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Family Name: Myrsinaceae
Botanical Name: Embelia Ribes Burm
PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
Sanskrit: Bidanga, Vidanga, Vilanga, Vella, Krimighna, Krimiripu
Hindi: Babrang, Bhingi
English: Wawrung
Malayalam: Vizhal, Vizhalari, vezhal
MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Wawrung is a large semi climber shrub with long drooping branches. Leaves simple, alternate, elliptic or lanceolate, acuminate, entire, upper surface shiny. The flowers are greenish white seen in terminal or axillary lax panicled raceme. A short pedicel is often present. The fruits are globular and wrinkled, grayish berries, become dark brown when ripe. The pericarp is brittle enclosing a single seed covered with a membrane. It can be found in India, Indian Archipelago, Tropical Asia, Southern China, and East Africa.
The dried fruit is considered anthelmintic, astringent, carminative, alterative and stimulant. It has been used in India since ancient times as an anthelmintic. It is effective in the treatment of ascariasis. The dried fruits are used in decoctions for fevers and for diseases of the chest and skin. The fruit also shows anti-bacterial activity. Wawrung is one of the main components of the medicated pill that is used for the treatment of Snake bites.
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