Careya arborea Roxb

Family ► Barringtoniaceae.

Habitat ► Sub-Himalayan tract, from Jammu eastwards to West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.

English ► Kumbi, Slow-Match tree.

Ayurvedic ► Katabhi, Kumbhi-ka, Kumbhi, Kumbi, Kaitrya, Kumudikaa.

Action ► Bark—demulcent (in coughs and colds), antipyretic and antipruritic (in eruptive fevers), anthelmintic, antidiarrhoeal. An infusion of flowers is given after child birth.

Seeds contain triterpenoid sapo-genols, sterols; leaves contain a tri-terpene ester, beta-amyrin, hexaco-sanol, taraxerol, beta-sitosterol, quer-cetin and taraxeryl acetate.

Careya herbacea Roxb., a related species, is known as Kumbhaadu-lataa in Bengal.

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