Ayurvedic Significance of Naga Danti Plant

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Also known as Croton oblongifolius, Naga Danti is an Ayurvedic herb that induces purgative action in the body. Often found in the temperate climate of the plains in India, Naga Danti is a small to middle-sized deciduous tree offering many benefits and medicinal uses. The seeds, roots, and fruits are the most used parts of this herb and are generally made in the form of powder or decoction for the patients. 

What Are The Ayurvedic Properties of the Naga Danti Plant?

Ayurveda describes the properties of any herb in terms of its Rasa, Guna and Doshas. Naga Danti offers the following medicinal properties. 

  • It has Katu or pungent Rasa (taste).
  • It is heavy to digest (Guru) and has deep penetrating qualities (Teekshna).
  • It is hot in potency.
  • According to Ayurveda, the Naga Danti plant can pacify the aggravated Kapha and Pitta Dosha.  

What Are the Benefits and Therapeutic Uses of Naga Danti? 

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Naga Danti offers many benefits and uses. Some of the most important uses, according to Ayurveda, are:

  • Naga Danti is one of the best herbs for the treatment of fistula.
  • It is highly effective in treating hepatomegaly and fever.
  • It can also be used to treat intestinal worms and ascites. 
  • Naga Danti is most popularly known for its use in the treatment of epilepsy.
  • It is also one of the most effective remedies to treat snake poisoning. 

Ayurveda also mentions the use of Naga Danti in many other disorders such as abdominal colic pain, gynaecological disorders, throat related disorders, glandular disorders, asthma and chronic respiratory diseases, splenomegaly, cough, cold, skin diseases and bloating.  

What Are the Side Effects of Naga Danti?

Excessive consumption of Naga Danti can cause severe purgation, which consecutively may lead to abdominal cramps and dehydration. Therefore, it is advised to only use Naga Danti after consulting with an Ayurvedic practitioner. 


Naga Danti is a potent Ayurvedic herb that helps to pacify Vata and Kapha Dosha in the body. It is highly beneficial in the treatment of many disorders such as hepatomegaly, fistula, epilepsy and snake poisoning. Taking Naga Danti after consulting an Ayurvedic doctor can yield many benefits.    

This article is reviewed by Dr. Pawan Kumar Sharma


Dr. Shankar Rao

Dr. Rao has achieved great success in his career, with 5 research projects and 4 books to his credit, as well as a Monograph. In addition to receiving the Bharat Scout & Guide Award from the President of India, Dr Rao has also won the Young Scientist Award from S.V. University, Tirupati.


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