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1. Names:

Sanskrit: Kanana randa  
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English: Physic nut, Jatropha  
Botanical: Jatropha curcus, Curcas purgans  
Hindi: Ratanjyot Jangli erandi, Ratanjot  
Telugu: Pepalam  
Common names: Jepal, Kattamanakku, Kadaharalu, purging nut
Family name: Euphorbiaceae  

2. Parts used:

  • Leaf
  • Root
  • Fruit
  • Flower

3. Properties and Action According to Indigenous Medical Systems:

  • Rasa: Spicy.
  • Vipaka: Spicy.
  • Veerya: Ushna veerya.

4. Uses:

  • Jatropa is used as medicine for diseases like paralysis and dropsy.
  • It also used as remedy for snake bites.
  • Some researches revealed that this herb has capability to heal the cancer.
  • The purified seeds of Jatropha are used in medicines to clear the constipation problem.

5. Names due to Physical properties:

  • Snigdha beeja: Seeds with oil.

6. Names due to Medical properties:

  • Grahani: Causes motions.

7. Reference:

Vasthu guna deepika, Vasthu guna prakashika, Chakradatta, Susrutam, Basabarajeezam, Bhavaprakashika, Vangacena, Charakasamhita, Vagvatamu, Hareetasamhita, Srijanakalpavalli.

8. Caution:

The seeds may cause motions, if they are not purified.

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