Talisapatra – Abies webbiana
Talisapatra – Abies webbiana
Talisapatra, commonly known as Himalayan yew is one of most commonly used herb for the alleviation of Inflammatory conditions and bacterial or fungal infections. The name Talisapatra indicates that it grows in high mountains. Leaves of this plant is used in different diseases and is a potent anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial agent.
Dr. Gupta’s IAFA have been studying on readily available herbs for the purpose of alleviating allergic condition. Our experts studied on Talisapatra and proven the plant’s therapeutic activities like Antispasmodic, Antilithic, Antipyretic, Carminative, Expectorant, Stomachic, Anticancer, Antifungal, Antibacterial, Antiinflammatory actions etc. Talisapatra can be used in various diseases like cough, asthma, anorexia, digestive disorders etc. Broad spectrum antibacterial action is shown by methanolic extract of dried leaves of Talisapatra. When administered orally, it has shown cough relieving action. Alcoholic leaf extract of this plant is bronchodialating and can be used in asthma. Nowadays Talisapatra is also used for treating allergic conditions.
Action of Talisapatra – Abies webbiana in Allergies
IAFA experts have successfully proven the antiallergic property of the plant Talisapatra. The plant contains phytoconstituents like taxinine, ephedrine, betuloside, taxagifin, hydrocyanic acid, tannin, taxicatin, taxyphyllin, ferredoxin, rhodoxanthine, zeaxanthine etc. These phytoconstituents aids the antiallergic and anti-inflammatory property of Talisapatra. It can be effectively used for treating allergic conditions.
Vernacular Names and Classification
|Botanical name||Abies webbiana|
|Sanskrit Name||Talisapatra, Dhatripatra, Patradya|
|English Name||Himalayan Yew|
|Kannada Name||Talisa patri|
Ayurveda Reference of Talisapatra – Abies webbiana
Morphology of Talisapatra – Abies webbiana
- A tree usually stunted
- Young shoots have short brown hairs
- Leaves 1-2.5 cm long, spreading in all directions
- Inflorescence is catkin or solitary
- Male flowers are subglobose and female flowers resemble leaf buds
- Fruits are bright red
Geographical Distribution of Talisapatra – Abies webbiana
Talisapatra is found growing mostly in Himalayan ranges.
Phytoconstituents of Talisapatra – Abies webbiana
The plant contains phytoconstituents like taxinine, ephedrine, betuloside, taxagifin, hydrocyanic acid, tannin, taxicatin, taxyphyllin, ferredoxin, rhodoxanthine, zeaxanthine etc.
Parts Used of Talisapatra – Abies webbiana
Dosage of Talisapatra – Abies webbiana
- Powder (churna) – 1-3 g
Medicinal Properties of Talisapatra – Abies webbiana
- Kasa hara – relieves cough
- Dipana – carminative
- Hikkanigrahana – relieves hiccough
- Swasahara – relieves asthma
- Pacana – digestant
- Krimighna – useful in worm infestations
- Chardinigrahana – relieves vomiting
- Rucikara – useful in anorexia
- Hridya – useful in heart diseases
Home Remedies of Talisapatra – Abies webbiana
From ancient times itself Ayurveda is widely used in India. Talisapatra, a commonly seen and easily available herb. Due to its high medicinal value it is used in treating many diseases like,
- In Cough (Kasa) – Powdered Talisapatra is mixed with juice of Adhatoda vasica leaves and taken to cure cough.
- In Anorexia (Aruci) – Tablets prepared from powdered Talisapatra, Cinnamomum camphora and sugar candy promote taste.
- In Asthma (Swasa) – 1-3 g powder of Talisapatra is mixed with juice of Adhatoda vasica leaves and taken to cure asthma.
- In Heart diseases (Hridroga) – Decoction made of Talisa taken is useful in heart diseases.
- In Hiccough (Hikka) – Powdered Talisapatra is mixed with juice of Adhatoda vasica leaves and taken to cure hikka.
- As a carminative (Deepana) – Talisapatra is powdered and taken before food. It can act as a carminative.
- In Vomiting (Chardi) – Powdered Talisapatra is taken to check vomiting.
- As Digestant (Pacana) – Talisapatra powdered and taken after food.
Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Allergist