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Family: Euphorbiaceae
Genus: Baliospermum
Botanical name: Baliospermum montanum (Wild.) Muell-Arg
PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
Sanskrit: Dandi, Hastidanti, Dantika, Dirgha, Erandhapatrika
English: Red physic nut, Wild castor, Wild croton, Wild sultan seed
Hindi: Dandi
Malayalam: Nagadandi, Dandi
MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Baliospermum montanum is a stout under-shrub 0.9-1.8m in height with herbaceous branches from the roots. Leaves are simple, sinuate-toothed, upper ones small, lower ones large and sometimes palmately 3-5 lobed. Flowers are numerous, arranged in axillary racemes with male flowers above and a few females below. Fruits are capsules, 8- 13mm long and obovoid. Seeds are ellipsoid smooth and mottled.
Roots, seeds, leaves and seed oil are used to treat jaundice, constipation, piles, anemia, conjuctivitis. The roots are purgative, anthelmintic, carminative, rubefacient and anodyne. Used in abdominal pain, constipation, calculus, general anasarca, piles, helminthic infestation, scabies and skin disorders. Root paste is applied to painful swellings and piles. The leaves relieve asthma and seeds are used to cure snakebites.
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