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Family ► Loganiaceae; Strychnaceae.

Habitat ► Native to the Philippines. Seeds are imported into India.

English ► Ignatus Beans.

Unani ► Papitaa Vilaayati. (Papitaa Desi is equated with Carica papaya Linn.)

Siddha/Tamil ► Kayappankottai.

Action ► Properties similar to those of Nux vomica. Used as a stimulant and nervine tonic, also for asthma and rheumatism.

The seeds contain indole alkaloids; brucine and its N-oxide, alpha-and beta-colubrine, diaboline, icajine, no- vacine, strychnine and its N-oxide, and 12-hydroxyderivatives, vomicine, and others. Share of strychnine is 45-60%, in indole alkaloids (2.5-5.6%).

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