Botanical Name Amoora rohituka
Family Meliaceae
Origin India
Description Rohitaka is a medium-sized deciduous tree that grows up to 15-20 meters tall. The leaves are compound, with 4-8 pairs of leaflets. The flowers are small, white to yellowish, and borne in large panicles. The fruits are globose, smooth, and woody, containing 1-3 seeds.
Parts Used Bark, leaves, and seeds
Dose The recommended dose varies depending on the form and preparation of Rohitaka.


Ayurveda Features

Formulations(Yog) Rohitaka is used in many Ayurvedic formulations such as Rohitakarishta, Rohitakaghrita, and Rohitakavaleha.
Anti-Dote (Nivaran Dravya) Not available
Ayurvedic Properties Guna (Quality): Laghu (Light), Ruksha (Dry)
Rasa (Taste): Tikta (Bitter)
Vipak (Metabolism): Katu (Pungent)
Virya (Potency): Ushna (Hot)
Prabhav (Impact): Not available
Other Names Sanskrit: Rohitaka
Hindi: Pygeum, Lal Aila
Bengali: Rohitak
Kannada: Neralu
Malayalam: Vayampu
Marathi: Rohida
Oriya: Rohitak
Tamil: Neralu
Telugu: Erra-maddi


Distribution Rohitaka is found throughout India, especially in the Himalayan region and in the Deccan Plateau.
Pharmacognosy The bark, leaves, and seeds of Rohitaka are used for medicinal purposes. The bark is bitter and astringent and contains alkaloids, flavonoids, and tannins. The seeds are also bitter and contain a fatty oil.
Cultivation Rohitaka is propagated through seeds and requires well-drained soil with moderate water supply.
Physical Constituents Bitter and astringent taste.
Chemical Constituents Alkaloids, flavonoids, tannins, fatty oil.


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