Kazharchikkai is a coarse climbing vine (5-15m long) to a prickly shrub. They can be found in hotter places in India, Sri Lanka and Burma. These trees grow on waste grounds and on coastal areas.
The plant is armed with hooked prickles. Flowers in a cluster (up to 50 cm long) yellow with reddish streaks. Flowers are of one sex only. The fruit pods (6-9 cm long) armed with numerous rigid spines. The fruit splits open when ripe to reveal 1-2 seeds which are oval, smooth and grey.
Seed coat is hard, glossy and greenish to ash grey in color and is traversed by circular and vertical faint markings of the cracks, forming uniform rectangular to squarish rectulations all over the surface. Seed is exalbuminous.
Kazharchikkai Medicinal Uses
- Kazharchikkai has febrifuge, antiperiodic, anthelmintic and tonic properties. Pods are roasted and the powder is used as a substitute for quinine. The root bark has been used for relieving intestinal worms, fever, tumors, cough, amenorrhea, and to remove placenta after childbirth.
- The leaves and the juice or paste is used for relieving smallpox, elephantiasis, liver diseases and for eliminating bad odour in perspiration. It is also used for reducing toothache.
- The flower tastes bitter and induces warming effect on the body. It improves the balance of vata and kapha and the ash is useful in ascites.
- The seeds have astringent properties and are being used to relieve inflammation, contagious diseases, skin diseases hydrocele, colic and leprosy.
- The seed sprouts are useful in relieving tumors. The fruit of the plant produces heat in the body, shows astringent action on bowels and is known as an aphrodisiac.
- The fruit is also used for eliminating piles, wounds, leucorrhoea and urinary disorders.
- Boiled leaves can be used for gargling to relieve sore throat.
- The leaves and seeds after roasting in castor oil can be applied to reduce piles, inflammatory swellings, orchitis and hydrocele.
Note – Please note before using any of upper listed remedies first consult to an Ayurvedic physician, so that no risk will be evolved. It is all for your safety!
Precautions & Side Effects
- Do not use more than prescribed dose. Taking more medication will not improve your symptoms; rather they may cause poisoning or serious side-effects.
- Caesalpinia bonduc should be used with caution for using this herb in large doses may prove to be toxic.
|Dimensions||5 × 5 × 5 cm|