( Crataeva nurvula )
The varuna is a large deciduous tree, frequently cultivated in the temples in Bangladesh and India. It grows to the height of 50 feet and bears pale yellow flowers and a smooth brown bark. The leaves are harvested in the spring, the bark is cut year round for the use of herbal medicine. It is used as a primary Ayurvedic herb for kidney and prostate problems. Ayurvedic takes a Holistic approach to healing, the meaning is, Ayu means life, and Veda means knowledge.
Ayurvedic medicine has traditionally used varuna to relieve difficulty in urination caused by enlargement of the prostate. This is probably due to the herb’s content of lupeol, it is a chemical that deactivates enzymes needed to manufacture inflammation inducing leukotrienes.
Kidney stones, for over 5000 years the Ayurvedic medicine used the herb varuna, to treat kidney stones. A scientific research has confirmed that varuna, deactivates the enzyme glycolate oxidase. This reduces the body’s prouuctionof oxalates, which combine with calcium to form kidney stones. One of the other chemical components of varuna, lupeol, reduces the levels of various laboratory markers of kidney damage.
Varuna can be taken as a tea or a tincture. It is mostly available from practitioners of ayurveda. It should be taken according by directions given by herbalist or physician recommending it.