Varuna: Benefits, action, dosage and contraindications


Varun (Crataeva nurvala Buch-Ham), is an evergreen tree indigenous to India. In Ayurveda this plant has been of special importance due to its effectiveness in a wide range of disease. All parts of the plant have been used in a wide range of medication. 

Herb - Varuna

Ayurvedic Action

Rasa (Taste)Tikta,kasaya
Virya (Energy)Ushna, Hot
Vipak (Post-digestive effect)Katu
Guna (Quality)Light , Dry
Doshic EffectBalances -K- V

Health Benefits

Kidney stones

Varun is useful in managing kidney stones. Varuna prevents stone formation due to the anti-lithogenic activity and the anti-crystallization property. It also promotes the removal of kidney stones.


Varun is useful in managing benign prostate enlargement. It has anti-inflammatory properties and it also improves flow of the urine. It also helps to reduce the symptoms like painful or frequent urination due to its Mutral (diuretic) nature. It improves the urinary flow rate by reducing post-void residual urine.


Urinary tract infection is described under the broad term of Mutrakcchra in Ayurveda. In the case of urinary tract infection, Varun helps to control burning sensation. This is because of its Mutral (diuretic) effect. It increases urine flow and reduces the symptoms of UTI like burning sensation during urination.


Urolithiasis is the stone formed in the urinary tract. Varun is one of the herbs which helps to break renal calculi and reduce the size of the stone. This is because of its Ashmari Bhedan (penetration) property. Varun also helps to expel it out it because of its Mutral (diuretic) nature.


Varuna is useful in gout as it contains certain constituents which have anti-inflammatory properties. These constituents inhibit the activity of protein responsible for stimulating inflammation and manages pain and inflammation associated with gout.


Varuna might help in abscess (collection of pus in body tissues) due to its blood purifying and anti inflammatory properties.

Dosage and side effects (only after consultation with an ayurvedic doctor).

Varun bark Powder - ½-1 teaspoon or as per your requirement.

Generally there are no side effects of this herb , but should always be taken under the guidance of a physician.


  1. Sastry. J.L.N, Dravyaguna Vijnana, Part-II, Second edition 2005, page no-61, 62.
  2. The Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia Of India.Part 1 Volume 1.

Doctor AI

Do you know your selfie can reveal a lot about you? Try it now