Medicinal use of Bakayan tree or Chinaberry

Bakayan or Mahanimba is a deciduous tree native to southern Asia and is found throughout India. It can be easily seen in parks and along roadsides. It is known as Mahanimba in Sanskrit and used for treating various diseases. This tree has antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, cardio-protective, analgesic, anticancer, antiulcer, antipyretic, anti-plasmodial activities.

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Latin: Melia azedarach Linn
Family: Meliaceae
Sanskrit: Mahaanimba, Ramyaka, Dreka
Hindi: Bakaayan, bakain
English: Bead tree, chinaberry, Persian lilac, white cedar, Texas umbrella, Cape lilac, Ceylon cedar
Gujarati: Bakan limdoh
Bengali: Ghora neem
  Kannada: Hebbevu
Bundelkhand: Vilayati neem
Telugu: Turaka vepa

Here are few remedies that can be done at home using Mahanimba (Melia azedarach)

To cure various ailments such as piles, mouth ulcer, skin problems, dandruff, gout, inflammation etc .

  • Piles, bawaseer

    Collect dry seeds of Mahanimba (Melia azedarach) and grind to make powder. Take this powder (1 teaspoon) twice a day with water. This powder gives relief in both types of piles (bleeding and non-bleeding). Take for few days.
    Or Extract leaves juice (5 ml) and drink thrice a day.
  • Mouth ulcer, gum problem, bad breath

    Take bark of Mahanimba (Melia azedarach) and boil in water. Add alum and gargle with this to cure mouth ulcers.
    Or boil leaves in water and use this as mouth wash. This is very helpful in gingivitis. 
  • Leucorrhoea Shwet pradar, heavy periods

    Prepare powder by mixing Bakayan seed powder, amla powder and mulethi powder in equal amount. Take this powder (1 gm) twice a day with water.
  • Skin diseases, blood purification

    Prepare decoction of bakayan bark (10 gm) in water (200 ml) till volume reduces to 50 ml. Filter and drink twice a day.
  • Goitre, excess fat in body, tumours, abnormal cell growth(sharir me ganthe)

    Dry bakayan leaves, bark and seeds in equal amount. Grind to make powder. Take (2 teaspoon) with water twice a day.
  • Intestinal parasites, Intestinal infection

    Prepare bakayan dried seeds powder and take (2 gms) empty stomach in morning.
  • Menstruation related problems, uterus problem

    For menstruation related problems (Irregular menses, heavy menses) extract fresh juice of its leaves and drink 5ml twice a day.
  • Vaginal and uterus infection

    Boil leaves in water and wash private parts to cure infection.
  • Improving eyesight, hair problem

    Prepare powder by mixing sonth, amla powder and dried seed powder in equal amount. Take one spoon twice a day.
    Apply its leaves juice in hair roots.
  • Sciatica

    Take roots bark (10 gm) and Nirgundi leaves (5-7) in water (400 ml) and prepare decoction till water reduces to one fourth. Filter and drink twice a day.
  • Eczema, ring worms, itching on skin, burns

    Extract Fresh leaves juice and apply on affected areas. Do for few days.
  • Gout, arthritis

    Boil leaves of Bakayan and apply on affected joints to get relief from pain.
    Prepare powder by mixing equal amount powder of sonth, kutki, Bakayan dried seeds, Ashwagandha. Take this powder twice a day to get relief in swelling and inflammation.
  • Visham jwar, recurrent Fever

    For chronic fever, take bark (5 gm), tulsi leaves (7) and boil in water (200 ml) till water reduces to one fourth. Filter and drink twice a day.
    Or Extract its leaves juice and take 5 ml twice a day for a week.
    Kidney problem, increased uric acid, serum creatinine
    Prepare decoction of Bakayan bark and drink twice a day.

Bakayan dosage and how to use, precautions

Bakayan tree leaves, bark, root and seeds are used for medicinal purpose.  The recommended safe dosage of its bark is 5-10 gm, leaves and root in form of decoction is 50-100 ml. For its seeds safe dose is 3-5 gm in powder form. Please note it seeds must be taken in recommended dose only as large amount can be toxic and symptom of poisoning (loss of appetite, vomiting, constipation or diarrhoea, bloody faeces, stomach pain) appear few hours after intake.

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