According to Charak Samhita, Chandana (Santalum album Linn.) is a coolant that has many beneficial properties.
- Sandalwood (Chandana) is best in reliving bad odour, burning sensation and best to apply as a paste.
- Rakta Prasadana – Detoxifies blood, useful in bleeding disorders
- Vrushya – acts as aphrodisiac
- Dahahara, Antardaha hara – relieves internal burning sensation, seen in Pitta imbalance conditions such as gastritis, sore throat, laryngitis, sun stroke etc.
- Pittasrahara – useful in bleeding disorders such as nasal bleeding, menorrhagia etc.
- Vishahara – anti toxic
- Trushnahara – relieves thirst
- Krumighna – Relieves worm infestation, useful in infected wounds
- Shishira – coolant
- Ahladana – brings about pleasant effect, nourishes sense organs
- Klamahara, Shramahara – Relieves tiredness, fatigue
- Shoshahara – relieves emaciation, dehydration
- Varnya – Improves skin tone and complexion
- It acts as diuretic, used in treating bladder inflammation
- It is used in eye disorders involving excessive secretion, redness and burning
- It is useful in menorrhagia and excessive white discharge
- It is useful to control anger (by balancing Pitta). Hence useful in psychiatric disorders such as Mania, Schizophrenia etc. Hence used as ingredient in Manasamitra Vatakam
- Chandana is used in acute dermatitis, gonorrhoea, palpitations
- A paste made of it, applied externally relieves burning sensation, in herpes its paste helps to relieve pain and burning, improves skin complexion, cleanses wounds, and stops secretions
- Its paste is applied over forehead to relieve migraine, headache
- Its powder rubbed into hands, helps to relieve sweaty palms. It helps to check excessive sweating and bad odour
Because it is a coolant, people with asthma need a little care while taking it.