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Alstonia scholaris  (R. BR.)


Botanical Name


Alstonia scholaris (R. BR.)

English Name


Devil’s Tree



Echites scholaris(Linn.). , Alstonia cuneata





General Info


Evergreen tree which can reach a height of 80 feet and 2.4 m in girth. Bark is rough, grey-white, yellowish inside.The leaves are petioled, oblong, 15cm long, glossy, dark green on the upper surface, with a whitish undersurface, occurring in whorls of 4 or 6. The flowers are greenish white, tubular and sessile, occurring in dense terminal clusters and appearing in spring. The fruits are long cylindrical follicles.

Herb Effects

Laxative (bark decoction); anticancer and hypotensive (stem bark); anthelmintic (bark); hypothermic and aphrodisiac (prolongs erection in males); astringent and galactogogue, antibacterial activity (Khan et al., 2003).


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Active Ingredients

Lupeol, amyrin acetates and numerous alkaloids (including ditamine and ditain) (bark); indole alkaloids (plant); betulin, ursolic acid and beta-sitosterol (leaf); betulinic acid (stem bark).

Chemistry of Active Ingredients
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Lupeol Not Available Not Available C30H50O Click Here To Enlarge
Betulin Not Available Not Available C30H50O2 Click Here To Enlarge
Ursolic acid 77-52-1 10-hydroxy-1,2,6a,6b
C30H48O3 Click Here To Enlarge
Beta-sitosterol 5779-62-4 17-(5-ethyl-6-methyl
C29H50O Click Here To Enlarge
Betulinic Acid 4481-62-3 Not Available C30H46O3 Click Here To Enlarge


Medicinal Use

In tuberculosis and as a tonic and laxative (bark decoction); in skin disorders, in dysentery, chronic diarrhea and fever, in heart diseases, asthma and to stop bleeding of wounds; for deafness (bark); in leprosy and dyspepsia (fresh bark juice); for beri-beri and liver congestion (decoction of young leaf); to ulcers, sores, tumours and in rheumatic pain, and is used for curing toothache, an antidote for Antiaris- poisoning (the milky juice or latex).


Chandel et al., Biodiversity in Medicinal and Aromatic Plants in India.

Grieve M. A Modern Herbal 1931.

Khan MR, Omoloso AD, Kihara M. 2003, Fitoterapia;74(7-8):736-40.

Sharma, Classical Uses of Medicinal Plants.

Uniyal et al., Medicinal Flora of Garhwal Himalayas.



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