Styrax officinale Linn

Family ► Styracaceae.

Habitat ► A native to Asia minor and Syria.

English ► The True Storax tree.

Ayurvedic ► Silhaka, Silaarasa, Turushka, Kapitaila, Yavandeshaja.

Folk ► Silaajit, Usturak.

Action ► Balsam is used for cough and respiratory tract catarrh. Turushka was obtained from Styrax officinale. Due to scarcity, it was replaced by the exudation of Liquidamber orientalis Mill. Balsam obtained from Altingia excelsa Noronha is used as a substitute for Silhaka and is known as Silaarasa (occurs in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh).

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