Malkangani, also known as “Staff tree” or ‘Tree of Life’, is a large woody climbing shrub.
Its oil is beneficial for hair and is used as a hair tonic. The application of Malkangani on the scalp makes hair healthy and helps reduce dandruff due to its antifungal property. Malkangani is also used for managing dermal problems such as eczema. Malkangani leaves have strong wound healing activity and help reduce pain and inflammation due to its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.
According to Ayurveda, Malkangani powder can be taken along with honey or water to help manage pain and swelling due to osteoarthritis due to its vata balancing property.
Consuming Malkangani oil with lukewarm water once a day helps in enhancing memory due to its Medhya (improves intelligence) property.
Malkangani : Celastrus paniculatus, Staff tree, Doddaganugae, Gangunge beeja, Gangunge humpu, Kangondiballi, Ceruppunnari, Uzhinja, Malkangoni, Malkanguni, Jyotishmati, Valuluvai, Peddamaveru.