English Soapnut tree of South India

Sapium sebiferum Roxb.

Ayurvedic ► Arishtaka, Pheni-la, Raktabeeja, Reethaakaranja, Garbhapaatana.

Siddha/Tamil ► Puvamkottai, Mani pungu.

Action ► Fruit—astringent, emetic, detergent, anthelmintic. Pulp— aqueous solution used as nasal drops in migraine, epilepsy and hysteria. Root—used for gout, rheumatism and paralysis.

Saponin from pericarp of nuts yielded the genins, methylhedragenate, sap-indic acid and methyl oleanolate.

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