DC.Family ► Rutaceae.Habitat ► Dry, deciduous forests, throughout Peninsular India.English ► Indian Satinwood tree.Ayurvedic ► Provisionally equated with Bhillotaka.Siddha/Tamil ► Karumboraju, Kudavuboraju, Poraju.Folk ► Bhirraa, Bharahula, Raktaro- hidi.Action ► Leaves—anti-inflammatory, antiseptic. A paste is applied to wounds; also in rheumatism. Bark—astringent. A decoction is used in contusions and for painful joints. (The wood, its dust, moist dust of freshly cut wood, cause skin irritation and dermatitis.)The bark contains the alkaloids— skimmianine, swietenidins A and B, chloroxylin and chloroxylonine. Chloroxylonine is a powerful irritant. The bark also contains the coumarins and lignans.The leaves yield an essential oil which shows antibacterial and anti- fungal activity.
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