The Figs tree is an evergreen, medium-sized scenic tree in the dry zone of Sri Lanka, as well as in the wet zone forests, where the streams are located, and along the streams, rivers, and banks. The figs tree, as we have seen, has already become a tree that protects the water we live in, protects the springs, and benefits the environment.
Because of this phenomenon, the Bodhi Tree, which has been a shade of Konagama Buddha, since the Buddhists’ acceptance, has been called a fig tree since then. The tree, which is loved by the devotees of the Hindus, is regarded as the “abode of the Ganadevi “and is still enjoyed by the devotees of the Hindus. The fruit of the fig tree, which is the spiritual thought, increases with the coming of the fruit.
Every year, by November, the fruit grows. The fig tree stems, twigs, and green young shoots that appear all over the place are fascinating. It is a fruiting plant with no flowers. Because of this, the flower will appear in the form of a fruit, and as the fruit ripens and turns red, the attractiveness of the fig tree increases. The ripe fruit, which is also infested with whisperers, is said to be medicinal.
Therefore, the Hela saviours, who understand the medicinal properties of the fig tree, have to use the leaves, bark, nuts, roots, milk and disease conditions of the tree for the benefit of the patients.
There are three varieties of fig trees. That is,
The tree is known in Sinhala Fig, Atticca, and Dimbul and in English as Cluster fig, Country Flag. Chemical terms include tannin, silica, phosphorus, acid, glue, and alkali.
According to Ayurveda, figs which are both decaying and sweet, are a very valuable herbal remedy.