Botanical Name: Ficus religiosa
Bodhi, Ashvattha (Sanskrit), Peepal (Hindi), Piplo(Gujarati), Al or Aryal (Malayalam) and Banyan tree or sacred fig (English). Some other popular names are Bo tree, Bodhi tree, sacred tree, Beepul tree, Pipers, Pimpal, Jari, Arani, Ragi, Bodhidruma, Shuchidruma, Pipalla, and the Buddha tree.
Peepal or Banyan tree is a large deciduous plant found all over India. It is predominantly found in Haryana, Bihar, Kerala and Madhya Pradesh. It is also predominant in Ranthambore National Park in India. Almost all parts of plant are used for medicinal purposes.
Peepal contains tannin that makes it medicinally very important. It has analgesic, anti- inflammatory, anti-lipid peroxidation properties and is useful for the treatment of several diseases.
Apart from all these medicinal uses, banyan tree is considered a sacred tree in India and is worshipped. It is believed that peepal tree emits the pranic energy, which is helpful in achieving the enlightenment in the life.