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Herb Information
Name: Himalayan Cedar
Biological Name: Cedrus deodara

Coniferae

Other Names: Himalayan Cedar

Badra daru, Deodar, Devadaru, Devataram, Devdari, Pahari-keli, Pinus Deodara, Snehaviddha, Suradaru, Toon, Toona, Toon-maram, Vrikashapa

Description:

This herb is found all over the Northern Himalayas. It is largely cultivated in India as an ornamental tree. Related species are found in Lebanon, Turkey, Asia, and Africa.

Parts Used: Leaves, wood, bark, turpentine
Constituents

Wood yields an aleo-resin known as Kelanka-tel and a dark-colored oil or tar resembling crude turpentine. 

Himalayan Cedarwood oil, extracted from the herb, contains alpha- and gamma- atlantone, p-methyl-3-tetrahydroacetophenone.

Medicinal Applications

Action

Wood-carminative; 

Bark-powerfully astringent, febrifuge;

Leaves-mild turpentine properties

Cedarwood oil, extracted from the herb, is used for catarrhal conditions of the respiratory tract. It is an expectorant.

Action and Uses in Ayurveda and Siddha

Tikta rasam, katu vipakam, ushna veeryam, kapha vata haram, lagu, snigdham, in dam, adhananam, amam, tandra, prameham, kasam. 
Externally : Kandu, sodham, megha-vranam.

Action & Uses in Unani

Resolves inflammation, antispasmodic, anti-poison, paralysis, stone in the kidney, fevers.

Uses:

diarrhea

dysentery

fever

inflammation

kidney stones

paralysis

skin diseases

ulcers

Bark of the herb is a good remedy in remittent and intermittent fevers, diarrhea and dysentery. The powder is used in the treatment of ulcers. It is particularly valuable for the treatment of bilious fevers and inveterate diarrhea arising from atony of the muscular fiber.

Cedarwood oil, extracted from the herb, is used for catarrhal conditions of the respiratory tract. It is an expectorant. It is also useful for ulcers and skin diseases.

Dosage:

Oleoresin (oil or tar), powder. The cedarwood oil is used as a rub (Bormelin balm). It also is used sometimes as an inhalation.

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