Thursday, August 20, 2009


I don't think one needs to really thing hard to know why the Ixora coccinea is known as Jungle Flame. It is rather obvious, isn't it? For your information, Ixora is derived from the name of a Hindu deity and is commonly used in Hindu worship. It is also known as Flame of the Woods and Jungle Geranium.

The parts used are the flowers, leaves and bark.
The roots are astringent, acrid, sedative, stomachic and antiseptic. They are useful in fever, anorexia, diarrhoea, dysentery, sores, chronic ulcers and skin diseases.
The leaves are used in diarrhoea.
The flowers are astringent, bitter sweet, carminative, digestive and constipating and can be used in dysentery, catarrhal bronchitis, sores and ulcers
It is also said to have anti-cancer properties.

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