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1. Names:

Sanskrit: Nidigdhika  
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English: Yellow-berried nightshade  
Botanical: Solanum surattense  
Hindi: Kanteli  
Telugu: Vakudu  
Common names: Kantankattiri, Dorla, Nelabadane, Kantakari, Kante, Dhaturi, Nelagulle, Bhonyaringani, Bheji-baigana  
Family name: Solanaceae  

2. Parts used:

  • Roots
  • Leaf

3. Properties and Action According to Indigenous Medical Systems:

  • Rasa: Spicy and bitter.
  • Veerya: Ushna veerya.

4. Uses:

  • It is stimulating, expectorant and mild laxative and diuretic.
  • It is a good remedy for phlegm disorders.
  • Good and well known remedy for fevers due to the Kapha dosahas.
  • It cures Influenza, sannipatas [fevers which are difficult to cure].
  • One of the Dasamulas.
  • Good herb for asthma and bronchitis.

5. Names due to Physical properties:

  • Kshudara kanta: The plant with small leaves.
  • Bahukanta: The plant with several leaves.
  • Kantakari: the whole body of the plant with spines.

6. Names due to Medical properties:

  • Kasahari: Decreases cough.
  • Krimihata: Kills germs.

7. Reference:

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

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