Telugu – Jilledu, Mandaram
- Kannada – Ekka, Ekkadagida, Ekkegida
- Malayalam – Erikku
- Marathi – Rui
- Bengali – Aaknad
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How to Grow Aak ka Paudha?
Purchase seeds from a nursery and soak them overnight. Sow them in a well-draining potting mix, water them well, and keep the pot where it gets bright and indirect light. The seeds will germinate in 3-4 weeks.
You can also grow the plant from cuttings. Snip off 4-6 inches long stem from a healthy plant and grow it directly in the pot or garden. Make sure it gets bright but indirect light.
To save time, it is a good idea to get a well-grown plant from a nursery.
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Quick Growing Tips for Aak ka Paudha
- Keep the plant in indirect light till it grows to about 1-2 feet tall, After that, make sure it gets 4-5 hours of direct sunlight every day.
- Water the plant only when the topsoil feels a little dry to the touch. DO NOT water the plant daily.
- Add vermicompost and cow dung manure to the soil. You can also add compost from time to time.
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Aak ka Paudha Benefits
- The leaves of the plants are a common ingredient in many ayurvedic products, herbal teas, remedial concoctions, and much more.
- It has hypoglycemic effect, which makes it potent for the treatment of diabetes.
- Aak leaf contains cardiac glycosides, which have uses for heart medication.
- Thanks to its antifungal properties, medicinally, it is popular to cure fungal skin diseases such as athlete’s foot and ringworm.
- It contains the glycosides uscharin, Calotropis, and calotoxin. Uscharin is an effective killer of land snails if they become pestilent.
- The plant also has anti-coagulant properties, which could help prevent blood clots.
- A drink is prepared with aak flowers and milk to cure colds, coughs, catarrh, piles, and asthma. They are also used to cure piles.
- It is also popular as an antidote for snake bites.