Family Solanaceae

Habitat ► Throughout warmer parts of India, up to an elevation of 1,500 m.

Ayurvedic ► Brihati, Brihatikaa, Mahati, Hinguli, Prasaha, Vartaki, Kaantaa, Kshudra-bhantaki, Simhi, Bana-bhantaa. Kateri (bigger var.)

Siddha/Tamil ► Mulli, Pappara-mulli, Karimulli.

Action ► Plant and root—stimulant, digestive, carminative, astringent, expectorant, diaphoretic, anthelmintic. Used for catarrhal affections, asthma, dry cough; dysuria; intestinal worms; colic, flatulence, vomiting. Berries—used in asthma and rheumatism.

Air-dried fruits and leaves contain solanine; 0.30 and 0.43% of total alkaloids respectively.

Dosage ► Fruit, root—3-6 g powder; 50-100 ml decoction. (CCRAS.)

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