Health benefits of Burans: Rhododendron arboreum

Himalaya is abode to various plants with medicinal use. Rhododendron arboreum tree from the valley of Himalayas known for its bright scarlet red bell shaped flowers filled with sweet nectar, is one such tree with medicinal uses. Flowers and leaves of this tree have been long for medicinal purposes. Commonly known as Burans, juice made from its flowers is very popular beverage in the region. The tree is found in Himalayan hills ranging in India, Bhutan and Nepal. It has also flourished in Nilgiri hills of South India. It is also found in mountains of Sri Lanka, Thailand and Myanmar. A national flower of Nepal, Rhododendron arboreum is also the state tree of hilly states of Uttarakhand & Himachal Pradesh in India.Rhododendron arboreum is generally a small tree but can grow high upto 20 meters. A 20 meter Rhododendron arboreum tree has been spotted on Mt. Japfu in Nagaland, India.

Burans juice

Buransh juice served at hotel in Uttarakhand

Health benefits of burans :
Burans leaves and flowers have been put to various medicinal purposes traditionally. Latest research has evaluated anti-diabetic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, heart and liver protective property of burans flower. These and other health benefits of burans flower is listed below.

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  • Burans as anti-inflammatory
  • Burans with pain killing ability
  • Burans as an antioxidant
  • Burans good for diabetes
  • Burans to treat diarrhea
  • Antimicrobial property of Rhododendron arboreum
  • Burans flower juice good for heart
  • Burans flower over allergies
  • Burans flower juice to protect liver
  • Burans and prevention of cancer
  • Skin benefits of Burans flower

Other benefits of Burans flower :
Burans flower juice helps in increasing endurance and can be used as sports drink to enhance performance. Traditionally burans flower has been used in Ayurvedic medicines used in treating menstrual disorders.Handmade Burans chutney with mint and himalayan salt.
Other benefits of Burans flower

Side effects of Burans :

Consumption of this phytochemical rich flower or its juice should be avoided in large quantities. It may interfere with action of some medications for heart and diabetes.
Refreshing burans flower juice is worth trying while our visit to Himalayas. Though its availability is very local in nature, today Burans flower juice is available online. Just order one and enjoy a distinct taste and wide range of health benefits.

By:-Kaushal Upadhyay
Department of Horticulture
Uttaranchal (P.G.) College Of Bio-Medical Sciences & Hospital