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Arak

Comman Name : Toothbrush Tree, Mustard Tree

Latin Name : Salvadora persica

Sanskrit Name : Peelu, Pilu, Meswak, Miswak, Arak

  • Salvadora persica is a popular chewing stick throughout the Arabian Peninsula, as well as the wider Muslim world. Also commonly referred to as miswak,
  • The gum of Pterocarpus marsupium Roxb. (Bija Sal) is applied in gums to cure toothache.
  • Moroccan grandmothers massage arak onto the stomachs of children with indigestion.
  • The fresh leaves can be eaten as part of a salad and are used in traditional medicine for cough, asthma, scurvy, rheumatism, piles and other diseases.