English: Kathala, Hibutu Tea
Malayalam: Ponkarandi- പൊൻകൊരണ്ടി
Useful plant parts: root, whole plant
Salacia -Salacia oblonga is a climber vine that grows over trees, up to the height of 10m long, leaves are simple, tapered on both ends, ovate to oblong, and arranged oppositely, fruits are berries, green turns red when ripe, fruits contain a pulp, which contains seeds. Roots wood is a useful part of treatments.
Diabetes, rheumatism, gonorrhea, skin diseases, menstrual problems, asthma, itchiness, joint pain, obesity and thirst.
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