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Tento muido, Crab's Eye,
Precatory Bean, Jequerity, Cain Ghe, Graines
Reglisse, Gunchi, Hint Meyankoku, Hung Tou, Jequerit, Liane Reglisse, Ma Liao Tou, Paratella, Paternoster, Peonia De St Tomas, Peonia, Pois Rouge, Reglisse, Rosary Pea, To-Azuki, Weesboontje, Rakat
Leaf, Seed, Root
| PLANT DESCRIPTION |
Abortifacient, Anodyne, Aphrodisiac, Antimicrobial, Diuretic,
Emetic, Expectorant, Febrifuge, Hemostat, Laxative, Purgative,
Refrigerant, Sedative, Vermifuge
(+)-abrine, Abraline, Abrasine, Abricin, Abrin, Abrisin,
Abrusgenic-acid, Abrusgenic-acid-methyl-ester, Abruslactone,
Abrussic-acid, Anthocyanins, Ash, Calcium, Campesterol, Choline,
Cycloartenol, Delphinidin, Gallic-acid,, Glycyrrhizin, Hypaphorine,
P-coumaroylgalloyl-glucodelphinidin, Pectin, Pentosans, Phosphorus,
Picatorine, Polygalacturonic-acids, Precasine, Precatorine, Protein
Abortifacient, Ache(Head), Anodynem, Antidote, Aphrodisiac, Bilious, Bite(Snake,) Bladder, Blennorrhagia, Boil, Cancer, Chest, CNS-Sedative, Cold, Colic, Collyrium, Conjunctivitis, Consumption, Contraceptive, Convulsion, Cough, Diarrhea, Diuretic, Dysuria, Emetic, Emollient, Enteritis, Epithelioma, Expectorant, Expectorant, Eye Fatal, Fatality, Febrifuge, Fever, Fracture(Veterinary), Freckle, Gastritis, Gingivitis, Gonorrhea, Gravel, Heart, Hemostat, Hoarseness, Homicide, Hookworms, Insomnia, Jaundice, Kidney, Laxative, Loin, Malaria, Masticatory, Myalgia, Night-Blindness, Ophthalmia, Ordeal, Pectoral, Poison, Puerperium, Purgative, Refrigerant, Rheumatism, Sedative, Skin, Sprue, Stomach, Styptic, Sweetener, Throat, Trachoma, Urogenital, Venereal, Vermifuge
The plant is a slender twiner with alternately placed compound leaves. Each leaf has about 20
pairs of narrow, oblong leaflets, looking like a delicate feather. The rose to purple flowers are
crowded at the end of a stalk. Fruits are short, inflated pods, splitting open when mature to
reveal the round, hard and shiny seeds which are scarlet but black at the base. The plant is native
to the tropics. It grows by the seashore among the undergrowth and in hedges. Seeds when
broken or chewed or when the external coat is removed are toxic. The highly attractive seeds are
sought after by children for beads. They are sometimes made into necklaces and rosaries. Seeds
are extremely poisonous if cracked; a single one, if swallowed can be fatal.
From Medicinal Plants Information of Orissa (India):
Local Names: Kaincha (Oriya), Kawa
Description of the Plant: Climber. Flowering in October.
Fruiting in November. Seeds of four different colours (black, grey,
white and red) are found in nature. Occurs in hilly region.
Plant Parts Used: Root / Leaf / Seed.
- Abdominal discomfort: Grind the root of Abrus precatorius
to make a paste of it. Administer 5 g of the paste as a single dose.
A single dose cures abdominal tumour also. (G-12) [OR-1-3-385]
- Abortion: Collect the root of Abrus precatorius on any
Saturday and grind it with water to a fine paste. Take 5 ml to 10 ml
of this paste orally as a single dose once only. (T-1) [OR-2-1-1222]
- Contraceptive: Peel off seed coats of two seeds of Abrus
precatorius. Insert the seeds in a ripe banana. After
menstruation, take bath and eat the banana as one dose in a day.
Follow this treatment for 3 days. (B-34) [OR-2-2-1324] (or) Peel
off seed coats of three seeds of Abrus precatorius. Take the
three seeds as a single dose on the third day of the menstruation.
This acts as a contraceptive for three years. (S-16) [OR-1-1-100]
- Cough: Grind the roots of Abrus precatorius. Take 5 g of
this paste with pure ghee (made from cow's milk) thrice a
day for four days. Precaution: Don't take any non-vegetarian food
during the course of this treatment. (F-1) [OR-3-3-169]
- Evil spirit: Grind the root of Abrus precatorius with 3
to 5 number. of black pepper and 5 g of dried ginger to make a
paste. Take this paste orally to get rid of evil spirits or black
magic. Also, tie a piece of root on the arm to get immediate result.
- Greying of hair: Grind the leaves and seeds of Abrus
precatorius. Extract juice from the paste. Apply the juice on
hair as oil once a day one hour before taking bath. Apply for 3-4
days. (B-5) [OR-4-2-314]
- Liquid purging due to griping: Grind the root of Abrus
precatorius and make a paste. Take 5 g of this paste with water
only once. Also smear a little of this paste on the body. (J-6)
- Spermatorrhoea: Bring fresh water and keep it for one day in a
pot. Grind half of one Abrus precatorius seed with a little
water from the pot. Administer this as one dose a day orally. Take
21 doses in 21 days. (D-E) [OR-2-1-1206]
- Worm infection: Grind the dry seeds of Abrus precatorius
to make powder. Take one teaspoonful of this powder once a day for
two days. (B-3) [OR-3-2-80]
- Wound: Grind the roots of Abrus precatorius with fresh
rhizome of Curcuma longa. Apply the paste on the
wound until it cures. (J-5) [OR-5-1-50]
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