The banyan tree is well known allover India . The tree has what is known as the 'aerial roots', its branches drop to the ground, take roots again, and send out more twisting and trailing branches, thus extending the growth of the tree indefinitely. It has smooth, shining, rather stiff and leathery leaves, broadly oval in shape. The flowers and fruits are inconspicuous, very minute, many of them being held together in the fig, which is a sort of pouch that contains hundreds of flowers or fruits. The name Banyan tree in English seems to have been given by Europeans in the Persian Gulf to a particular tree of this species under which Banias or members of the Indian merchant class used to congregate for worship and business. Gradually, the name spread to indicate all the species of this tree. From time immemorial, poets and mystics of India have been eloquent in singing the praises of this tree. It is now one of the commonest trees planted along the country roads, shrines, or uncultivated fields in India . The leaves of the banyan tree yield ficusin and bergaptene. The latex of the tree is very toxic. Healing Power and Curative Properties benefits of Banyan Tree The banyan has many medicinal properties. It is used in traditional medicine for the treatment of several ailments. The bark and leaf buds of the tree are useful in arresting secretion or bleeding. The fruit exercises a soothing effect on the skin and mucous membranes, alleviates swelling and pain, and serve as a' mild purgative. It is also nutritious. Diarrhoea and Dysentery
The leaf buds of the banyan tree are beneficial in the treatment of chronic diarrhoea and dysentery. The buds should be soaked in water' overnight and taken as infusion in the treatment of these diseases. The latex is also useful in the treatment of diarrhoea and dysentery. Piles
A few drops of the latex of the banyan tree mixed In milk and taken daily helps to cure bleeding piles. With this treatment, the diet of the patient...
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