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Medicinal properties of Bilva (Aegle marmelos Correa) as depicted in Ayurvedic literature

Dhananjay Vasudeo Dwivedi*
Department of Sanskrit, Ranchi College, R.U., Ranchi, Jharkhand, India

Received February, 2012; Revised March, 2012

Abstract : Bilva, which has botanical name as Aegle marmelos Correa, is a member of Rutaceae family according to modern day botanists. This tree is held in high esteem among Indians in general and Hindus in particular. Its religious, cultural and medicinal properties have drawn attention of researchers. Though much has been done in this modern era, thoughts of our ancient seers are also of relevance. Scientists should draw inspiration from deliberations of these seers. Almost all the Ayurvedic texts have discussed about the medicinal properties of this tree. Going by these texts it is loud and clear that Bilva is used as medicine in both the ways. There are certain preparations, which are made of some or the other part of just the Bilva and there are also some preparations, which are made by using some other medicinal plants with Bilva. The present research paper intends to bring out such facts to lime light.

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