Folk Ban Kulathi

Action ► Seed—bitter, blood-purifier, astringent, stimulant, diuretic. Used topically for leucoderma, ringworm, venereal ulcers and other skin diseases. Roots—purgative.

Seeds gave sitosterol-beta-D-gluco-side and alkaloids—chaksine and iso-chaksine. Chaksine is found to be antibacterial against Micrococcus pyo-genes var. aureus and Streptococcus haemolyticus. It stimulates contraction of different tissues of plain muscles, like uterus, intestine, bladder, and muscles in blood vessels. It depresses the parasympathetic nerve-endings of certain organs like intestine

Family ► Caesalpiniaceae.

Habitat ► Native to the West Indies. Found wild almost throughout India.

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