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Cardiospermum halicacabum - Karṇasphoṭā

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Karṇasphoṭā

Karṇasphoṭā consists of the root of Cardiospermum halicacabum Linn. (Fam. Sapindaceae), commonly found as a weed throughout India, ascending upto 1200 m. in the North Western Himalayas.

Uses

Rheumatism, Nervous diseases, Stiffness of the limbs, Snakebite, Itchy skin, Swellings, Earache.

Parts Used

Leaves.

Chemical Composition

The leaves contain beta-sitosterol and its D-glucoside, an alkaloid, oxalic acid and amino acids. The presence of a saponin and quebrachitol is reported in the plant.[1]

Common names

Language Common name
Kannada Kanakayya
Hindi Kaanphuti, Lataaphataki
Malayalam Ulinna
Tamil Modikkottan, Mudakkarutana(Siddha), Mudukkottan
Telugu Vekkudutiga
Marathi NA
Gujarathi NA
Punjabi NA
Kashmiri NA
Sanskrit
English Ballon Vine, Heart's Pea


Properties

Reference: Dravya - Substance, Rasa - Taste, Guna - Qualities, Veerya - Potency, Vipaka - Post-digesion effect, Karma - Pharmacological activity, Prabhava - Therepeutics.

Dravya

Rasa

Tikta, Kaṭu

Guna

Rūkṣa, Tīkṣṇa, Lagu

Veerya

Śīta

Vipaka

Kaṭu

Karma

Vātahara, Kaphamaka, Rasāyana, Keṣya, Medhya, Vāmaka, Mūtrala, Virecaka, Viḍaghna

Prabhava

Habit

Tree

Identification

Leaf

Kind Shape Feature
Biternate Oblong Leaf are essentially 3-foliolate with each part divided again into 3 leaflets

[2]

Flower

Type Size Color and composition Stamen More information
Unisexual 2-4cm long white with a yellowish centre Flowering throughout the year and In terminal and/or axillary pseudoracemes

Fruit

Type Size Mass Appearance Seeds More information
Inflated capsule 2 cm long seeds upto 5 Fruiting throughout the year

Other features

List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used

[3]

Where to get the saplings

Mode of Propagation

Seeds

How to plant/cultivate

Can be grown from seeds, in regular potting soil. [4]

Commonly seen growing in areas

Moist deciduous forests, Scrub jungles, Forest margins, Shrublands, Grasslands, Cultivated areas, Wastelands, Tropical area, Subtropical area.

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