Botanical Name :Prunuscerasoidus Linn.


According To Modern

Kingdom –Plantae

Order –Rosales

Family     –Rosaceae

According To Ayurveda

Charak- VarnyaVarga


Sushruta- SarivadiGana,


Bhavprakash- KarpuradiVarga


Other Names :

Hindi Name- Padmakh, Padmak
English Name- Bird Cherry, Wild Himalayan Cherry, Sour cherry
Telugu Name- Padma Kashtam
Malayalam Name- Padimukham
Gujarati Name- Padmakashta
Khumayun Name- Payiyan
Bengali Name- Padam

General Information :

Habit – medium sized or a large tree with pale red wood. Bark – smooth brown  bark peeling off in horizontal strips exposing a shining copper- coloured surface. Leaves – simple, alternate, glossy, ovate, long, acuminate, doubly-serrate, one or more conspicuous glands on the petiole. Flowers – white, pink or crimson coloured. Fruits- ovoid or globose drupes, yellow or red, seeds ovoid, rugose and furrowed.

Properties (Gunadharma)

Rasa-Kasaya, Tikta

Vipak- Katu

Virya- sheeta

Guna-Laghu, Snigdha


Specific Parts :

Bark, Seed pulp


Doshaghnata :




Shloka’s :

पद्मकं शिशिरं स्निग्धं कषायं रापित्त नुत

गर्भस्थैर्यकरं प्रोक्तं ज्वरच्छर्दीविषापहम

मोहदाहज्वरभ्रान्ति कुष्ठविस्फोटशान्तिकृत

Benefits :

Hikka (Hiccough) &Swasa (Asthma):

padmaka (Prunuscerasoides) sidhha ghee is beneficial in Hikka (Hiccough) and swasa (Asthma).

  • Padmaka powder is used to treat vomiting, nausea and gastritis. Dose- 3-5 g.
  • Seed powder of padmaka is used to treat renal stones.Dose-3-5gm
  • Padamakakwath is used inbleeding per vagina, weakness of the uterus and it also prepare the uterus for conceiving the foetus.Dose-30-40ml
  • Padmakabark is added to boiling water. This  is given to patients suffering from excessive sweating, burning sensation of the whole body and to treat fever.

Back pain

Padmaka possesses astringent and analgesic properties.

Bark juice of padamaka is given orally or applied topically in backache. Padmaka also produces a soothing effect and relieves the spasm of the muscles in the back.

Muscle pain

Padmakadecoction can provide relief from muscle pain and stiffness. It reduces the body pain and discomfort caused due to overexertion.

Benign prostatic hyperplasia

Padmaka can be used in the management of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). This herb supports the prostate health. It also prevents the inflammation, and enlargement of this gland hence used in prostatic hypertrophy.

Strains and sprains

Padmaka can be used to treat strains and sprains.sudden pull or tear of a ligament produces  symptoms of strain and sprain  with mild to moderate swelling,It also produces inability to move the part.In this condition Padmaka can help to relieve these symptoms and enable to patient to move about freely.



Dosage :

Choorna – 1 to 3 gm.


Research Corner :

The physicochemical properties and antioxidant activity of Prunuscerasoides D. Don gum exudates was investigated in this study. The total carbohydrate and protein content were found to be 73.72++2.44% and 2.33+1.25%, respectively. Analysis of monosaccharide composition by HPLC-RI system after acid hydrolysis of the gum showed the presence of arabinose, galactose, glucose, thamnose and xylose.

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