Family ► Cucurbitaceae.
Habitat ► Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Peninsular India.
Ayurvedic ► Shukanaasaa, Nahikaa, Katunaahi, Paataala-garudaa.
(Cocculus hirsutus is used as Paataala-garudi).
Siddha/Tamil ► Kollankovai, Aaakaasagarudam.
Action ► Laxative. Root used during later stages of dysentery and chronic mucous enteritis; also in syphilitic rheumatism. The herb shows no apparent effect on acute dysentery.
The root contains a bitter principle allied to bryonin.
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