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Mussaenda roxburghii Hooker, f.

Group: Dicot
Family: Rubiaceae - Madder family
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit: Shrub

Tribal Name: Ranirtak (Chakma), Patto mormoijja (Chakma), Sheodima (Chakma), Ranertago gaas (Tripura), Sichamba (Marma), Ranirtak (Tanchangya), Chauri-chonri (Marma), Chung-faing-la (Marma), Gach ranitak (Chakma).

Description of the Plant:

A large erect shrub, stem light brown. Leaves elliptic or elliptic-lanceolate, entire, acuminateor caudate.Flowers orange, occasionally yellow, in dense corymbose cymes. Berry oblong to ellipsoid.

Mode of Uses:

The crushed leaves of Brassiopsis palmata and Mussaenda roxburghii are rubbed with clarified butter oil on to affected areas for the treatment of rheumatism; a paste prepared from the leaves of Desmodium motorium, Mussaenda roxburghii and Scindapsus officinalis is applied to affected areas for rheumatism. Pills prepared from crushed roots are taken to treat sickly infants and crushed leaves are applied to boils (Chakma).

A paste of the leaves is applied to boils; a leaf extract is taken for the treatment of high fever (Tanchangya).

A paste of the leaves is applied to septic boils (Marma).

A paste of the leaves is applied to affected areas for the treatment of enlargement due to trauma (Tripura).

Leaf juice is used to eject pus from boils. Chakma prescribe leaf juice along with cow milk in jaundice. Root paste is used in headache.

Distribution:

Hill forests of Chittagong and Chittagong Hill Tracts and Sylhet.

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