Indian Nightshade

The scientific name of Indian Nightshade: Solanum anguivi Lam.

Name of Indian Nightshade in different languages:

English: Poison Berry, African Eggplant, and Bush Tomato.

Sanskrit: Brihati, Kantakari

Hindi: Badi Kateri, Vanabhanta

Malayalam: Cheruchunda-ചെറുചുണ്ട, Putharichunda പുത്തരിച്ചുണ്ട

Plant description of Indian Nightshade:

Indian Nightshade is a medicinal shrub growing up to 4 feet high, branched and stem are dull white or pale green, armed thorny plant, in the bottom part of the leaves also bearing thorns, flowers are white to pale blue, in clusters ant the branch end fruits or berries are green, in clusters, became orange when ripe.

Leaf Arrangement

Shape-Lobed Margin-Entire Venation-Reticulated
 Margin_Entire  Recticulate


Useful plant parts:

Root, Fruit, leaf, whole plant

Medicinal uses: 

To treat throat and respiratory tract diseases.

Chemical content:

Solanine, Carotene, Carpesterol, Diosogenin, B- Sitosterol,

How to prepare medicines:

Juice of this plant is used to treat ringworm, gout, and earache, and when mixed with vinegar can be used for gargling and mouthwash. A decoction of the root is prescribed Ayurveda medicine as a tonic and is also used in a difficult delivery. It is one of Dashamoola (Ten roots)

Used as an ingredient in the Ayurveda medicines like-

Ajamamsa Rasayanam Gritona Tablet Patoladi Kashayam
Angamarda Prashaman Kashaya Indukantam Ghritam Punarvadi Kashayam
Ashwagandha Thailam Kalyanaka Ghrita Rajanyadi Choornam
Ashwagandha Thailam Kumkumadi Thailm Sahacharadi Kuzhambu
Brihat Chagaladya Ghrita Maha Panchagavya Ghrita Sukumara Ghrita
Brihat Dashamoola Tailam Maha Vishagarbha Tailam Tonset Capsule
Brihat Dashamoola Tailam Mahanarayan thaialam Vajrakam Kashayam
Dasamoola Panchakoladi Kashayam Maharajaprasarini Thailam Vasaguluchyadi Kashayam
Dasamoolarishtam Manasamitra Vatakam Vidaryadi Ghritham
Dashamoola Ghrita Mushikadi Taila Vishnu Taila
Dashamoola Shatpala Ghrita Nalikerasavam Yavanyadi Choornam
Devdarvadi Kashaya Nimbamrithasavam Yogaraja Choornam
Dhanwantharam Kuzhambu Pathyadi Kashayam  

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