Ironwood Tree

Latin name: Mesua ferrea Linn. (Clusiaceae)

Sanskrit/Indian name: Nagakesara, Nagapushpa, Keshara, Nagkesar, Nagesar

General information:

Ironwood Tree possesses many therapeutic benefits. It is a hemostatic that stops bleeding and is also an anti-inflammatory. The Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia of India recommends the use of the plant in gout, hemorrhagic disorders and diseases of the urinary bladder.

Therapeutic constituents:

Stamens from the flower of the Ironwood Tree plant contain alpha- and beta-amyrin, beta-sitosterol, biflavonoids, mesuaferrones A and B, and mesuanic acid. The stamens, which are astringent and hemostatic, particularly in uterine bleeding and renal diseases, give the plant its therapeutic properties.

Key therapeutic benefits:

  • As a hemostatic, Ironwood Tree is beneficial in the treatment of bleeding piles and metrorrhagia (irregular uterine bleeding).
  • The extracts of the tree are also helpful in treating respiratory disorders like bronchitis.