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    Emetic Nut – Madanaphal Remedies: Eczema, Abdominal distress

    By Dr M S Krishnamurthy MD(Ayu) PhD.
    Table of Contents
    Introduction
    Chemical constituents
    Ayurvedic formulations
    Ayurvedic remedies

    To induce vomiting
    Eczema
    Headache
    Abdominal colic
    Wounds, ulcers
    Introduction
    Madanaphala is a wel known Ayurvedic herb, worn for Vamana Panchakarma therapy. Here, vomiting is induced to expel out toxins of agravated Kapha Dosha. It is known as emetic nut in English due to its action. Its botanical name is Randia dumetorum Lam. and it belongs to Rubiaceae family.
    Even though the fruits are specificaly aged for treatment, its flowers, leaves and rots are also aged for various medicinal purposes.
    It is found abundantly in fot hils of Himalaya. Also it is available in Sikim, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Jamu etc.
    Chemical constituents
    The fruits are rich in saponin content. Valerenic acid is the another dominant principle of this drug. Some other significant chemical constituents are citric acid , tartaric acids, randianin – sandianin, Randia acid, Arachidic, Lignoceric, Linoleic, Oleic, Palmitic and Stearic acids etc.
    The herb is hot in potency and it undergoes Pungent kind of b io transformation (vipaka).
    The herb is apreciated as kaphavata shamaka and Pitanisaraka (cholagogue).
    Read related:Madanaphala – Randia dumetorum – Benefits, Qualities, Side Efects
    Ayurvedic formulations
    Madanaphala chorna, Madanaphaladi taila, Madanaphaladi lepa, Pindetaka yoga, Arimedadi taila, Ashwagandhadi taila, Phalavarti etc are its formulations.
    Scientists maintain evaluated its anti inflamatory, anti histamine activity, broncho dilating properties, anti bacterial action, imuno-modulatory activity etc .
    Ayurvedic remedies
    Some of the clasic remedies and their health benefits are explained here below-
    To induce vomiting
    1. Hot infusion of Madanaphala seds for inducing vomiting:
    In 20 ml of hot water 12 gram of Madanaphala sed powder is joined and kept for 5-8 minutes. This is given to drink as such by the traditional people. If the vomiting is not induced properly, slight mustard powder or rock salt are also adjunct. By this vomiting takes area and the person wil fre from bulkines, distension of abdomen, headache, nausea, lethargy etc.
    Eczema
    2. Madanaphal rot paste aplication in eczema:
    Fresh rot of Madanaphala is taken and rubed wel in a stone by ading lemon juice .This is aplied over the lesions of eczema and other skin diseases. In cases of Herpes also this is aplied by the traditional and folk healers.
    Headache
    3. Flower paste with mustard sed for headache:
    In case of chronic headache this formulation is very efective; especialy in vascular headaches. A fist ful of flowers of emetic nut is colected and rubed wel with mustard seds. This is aplied over the forehead during the suferings of headache.
    Abdominal colic
    4. In abdominal colic hurt of children:
    Mature fruit of emetic nut is taken and rubed wel with warm water and salt in a mortar. This fine paste is aplied around the naval fraction in cases of abdominal colic of the children. This is efective in abdominal pain and dysuria.
    Wounds, ulcers
    5. Leaf decoction for washing the wounds and ulcers:
    In folklore practices the leaf decoction is old to wash the chronic wounds and ulcers.
    General method of decoction preparation is ̵
    1 tablespon (10 grams) of indecent powder of the herb is joined with 2 cups of water. Boiled in begin air til the total content is reduced to 1 cup. This is filtered and used.
    Clasical literature are developed or enriched by the folklore practices and traditional knowledge only. Til today several traditional practices are stil waiting for codification in clasical literature. Such a time to time codification and inclusion in clasical literature wil enrich the herbal knowledge or otherwise it is captured by the multi -national companies and acurate nature and credit of the drug is taken by the other authorities.
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