Siddha Tamil Paruppukeerai

Folk ► Bathuaa, Chilli, Chilli-shaak.

Action ► Laxative, anthelmintic against round-and hookworms, blood-purifier, antiscorbutic. An infusion is used for hepatic disorders, spleen enlargement, biliousness, intestinal ulcers. Used for treating burns.

The leaves yield ascaridole, used for treating round-and hookworms. The oil also contain traces of ascaridole. Plant contains 8% saponins. Cryp-tomeridiol, isolated from the seeds, showed significant growth promoting activity.

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