Name: Mallotus philippinensis, Croton philippinesis, Glandulae rottlerae, Croton punctatus, Croton coccineum
Names: Kamala, Rechanaka, Raktang
Kunrangumanjal, Kuramedakku, Sindooramaram
This small evergreen shrub of the Spurge family is found all over India,
Australia, and many other parts of the world. The medicinal properties of
this plant was mentioned in Kurmapurana, an ancient Indian text.
Used: Glands and hairs from the capsules or fruits
The main use of this herb
is as powder obtained by crushing of the fruits or capsules. The powder is
used in eye-diseases. It is also a folk remedy for tape-worm. Taken
internally, Kamala reportedly removes leprous eruptions.
The powder from the plant
is used to produce orange-brown die for coloring silk.
Ripe fruits are placed in a cloth and beaten until the glandular pubescence is removed; or fruits are rubbed between one's palms or feet
This herb may cause nausea or gripping before purging.
No other information about the safety of this herb is available.
Use caution. Ayurvedic herbs are often taken in combination with others to neutralize the toxicity one herb with the opposing effect of other. Do not take except under the supervision of a qualified professional.
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