Pathimugam (sappanwood) – A natural remedy to quench thirst

Pathimugam (sappanwood) ((Caesalpinia sappan L.) –  Multipurpose tree grows upto 8-10 m in height and the trunk reaches up to 15-30 cm in diameter, after a period of 8 years. The heartwood contains the water soluble dye and it has high economic values

Pathimugam (sappanwood) – Herbal Medicine

Caesalpinia sappan is a species of flowering tree in the legume family, Fabaceae, that is native to Southeast Asia. Common names in English include sappanwood and Indian redwood. Sappanwood belongs to the same genus as Brazilwood (C. echinata), and was originally called “brezel wood” in Europe.

  • English (false sandalwood,Indian brazilwood,Indian redwood,sappanwood)
  • Hindi (bokmo,bakan,patungam,vakum,vakam,patunga

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The water kept in Caesalpinia sappan Linn. (Sappan lignum) heartwood is being used in Kerala as herbal drinking water for its anti thirst, blood purifying, antidiabetic, improvement of complexion and several other properties.

The plant is also being used worldwide for a large number of traditional medicinal purposes.

Modern day research confirms its cytotoxic, antitumor, antimicrobial, antiviral, immunostimulant and several other activities. Several triterpenoids, flavonoids, oxygen heterocycles, etc. were isolated.

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Kerala Ayurvedic Water is a hot drinking water, slightly pinkish in colour, used by many people in the state of Kerala, India which is served in many restaurants and homes just before eating.This herbal drinking water has the ability to cure anti-thirst, used as blood purifier, anti- diabetic, improvement of complexion and several other properties.


The heartwood of the tree is red, hard, and heavy.  Boiling drinking water with “Pathimugam” will purify the water and prevent the spread of any water-borne epidemic.  It is also used in many Ayurvedic medicines because of its prophylactic properties.  Experts are of the opinion that “Pathimugam” can be used for the treatment of certain types of cancer.  It is also said that it can be used for the cure of certain disorders related to kidney and skin.  Additionally, it is also used for the treatment of piles, cholesterol, blood purification, stomach problems, diabetics, heart problems etc.
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