Pongam or Indian Beech
Botanical name - Pongamia pinnata
Family - Papilionacea
An evergreen tree growing up to 18m. Poultice of Pongamia seeds and oil is used to cure leprosy and skin diseases. For curing old wounds the root extract is applied. A paste of leaves is applied for parasitic skin diseases, sores, ulcers and rheumatic joints. Paste of seeds applied to leprous sores and skin diseases. Seed oil used in the treatment of scabies, itch, herpes, eczema, ulcers and skin diseases. Oil with equal amount of lemon juice is applied in scurfy diseases of skin and scalp, psoriasis, scaly skin and chronic skin eruptions.