Cassine glauca (Rottb.)
Family ► Celastraceae.
Habitat ► Throughout India, also planted as an ornamental.
Ayurvedic ► Krishnamokshaka.
Siddha/Tamil ► Selluppaimaram.
Folk ► Kaalaa-mokhaa, Ratangaruur. Jamrasi (gum).
Action ► Astringent, anti-inflammatory, emetic.
The bark and the leaves contain 813.5 and 8-15% tannin respectively.
Powdered leaves have a sternutatory action and are used as snuff to relieve headache and as a fumigatory in hysteria (in folk medicine it is believed that the smoke wards off ghosts.)
Fresh root bark is rubbed into a paste with water and applied to swellings. A cold water extract of the crushed roots is used as an emetic (fatal in overdoses).
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