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Healing with the Flame Tree: Delonix regia

The flame tree is considered by many as an ornamental plant, however its medicinal properites are nonetheless as impressive as its beauty when it is in full bloom.

Medicinal Uses : Antidiabetic, Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-arthritic, Antipyretic, Hepato-protective, Cardioprotective, Helps with Indigestion and Flatulence, Purge parasitic worms from the digestive tract, Anti-diarrhoea, Anti-Cancer, Anti-microbial, Helps heal wounds, As a rich source of antioxidant phytochemicals.

Disclaimer: For the untrained eye, many plants appear similar. Do not attempt to harvest and use herbs until and unless you are familiar with herb identification and usage.

If you want to use any of the herbs mentioned on these blogs, please do so under the guidance of a doctor or a holistic practitioner. You can also write to us at for usage information specific to your issue.

Scientific Name: Delonix regia | English: Flame tree | Sanskrit: Siddeswara| Hindi: Gulmohur | Bengali: Krishnachura | Tamil: Cemmayir kondrai, Mayil kondrai | Marathi: Gulmohar | Telugu: Peddaturayi| Kannada: Kempu torai |

Parts used: Flowers, leaves, Seeds, Bark, Gum/Resin.

Usage in Traditional Medicine:

1. The stalks of flowers are eaten or used in making chutney. They are rich in Vitamin C and a host of other antioxidants and phytochemicals.

2. A juice made with the flowers is very good for Diabetics. It is also a wonderful remedy to help address inflammatory disorders.

3. An oil prepared with the flowers is used to treat arthritic and rheumatic inflictions.

4. A herbal tea prepared with the flowers and leaves helps address flatulence, digestive disorders, helps expel worms from the digestive tract and is also beneficial for gynecological disorders. This tea can also be used as an enema to help clear the colon of pathogenic microbes.

5. A decoction of the leaves helps address joint pains and swelling.

6. The seeds are used to protect against infections and hasten the healing of wounds.

7. The exudate from the bark of the tree i.e. resin is used as a tablet binder.

Research :

a. Delonix regia Leaf Extract (DRLE): A Potential Therapeutic Agent for Cardioprotection

b. Effect of Delonix Regia Leaf Extract on Glucose Tolerance in Glucose-induced Hyperglycemic Mice


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