Latin name: Quercus infectoria
Sanskrit/Indian name: Mayakku, Mayaphala
The Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia of India recommends Downy Oak to stop heavy menstrual bleeding, to treat dry and itchy vaginal skin and for dental inflammation. The 2008 article ‘Antioxidant Potential of Galls of Quercus Infectoria’ in the Internet Journal of Pharmacology, revealed that the extracts of Downy Oak have potent antioxidant properties.
Downy Oak contains tannic acid (gallo-tannic acid) as the principal constituent. Tannic and gallic acids extracted from the tree are often used to regularize bowel movements during dysentery and diarrhea.
Key therapeutic benefits:
- Dhub Grass is beneficial in treating gynecological disorders.
- The herb is useful as a gastrointestinal toner.
- When applied topically, the herb relieves dental inflammation.