Banyan - Western medicine

Despite the significance of this plant in the culture of India very little is known about the chemical composition of the latex and the active compounds in the different parts of the plant. Scientists are now starting to investigate its potential.

Diabetes research

Researchers in India and Pakistan have been collaborating with scientists in other parts of the world to study the plant so that they can explore the science behind the traditional uses.

The main focus for research has been on the use of the banyan tree for the treatment of diabetes. So far, some compounds called leucocyanids have been isolated from the tree and these compounds could be associated with the anti-diabetic activity of the plant. However, more research needs to be completed to understand the medicinal properties of this symbolic tree.

Safety

The plant is not reported as being used medicinally in Europe and there are no documented cases in the literature of toxicity from its use in Britain.

This information is provided for general interest only. It is not intended as guidance for medicinal use. Further information on using herbal medicines is available.