Saraca is a sacred tree of India with red flowers and red wood, famous for its use in treating gynecological disorders. It is especially relied upon as an astringent to treat excessive uterine bleeding from various causes (including hormone disorders and fibroids), but also for regulating the menstrual cycle and, in various complex formulas, as a tonic for women. Many Ayurvedic physicians believe that women should use this herb frequently to help avoid gynecological and reproductive disorders; thus, it is not solely used as a treatment for existing problems. The bark, rich in tannins and cyanidins (red colored compounds), is the primary medicinal part. The tannins provide the main astringent action for halting excessive menstrual bleeding, and also for bleeding hemorrhoids, bleeding ulcers, and hemorrhagic dysentery.
Formula for regulating menstruation and inhibiting excessive uterine bleeding
Saraca, which is provided in Saracant as half of the entire formula, is combined here with ashwaganda to regulate menstruation. Though today ashwaganda is frequently thought of as an adaptogen, in traditional Ayurvedic formulations, it has had a very good reputation as an aid to women with menstrual difficulties. Grapes (these are small wild grapes) are found in most Ayurvedic blood nourishing formulas, and asparagus root is considered a hormone regulator. The minor ingredients pterocarpus (another tree with red wood, a type of sandalwood) and symplocos (a fragrant styrax tree) are being intensively studied for their hormone-regulating effects. These herbs are particularly useful for treating disorders such as premenstrual syndrome and perimenopausal syndrome.