ACACIA CATECHU also Known as Cutch Tree, Catechu, Black Cutch
Tephrosia Purpurea


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Tephrosia Purpurea
Root, Leaves, Bark
Throughout india
Wholeplant, Leaves
Fish Poison, Wild Indigo


The whole plant and its roots are used for medicinal purposes. The herb is useful both, internally as well as externally. Anti-dermatoses, antibiotic, anti-inflammatory properties of Sarapunkha are benevolent in cleansing and healing of the wounds and ulcers. In edema, skin disorders, glandular swellings like cervical adenitis and filariasis, the paste of its root is applied on the affected parts. On traumatic wounds, the affected parts. On traumatic wounds, the juice of its leaves works well. The root powder is salutary for brushing the teeth. It quickly relieves the dental pains and arrests bleeding. The seed-oil is applied externally in various skin diseases like scabies, eczema etc. In glandular swelling, the root mashed with rice water is used in the form of nasal drops along with its internal use. Internally, Sarapunkha is useful in vast range of diseases. It imparts a stimulant action on the liver, is an appetizer and digestant as well as cholegouge, hence, is rewarding in digestive disorders like anorexia, flatulence, abdominal pain, tumors, hemorrhoids, worms, liver and spleen disorders. In such conditions, the roots or ksara of sarapunkha is salubrious. In piles, the roots work well, when given with buttermilk. The smoking of sarapunkha powder is recommended in cough and asthma, as it possesses mucolytic activity. The powder of whole plant is given with sugar and water in jaundice. Sarapunkha is one of the most common ingredients, in liver preparation, available in the market. In fevers due to vitiation of kapha and pitta doshas, it is valuable. The pulp of its roots given with buttermilk reduces the enlarged liver and spleen very effectively. The decoction of its roots is given with marica powder, as an adjunct in diabetes. The roots are of great help in dysmenorrheal. Sarapunkha renders a diuretic action alongwith its anti-microbial activity, hence, is beneficial in Dysurea and urinary infections. Ascites due to splenic pathogenesis responds well, when the root powder is given with buttermilk.

Tephrosia Purpurea Leaves, Wild Indigo Plant