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  • From: "Dr. Chiranjit Parmar" <>
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  • Subject: [nafex] Medicinal uses of Phalsa(Grewia asiatica)
  • Date: Sun, 29 Dec 2024 00:42:26 +0530


Phalsa is a shrub or small tree, which if allowed to grow
naturally, can attain a height upto 12 feet. It sheds leaves during winter
goes into dormancy for short duration. As it bears fruits only on current
seasons growth, so it is pruned to a height of 30 inches every year. The
fruits are small, seedy but juicy, 6-8 mm in diameter, dark purple at

A very refreshing drink is made from the fresh phalsa juice.
This is very popular during the hot summer months and sold at fruit juice
stalls in big cities.

The ripe fruits are sweet with a pleasant blend of acid and
having a cooling effect on body. These are tonic and aphrodisiac. The
fruits allay thirst and burning sensation, remove and cure inflammations.
These are said to be good for heart and blood disorders, fevers and
diarrhoea. The fruit is also good for the troubles of throat. It also helps
to remove the dead foetus. The unripe fruits remove VATA and cause KAPHA and

The bark of phalsa plant cures biliousness and VATA. It also
cures urinary troubles and the burning in vagina. An infusion of the bark is
used as a demulcent.

The root is used in strangury, gleet and gonorrhoea. The root bark is used
by Santhal tribals use the root bark for rheumatism.

The leaves are used as an application to pustular eruptions. Buds of phalsa
are also prescribed by some physicians.

From: Dr. Chiranjit Parmar

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  • [nafex] Medicinal uses of Phalsa(Grewia asiatica), Dr. Chiranjit Parmar, 12/28/2001

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