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Herb Information
Name: Kamala
Biological Name: Mallotus philippinensis, Croton philippinesis, Glandulae rottlerae, Croton punctatus, Croton coccineum

Euphorbiaceae

Other Names: Kamala, Rechanaka, Raktang

Kapila, Korangumanjanati, Kunrangumanjal, Kuramedakku, Sindooramaram

Description:

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.

Parts Used: Glands and hairs from the capsules or fruits
Medicinal Applications

Action: 

anthelmintic, aphrodisiac, cathartic,  lithotriptic

Uses:

aperient
purgative
tapeworms

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.

Dosage:

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

Safety:

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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