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Family ► Celastraceae.

Habitat ► Throughout India, also planted as an ornamental.

Ayurvedic ► Krishnamokshaka.

Siddha/Tamil ► Selluppaimaram.

Folk ► Kaalaa-mokhaa, Ratangaruur. Jamrasi (gum).

Action ► Astringent, anti- inflammatory, emetic.

The bark and the leaves contain 813.5 and 8-15% tannin respectively.

Powdered leaves have a sternutatory action and are used as snuff to relieve headache and as a fumigatory in hysteria (in folk medicine it is believed that the smoke wards off ghosts.)

Fresh root bark is rubbed into a paste with water and applied to swellings. A cold water extract of the crushed roots is used as an emetic (fatal in overdoses).

Family ► Elaeocarpaceae.

Habitat ► Western Ghats from Kanara southwards. Ayurvedic ► Rudraaksha (var.).

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Indian Medicinal Plants

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