Wild Caper Bush

The scientific name of Wild Caper Bush: Capparis sepiaria

Name of Wild Caper Bush in different languages:-

English: Hedge caper, Indian caper

Hindi: Kanthari

Malayalam: Kakkathondi-


Tami: கரிந்து Karindu, கருஞ்சூரை-karunchurai

Plant Description:

It is a spreading or climbing shrub, much branched grow 3 to 4 m long, pubescent ashy grey hairs. The leaves are elliptic-oblong to ovate, margin entire, base cuneate, 1.5 to 4 cm long and 1- 2 cm broad, little pubescent to glabrous; petiole up to 5 mm long; stipular spines 2 to 5 mm, brown-black and hooked. The flowers are found in terminal clusters of 10 to 30, small, and white; pedicels up to 2 cm long. Flowering and fruiting March to October, the fruit is globose, up to 12 mm in diam., dark brown and smooth, usually, 1-2 seeded.

Leaf Arrangement

Shape-Ovate Margin-Entire Venation-pinnate

Useful Parts:

Root, Leaves

Medicinal uses:

Coughing, toxemia, snakebite, skin diseases, tumors, inflammation

Chemical content:


Medicinal Properties:

Alkaloids, glycosides, tannins, flavonoids, steroids, and saponins.

Ayurvedic uses:

  1. Digestive Health: Wild Caper Bush is used to improve digestion, alleviate indigestion, and promote appetite.
  2. Liver Support: It is believed to have hepatoprotective properties, supporting liver health and function.
  3. Anti-inflammatory: Some formulations use it for its anti-inflammatory effects, which may benefit various conditions.
  4. Respiratory Health: It may be employed in remedies for respiratory issues like cough and bronchitis.
  5. Antioxidant Properties: The plant is believed to contain compounds that have antioxidant effects, helping to protect cells from damage.
  6. Anti-microbial: It is thought to have properties that can help combat certain infections.
  7. Skin Health: Wild Caper Bush is used in remedies for certain skin conditions, including acne and eczema.
  8. Rheumatic Conditions: Some traditional formulations use it to alleviate symptoms of rheumatic disorders.

Always consult a qualified healthcare professional or Ayurvedic practitioner before using Wild Caper Bush or any herbal remedy. It’s important to use it under the guidance of a knowledgeable practitioner, especially considering potential interactions with other medications and any existing health conditions.

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