According to Charak Samhita, Chandana (Santalum album Linn.) is a coolant which has many beneficial properties.

  • Sandalwood (Chandana) is best in reliving bad odour, burning sensation and best to apply as a paste.

  • Rakta Prasadana – Detoxifies blood, useful in bleeding disorders
  • Vrushya – acts as aphrodisiac
  • Dahahara, Antardaha hara – relieves internal burning sensation, seen in Pitta imbalance conditions such as gastritis, sore throat, laryngitis, sun stroke etc.
  • Pittasrahara – useful in bleeding disorders such as nasal bleeding, menorrhagia etc.
  • Vishahara – anti toxic
  • Trushnahara – relieves thirst

  • Krumighna – Relieves worm infestation, useful in infected wounds
  • Shishira – coolant
  • Ahladana – brings about pleasant effect, nourishes sense organs
  • Klamahara, Shramahara – Relieves tiredness, fatigue
  • Shoshahara – relieves emaciation, dehydration
  • Varnya – Improves skin tone and complexion
  • It acts as diuretic, used in treating bladder inflammation
  • It is used in eye disorders involving excessive secretion, redness and burning
  • It is useful in menorrhagia and excessive white discharge
  • It is useful to control anger (by balancing Pitta). Hence useful in psychiatric disorders such as Mania, Schizophrenia etc. Hence used as ingredient in Manasamitra Vatakam
  • Chandana is used in acute dermatitis, gonorrhoea, palpitations
  • A paste made of it, applied externally relieves burning sensation, in herpes its paste helps to relieve pain and burning, improves skin complexion, cleanses wounds, and stops secretions
  • Its paste is applied over forehead to relieve migraine, headache
  • Its powder rubbed into hands, helps to relieve sweaty palms. It helps to check excessive sweating and bad odour

Because it is a coolant, people with asthma need a little care while taking it.


Purav Jayesh Trivedi

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