Family ► Samydaceae; Flacourtiaceae.
Habitat ► The Himalayas from Kashmir to Nepal, ascending to 1,000 m; throughout tropical India.
Ayurvedic ► Chilhaka.
Siddha/Tamil ► Kadichai.
Folk ► Chillaa, Saptrangi.
Action ► Root—hypoglycaemic. Root bark is used as a tonic in anaemic conditions.
Fruit pulp—diuretic, purgative, Leaves—anti-inflammatory. Fruit pulp —diuretic.
Ethanolic (80%) extract of the leaves showed significant anti-inflammatory activity in rats. Oil extracted from the seeds in rubbed on sprains. Various plant parts are used in neuralgia.
and bladder. Chaksine has ganglion-blocking property. Chaksine and iso-chaksine possess a local anaesthetic effect intradermally. It produces a sustained fall in blood pressure of anaesthetized animals and produces a weak anti-acetylcholine effect. Roots also contains anthraquinones and aloe-emodin.
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