Tuesday, May 25, 2010

MEDICINAL USE OF THE SAGA TREE






This is the saga tree (Adenanthera pavonina L.) where we get all the lovely red bead-like saga seeds. Do you know that in India the leaves are boiled and the water is used to treat rheumatism and gout? The saga seeds which are pounded into powder form is used to treat boils, headaches and rheumatism. Its wood is made into a tonic. In Malaysia, the leaves are also used as herbal cures.There are few such saga trees outside the workshops in the school where I teach and there is always an abundance of saga seeds to be found on the ground.

Hmm ... I must start collecting the saga seeds and pound them into powder so that I can use it to treat my headaches. As an afterthought, I better stick to visiting the Massage Uncle as it is too troublesome.

1 comment:

cina_fong said...

This is fantastic information. I hv always wanted to know the name of this tree which used to grow in abundance in Petaling Jaya when I was a child now there is not even one tree left.