What is Aak? Full information, usage, benefits and side effects

What is Aak? Full information, usage, benefits and side effects

Aak (Calotropis spp.) - 

The plant Calotropis procera (a plant of the family Asclepiadaceae family native to North Africa, Pakistan, tropical Africa, West Asia, South Asia and Indochina. commonly known as Aak, The green fruit contains a very bitter, toxic, milky sap that transforms into a sticky, soap-resistant coating.

it is used in many Ayurvedic formulas such as Arkelevana. The medicinal properties of Calotropis procera have long been known in the traditional medical system due to the widespread use of its leaves. The use of plants, plant extracts, and pure compounds isolated from natural sources has always been the cornerstone of modern pharmaceutical compounds.


  • Calotropis procera is a well-known herb traditionally used for diarrhea, stomas, sinus fistulas and skin ailments.
  • The leaf parts are used to treat jaundice. There are many descriptions of the geographical distribution, habitat, and morphological features of plants. However, the leaves of this plant have not been studied and may contain useful ethnic medicines. Therefore, the current work was undertaken to investigate the pharmacological aspects of Calotropis procera leaves.

Side effects:

By mouth - Calotropis may not be safe, especially at high doses. Contains chemicals that can affect heart function. It can cause serious side effects such as vomiting, diarrhea, slow heart rate, seizures, and death.

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