Gular or Cluster fig tree is a sacred, large tree distributed throughout India. It is used to treat various diseases in Ayurveda and also has a religious significance.
The Fig tree is considered the abode of Hindu Guru Dattatreya who represents Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. Raja Harischandra of the Ikshvaku dynasty wore a crown made from a branch of this Fig or Udumbura tree, set in a circlet of gold. His throne (simhasana) was also made of Udumbura wood and the Raja (King) would ascend it on his knee, inviting the gods to ascend it along with him, which they complied, albeit unseen.
Figs are among the richest plant sources of calcium and fiber. Gular tree leaves, fruits, root and bark are used to treat various diseases. It has been used in Ayurveda, to treat various diseases/disorders like diabetes, liver disorders, diarrhea, inflammatory conditions, hemorrhoids, respiratory, mosquito bites, and urinary diseases.
The latex is applied topically on cuts, boils, muscular pain, pimples, scabies, haemorrhoids etc. The fruits are edible and full of nutrition. Fruits are cooling, cardiac tonic and useful in urinary diseases, bile disorders, menstrual disorders. The leaves fresh juice or decoction is used in treatment of many diseases. The description of Udumbara or Gular tree is even given in Ved. Rig Veda mentions it as a tree that cures piles, internal wounds, removes impurities from blood, worms from alimentary canal. Atharvaveda describes its usefulness in skin diseases like leprosy, sinus, oedema, impurities of blood and in piles. Bhavaprakasha mentions it is useful in treatment of pimples and wounds.
Note: We advise that natural products be consumed in their pristine form, without any preservatives or processing chemicals, unless a preparation is advised by an Ayurvedic doctor.
It gives maximum health benefits and keeps costs low (compared to the huge medical costs due to modern diseases.)
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