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SAPINDUS LAURIFOLIUS

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Synonym ► S. trifoliatus auct. non Linn.

Family ► Sapindaceae.

Habitat ► South India; also cultivated around villages in Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal.

English ► Soapnut tree of South India.

Ayurvedic ► Arishtaka, Pheni- la, Raktabeeja, Reethaakaranja, Garbhapaatana.

Unani ► Reethaa.

Siddha/Tamil ► Puvamkottai, Mani pungu.

Action ► Fruit—astringent, emetic, detergent, anthelmintic. Pulp— aqueous solution used as nasal drops in migraine, epilepsy and hysteria. Root—used for gout, rheumatism and paralysis.

Saponin from pericarp of nuts yielded the genins, methylhedragenate, sap- indic acid and methyl oleanolate.

Dosage ► Fruit—3-6 g powder. (CCRAS.)

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Indian Medicinal Plants

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