English: Vine spinach, red vine spinach, climbing spinach, creeping spinach, buffalo spinach, Indian spinach and Ceylon spinach.
Sanskrit: Apoedika, Potaki
Malayalam: Vallicheera-വള്ളിച്ചീര, Vashalacheera-വഷളച്ചീര.
Useful plant parts: Leaf, stem
It is a perennial, fast-growing vine, reaching 10 m in length, stems are thick, purplish, and semi-succulent, leaves are simple, alternately arranged and single, heart-shaped, and have a mucilaginous texture, apex is tapered, soft and slippery, about 6 to 10 cm long and 4 to 6 cm broad, fruits are green, turns black when ripe, normally contain 3 seeds in the fruits.
Chemical content: ß-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin, Vitamin A, C.
It’s important to note that while Malabar Nightshade has a long history of traditional use, individual experiences and outcomes may vary. Consulting a qualified healthcare practitioner, particularly one with expertise in Ayurveda, is advisable before using this or any other herbal remedy, especially if you have specific health concerns or conditions. Additionally, ensure that any product you use is obtained from a reputable source and prepared according to proper Ayurvedic practices.
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