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Ichnocarpus frutescens (L.) R. Br.

Mode of Uses: Dicot
Family: Apocynaceae
Duration: Annual
Growth Habit: Climber Classification Report

Bangla/Vernacular Name: Dudhi, Syamalota, Dudhialta, Loi, Kalilata, Paralialata

Tribal Name: Borduttya (Chakma), Dutta ludi (Chakma), Ludi sarboa (Tanchangya), Tabu chi (Marma), Dudhnoi (Chakma), Bhutta ludi (Tanchangya)

English Name: Black Creeper

Description of the Plant:

A much branched climbing shrub. Leaves simple, elliptic-lanceate, acuminate. Flowers greenish-white, in dichasial cymes. Folicles divaricate.

Chemical Constituents:

Leaves contain flavonoids and phenolic acids and stems contain a new triterpene glycosides (Asolkar et al., 1992)

Ichnocarpus frutescens (L.) R. Br.

Ichnocarpus frutescens (L.) R. Br.

Mode of Uses:

The roots are employed as a substitute for Sarsaparilla; it is cooling, demulcent, alterative, tonic, diaphoretic and diuretic; used in fever, dyspepsia, skin troubles, diabetes and stone in the bladder. A decoction of the stems and leaves is used in fevers. Leaves are applied to headaches, wounds and sore between fingers. Marma use root in dental caries and stems and leaves for scabies.

  • A paste of the leaves, and a paste prepared from the whole plant, is applied to affected areas for the treatment of fractures (Chakma).
  • A leaf extract is taken, and paste of the leaves applied to the body, for the treatment of hysteria (Tanchangya).

Distribution:

Throughout the country in scrubs.


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