Bombax malabaricum, samali or silk cotton tree
Silk cotton tree properties
Bombax malabaricum, commonly known as Silk cotton tree, is a tree used in Ayurvedic traditional medicine to treat many ailments and health conditions and part of many ayurvedic traditional medicinal remedies.
Some of the properties of Bombax malabaricum documented in medical libraries and clinical trials include its anti-helicobacter, anthelmitic, vermifuge, vermicide, antimicrobial and antioxidant activities and properties. Let's see how some of those ones are being exerted by this herb.
Common name: Silk cotton tree, Salmali, Bombax ceiba, Simul tree .
BOMBAX MALABARICUM ACTIVE CONSTITUENTS
Bombax malabaricum is rich in many phytochemicals, among the active constituents found in this herb we can mention:
Steroids, tannins, flavonoids, triterpenoids, saponins, cholesterol, stigmasterol, campesterol, a-amyrin, hydrocarbons, seven flavones: vicenin 2 (1), linarin (2), saponarin (3), cosmetin (4), isovitexin (5), xanthomicrol (6) and apigenin (7), cadinane sesquiterpenoids,bombamalones, bombamaloside, isohemigossypol-1-methyl ester, acid lactone, bombaxquinone, lacinilene C , sesquiterpene lactone, naphthoquinone , naphthoquinone , mangiferin, a xanthone and anthocyanins .
MALVA SYLVESTRIS PROPERTIES
ANTI-HELICOBACTER PYLORI ACTIVITY OF BOMBAX MALABARICUM
Bombax malabaricum was among the Taiwanese folk medicinal plants subject of study that demonstrated a strong anti-helicobacter pylori activity. The other herbs were Paederia scandens, Plumbago zeylanica, Anisomeles indica and Alpinia speciosa .
BOBAX MALABARICUM FOR THE TREATMENT OF SLEEPING SICKNESS
Some studies suggested the potential use of Bombax malabaricum for the prevention, reversal or delay of age-related diseases  due to the antioxidant properties exerted by this herb.
ANTHELMITIC, VERMIFUGE AND VERMICIDES PROPERTIES OF BOMBAX MALABARICUM
In some cases Bombax malabaricus leaves exerted Anthelmintic effects, a property that some plants and medicines have to help the body expel helminths or parasitic worms. Bombax malabaricum has been also used as anthelmintic in Southern Punjab of Pakistan . Also to expel live parasites as Paramphistomum explanatum collected from buffalos, where Bombax malabaricum was able to expel all trematodes in less than 45 min .
BOBAX MALABARICUM FOR INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASE
As part of polyherbal preparations against inflammatory bowel disease, Bombax malabaricum extracts showed postive effect on the clinical experiments performed in rats .
ANTIMICROBIAL PROPERTIES OF BOMBAX MALABARICUM
The antimicrobial properties have also been exhibited in some clinical trials and studies .
ANTIOXIDANT PROPERTIES OF BOMBAX MALABARICUM
Bombax malabaricum DC. (Bombacaceae) has also been used as a traditional Chinese herbal medicine for the treatment of inflammatory conditions, diarrhea, fever, chronic inflammation, catarrhal affection, and as a diuretic . The antioxidant activities of extracts from Bombax malabaricum from its flowers exerted a powerful radical-scavenging activity and oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC). All Mombax malabaricum extracts exerted powerful antioxidant capacity and might be a potential source of natural antioxidants .