Nagkesar. Botanical description of Mesua ferrea linn. Mesua ferrea linn. is an evergreen medium to large-sized ornamental plant. It is a medium-sized plant long up to 13 mm, often buttressed at the base with the trunk up to 90 cm in diameter. Leaves are about 3 to 5 inches long, simple, narrow, ovate and egg-shaped.
The major fatty acids in nagkesar oil are oleic acid, linoleic acid, stearic acid, and palmitic acid. Polyphenols and volatiles can contribute an unpleasant odour. These include the 4-phenyl coumarins mesuol, mammeisin, mesuagin and mammeigin
The leaves have analgesic and anti-venom properties, while the seed has antispasmodic and anti-arthritic activities. Nagkesar helps to manage conditions like indigestion, bleeding piles, asthma and joint pain due to its Ushna (hot), Deepan (appetizer), Pachan (digestion) and Vata, Pitta, Kapha balancing properties.
Rasa: Kashaya Tikta
Guna: Laghu Ruksha Teeskhsna
Karma: Ama Pachana
Is naagkeshar safe?
Nagkesar can be safely taken with other herbal medicines, vitamins, or remedies and no side effects are observed. However, if you see any side effects, seek immediate medical help from your physician who has prescribed it to you and get proper treatment to overcome your side effects
Nagkesar must be taken under the supervision of a medical doctor in situations like pregnancy, breastfeeding, and diabetes.9 There is a lack of research regarding the safety of nagkesar in pregnant and breastfeeding women, so its use should be avoided during these times.4 It is better to keep nagkesar away from small children and older people to avoid harmful reactions in the body.
Without consulting a doctor, you should not use nagkesar to self-medicate yourself.