Ficus religiosa or sacred fig is a species of fig native to the Indian subcontinent[2] and Indochina[3] that belongs to Moraceae, the fig or mulberry family. It is also known as the bodhi tree,[4] pippala treepeepul tree,[2] peepal treepipal tree,[citation needed] or ashvattha tree (in India and Nepal).[5] The sacred fig is considered to have a religious significance in three major religions that originated on the Indian subcontinent, HinduismBuddhism and Jainism. Hindu and Jain ascetics consider the species to be sacred and often meditate under it. This is the tree under which Gautama Buddha is believed to have attained enlightenment. The sacred fig is the state tree of the Indian states of Odisha[6] and Haryana.

1. Diarrhea
Peepal is an effective herb for controlling diarrhea. Diarrhea, known as Atisar in Ayurveda, is caused due to improper food, impure water, toxins, mental stress and Agnimandya (weak digestive fire). All these factors are responsible for aggravating Vata. Aggravated Vata brings fluid in the intestine from various tissues from the body and mixes with the stool which leads to loose, watery motions or Diarrhea. Using Peepal bark powder helps to control the loss of water from the body and makes the stool thicker due to its Kashaya (astringent) and Sangrahi (absorbent) properties.Tips for using Peepal bark powder.
a. Take 2-4gm of Peepal bark powder.
b. Boil it 1 cup of water for 10 minutes or until the water reduces to ¼ quantity.
c. Stain it and have 15ml-20ml of this twice a day (or as directed by the physician) to get rid of the symptoms of diarrhea.

2. Menorrhagia
Menorrhagia or heavy menstrual bleeding is known as Raktapradar or excessive secretion of menstrual blood. This is due to an aggravated Pitta dosha. Peepal bark balances an aggravated Pitta and controls heavy menstrual bleeding or menorrhagia. This is due to its Sita (cold) and Kashaya (astringent) properties.

Tips for using Peepal bark powder.
a. Take 1-1.5gm (or as directed by physician) of Peepal bark powder.
b. Swallow it with water once or twice a day to get rid of the symptoms of menorrhagia.

3. Constipation
Constipation is caused due to an aggravated Vata and Pitta dosha. This can be due to the frequent consumption of junk food, excess intake of coffee or tea, sleeping late at night, stress and depression. All these factors aggravate Vata and Pitta leading to constipation. Peepal leaves juice or pill helps to manage constipation because of its Rechana (laxative) nature. It helps to expel waste products from the large intestine easily.

Tips for using Peepal juice.
a. Take 5-10ml (or as directed by physician) of Peepal leaves juice.
b. Mix it with mild hot water have it before going to bed to get rid of constipation.


Peepal bark powder can be taken by pregnant ladies in recommended doses. However, it is advisable to consult your physician before taking Peepal during Pregnancy[2].