Roxb.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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