Stem - Specimen details
|Catalogue Number: 62322
|51.01 SAPINDACEAE Cardiospermum halicacabum
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|StemUse: MEDICINES - Digestive System Disorders User: Man
|MEDICINES - Digestive System Disorders
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|Label source: Sanskrit writers mention this plant under the name of jyautishmati, and describe the root as emetic, laxative, stomachic and rubefacient; they prescribe it in rheumatism, nervous diseases, piles etc. The leaves are used in amenorrhoea. The, following prescription is given in the Bhavaprakasha 'take the leaves of C halicacabum, impure carbonate of potash (Sarjika), Acorus calamus root, root bark of Terminalia tomentosa of equal parts and reduce to a paste with milk. About a drachm of this c, ompound may be taken daily for three days in amenorrhoea.' Rheede says that on the Malabar coast the leaves are administered in pulmonic complaints. According to Ainslie the root is considered aperient, and is given twice daily. It would appear that in, rheumatism the Hindus administer the leaves internally, rubbed up with castor oil and also appy a paste made with them externally; a similar external application is used to reduce swellings and tumours of various kinds. Annusal, climbing; stem, petioles, , and leaves nearly glabrous; leaves biternate; leaflets stalked, oblong, much acuminated, coarsely cut and serrated; flowers small, white or pink; fruit a membranous bladdery capsule, three celled, three valved; seeds globose, black with a two lobed whit, e aril at the base; roots white and fibrous, with a rather disagreeable odour and an acrid nauseous and somewhat bitter taste. Dymock Pharm Journ.