Botanical Name Michelia champaca
Family Magnoliaceae
Origin Southeast Asia
Description Michelia champaca, commonly known as Champa or Champak, is a large evergreen tree with a dense, spreading canopy. It has dark green, glossy leaves and fragrant, yellow or orange flowers that are used in perfumery. The flowers bloom in clusters and have a sweet, fruity fragrance that is popular in Asia. The fruit is a green, ovoid drupe that turns black when ripe.
Parts Used The flowers, bark, and leaves are used in traditional medicine.
Dose The dose of Champa varies depending on the preparation and condition being treated. It is important to consult with a qualified practitioner before using this herb.

Ayurveda Features

Formulations(Yog) Champa is used in various Ayurvedic formulations, including Chyavanprash, a popular Ayurvedic jam that is used as a general health tonic.
Anti-Dote (Nivaran Dravya) Not available
Ayurvedic Properties GUNA (Quality) – Laghu (Light), Ruksha (Dry)
RASA (Taste) – Tikta (Bitter), Kashaya (Astringent)
VIPAK (Metabolism) – Katu (Pungent)
VIRYA (Potency) – Ushna (Hot)
PRABHAV (Impact) – Medhya (Brain tonic), Rasayana (Rejuvenative)
Other Names Sanskrit – Champaka, Keshara
Hindi – Champa
Assamese – Champak
Bengali – Chameli
Kannada – Sampige
Malayalam – Chemmankamaram
Manipuri – Chempaka
Marathi – Sonchafa
Oriya – Champaka
Telugu – Champakamu


Distribution Champa is native to Southeast Asia, particularly in India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, and Myanmar. It is also found in Sri Lanka, southern China, and some parts of Indonesia.
Pharmacognosy The flowers and essential oil of Champa have been traditionally used in Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine for their anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and sedative properties. The flowers are also used for their antispasmodic, diuretic, and anti-anxiety effects.
Cultivation Champa can be grown in a variety of soils, but prefers well-drained, loamy soil. It can be propagated by seeds or stem cuttings. The tree requires full sun exposure and regular watering.
Physical Constituents Champa has a sweet, fruity fragrance that is popular in perfumery.
Chemical Constituents The flowers of Champa contain a variety of volatile compounds, including linalool, geraniol, and benzyl acetate. The bark contains tannins, flavonoids, and alkaloids.


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