Dita Tree, Blackboard Tree, Indian Devil Tree, White CheeseWood

Dita Tree, Blackboard Tree, Indian Devil Tree, White CheeseWood

Sanskrit name: Saptaparna, Satawana
Botanical name: Alstonia scholaris
Habitat: It is native to Indian Subcontinent.




  • Rasa (taste): Bitter, Astringent
  • Virya (action): Heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
  • Dosha (Constitution): Balances kapha and vata and pitta

General information

Dita Tree has been used to make paper in ancient time in India and South Asia. The wood of this tree is soft and lightweight and the tree can be easily cultivated hence recommended for making pencil and paper. Tribal people from India avoid usage of the Dita Tree as they believe it is evil in nature. Ayurveda practitioners used extracts from the bark of Dita trees to treat fever, common cold and cough like conditions. It has antibacterial and antifungal properties and hence the leaves and bark are applied externally for treating skin ailments and allergies. The dried leaves of this herb are used as an expectorant. It also helps to regulate the metabolism and bowel movements.


No such information on side effects is available on this Herb. However, we recommend to consume this herb under proper medical guidance.

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