Sunday, 24 January 2010

Narra (Pterocarpus spp.)

Preferred scientific name
Pterocarpus indicus Willd.
The genus name is derived from the Greek pteron, which
Means wing, and karpos, which means fruit, referring to
the flat, winged pods characteristic of the genus.

The NARRA is a medium to large tree with an irregular trunk, the height of narra tree is up to 40 m and a diameter up to 200 cm. It thrives best in flats and guilles, on moist sandy loam or clay loam soil. It is found in association with dipterocarp species and needs sufficient moisture for its growth.

• Shredded bark is boiled and the fluid taken orally.

Medicinal use:
• Shredded bark is boiled, the fluid taken orally, for the cure of dysentery and diarrhea.
• the Herbal teas pills made for narra extracts, and popularized in the Philippines for treating a range of diseases such as treat for leprosy, menstrual pain, flu, rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes.