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Jatropha gossypifolia - Bellyache bush

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Jatropha gossypiifolia is a much-branched, somewhat succulent, deciduous to evergreen shrub growing up to 3 metres tall.


Venereal disease, Heart problems, Diarrhoea, Stomach ache, Indigestion, Thrush, Sores, Bruising, Swellings, Inflammations, Headaches.[1]

Parts Used

Leaf, Root, Seed[2].

Chemical Composition

Jatropha gossypifolia contains the following constitunts Fatty acids, Sugars, Alkaloids, Amino acids, Coumarins, Steroids, Flavonoids, Lignans, Proteins, Saponins, Tannins, and Terpenoids[3]

Common names

Language Common name
Kannada Chikka kada haralu
Hindi Ratanjoti, Danti
Malayalam Chuvanna Kadalavanakku
Tamil Siria Amanakku
Telugu Nepalamu
Marathi NA
Punjabi NA
Kashmiri NA
Sanskrit Guchchaphala, Bhadradanti
English Bellyache bush



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









Evergreen shrub



Kind Shape Feature
Ovate Shortly acute Entire margins with a close row of shortly stipitate



Type Size Color and composition Stamen More information
Capsule 0.85cm long Reddish Reticulate-rugose. Flowering through out the year


Type Size Mass Appearance Seeds More information
Pods Smooth and Oval Contains 3-4 seeds Fruiting through out the year

Other features

List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used

Where to get the saplings

Mode of Propagation

Seeds, Rhizome cuttings, Stem cuttings.

How to plant/cultivate

A plant of the lowland tropics, often found in coastal areas. It is found in areas of Africa where the mean annual rainfall is between 400 - 1,200mm and there is a distinct dry season.[5]

Commonly seen growing in areas

Savannah woodland, Riparian areas, Monsoon vine forests, Coastal foreshores.

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  1. Indian Medicinal Plants by C.P.Khare
  2. 2.0 2.1 ”Karnataka Medicinal Plants Volume-3” by Dr.M. R. Gurudeva, Page No.423, Published by Divyachandra Prakashana, #6/7, Kaalika Soudha, Balepete cross, Bengaluru
  3. Journal Paper from National Library of Medicine - Jatropha gossypiifolia L. (Euphorbiaceae): A Review of Traditional Uses, Phytochemistry, Pharmacology, and Toxicology of This Medicinal Plant
  4. Kappatagudda - A Repertoire of Medicianal Plants of Gadag by Yashpal Kshirasagar and Sonal Vrishni, Page No. 244
  5. [Cultivation]

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