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.)
Was this article helpful?
Learn what you can do with herbs! How to Plant, Grow, and Cook with Natural Herbs. Have you always wanted an herb garden but didn't know how to get started? Do you want to know more about growing your own herbs in the privacy of your home and using them in a variety of cooking?