Abies Pindrow grows at an altitude of 2,400 -3,600 meters. The large, evergreen tree grows up to 40-60 meters in height and has a trunk diameter of 2-3 meters. It has grayish pink to brown colored smooth to glabrous shoots. The leaves 4-9 cm long are longest of any fir and remain pointed. They remain flattened with dark, glossy green above with whitish bands on the underside. The cones are broad and cylindrical 7-13 cm long and 3-4 cm broad.
The common name is Himalayan fir. It also goes by the name of Pindrow fir. Hindi names are Badar, Raisalla and Dodimma.
Botanical name or family
The botanical name is Abies pindrow and is from Pinaceae family.
Common regions where Abies Pindrow tree grows
The pindrow fir is native to the Western Himalayas. You can find it in northeast Afghanistan, northern Pakistan, India and central Nepal.
Abies Pindrow Medicinal uses
The pindrow fir finds many medicinal uses. The leaf, gum, and bark extract of the plant finds a use for treating various ailments.
Expectorant: They use the leaves of the plant to make a juice for relief from a cough. They crush the leaves and store the juice in bottles for use when needed.
Sedative: They dry and powder the Abies pindrow leaf to make potions with water or milk. This they use as a sedative to give relief from pain or anxiety.
Otorrhoea: You can get a discharge from the ears if you have inflammation, trauma, or infection among other reasons. Giving the patient a preparation of Himalayan fir will help to cure this fast.
Anxiety: This is a common symptom for many ailments. The infusion of the bark with water is used for getting rid of anxiety. Ethanolic extracts formed from the leaves showed significant anxiolytic effects. Its use as a barbiturate helps produce hypnotic effect and sedation in the patient making them calm and relaxed.
Antiseptic: The paste of the leaves has an antiseptic action. You can apply the paste on cuts, wounds, and bruises to get rid of bacteria and germs. This is due to the action of Pindrolactone, a compound isolated from the leaves. This is a lanostane-based triterpene lactone.
Carminative: When you have problems with flatulence, the tea made from the leaves of the Himalayan fir will help to relieve the symptoms. Drink one cup in the morning and night for fast relief.
Decongestant: When allergies make the lining of the nose swell up, you experience breathing difficulties. You can use the leaves of the Abies pindrow to get relief from the condition. The leaves fight the inflammation and open the airways.
Asthma: This is a breath-related condition that affects the airways in the lungs of the person. The bronchial tubes get swollen, and this blocks the amount of air going into the lungs. Powder the bark of the Abies pindrow tree and use it to make a decoction. Drink it in the morning and evening. This will help to reduce the conditions of asthma.
Fever: You get relief from fever by having the Abies pindrow leaf tea. The antipyretic action helps suppress the symptoms fast.
Painkiller: The analgesic nature of the extract of Himalayan fir is useful for relieving the pain. Give a glass of water to which you have added the extract of the leaves of the Himalayan fir tree. This will help to relieve the pain.
Helps ease the pain of menses: For women, who have pain during menses, the extract of the Abies pindrow will help to reduce the suffering. Make a drink with water and the extract of the Himalayan fir and have it three times until the symptoms subside.
Diuretic: You get a boost to the urinary system with the Abies pindrow leaf decoction. This action helps flush the toxins out and makes the blood pure.
Anti-inflammatory: You can apply the paste of the leaves on the joints where you have swelling and you get relief. The pain and the swelling will go down. In a study conducted on guinea pigs, the extract showed protective action against inflammation and bronchospasms. This was due to the action of Terephthalic acid dimethyl ester (TADE). To treat the catarrhal inflammation of the urinary bladder, you can use the infusion of the leaves of the Abies pindrow. One has to avoid the causes of the disease to avoid recurrence of the symptoms. Fomentation and frequent warm baths will help give relief when one has chronic cystitis.
Anti-diabetic: You can get help with the blood sugar levels by using the leaves of the Abies pindrow tree. Give a glass of the tea prepared from the pindrow fir leaves twice a day.
Antibacterial: The freshly crushed leaves show a good antibacterial property. It shows potent activity against gram negative E. coli bacterium and mild action against gram positive bacteria.
Bronchial sedative: The patients who suffer from bronchitis get relief by the use of the Abies pindrow decoction. They take one cup in the morning and evening and experience relative comfort.
Anticatarrhal: When one has excess mucus, they can use the decoction of the leaves of Abies pindrow to remove it. Make a decoction with the powdered leaves of the Abies pindrow. Use one teaspoon of the powdered leaves for one glass of water. Have this twice a day to get best results.
Terpenoids: This is a group of compounds that occur in nature and have therapeutic properties. Flavonoids are phytonutrients that show antioxidant nature. All vegetables and fruits have flavonoids. In a test conducted on guinea pigs, both showed bronchoprotective action.
Stabilising action: Use of Himalayan fir has a positive action on the stem cells used for treatment. Study of the steroids and glycosides in rats extracted from the leaf had mast cell stabilizing action. This helped improve the healing effect and brought about the cure much faster.
Use the Abies pindrow in the right amounts. This will help you keep control over the therapy.
We see very fewer side effects, if any, with the use of Abies pindrow for treating various ailments. It improves the health of the person and augments the functioning of various organs.