Wild egg plant

The Scientific name of Wild Eggplant: is Solanum xanthocarpum

Name of Wild Eggplant in different languages:-

English: Devil’s Fig, Prickly Nightshade

Hindi: Kantakari, Ringani

Malayalam: Kantakarichunda-കണ്ടകാരിച്ചുണ്ട

Plant description:

Wild Eggplant is an evergreen spiny spreading shrub, usually growing 50 cm, The stem spreads the ground and has many branches, both stems and leaves are fully covered with sharp white throne, the bark is green in color, and flowers are the bluish-white, Fruits are green with a white line over it, globose turns orange when it ripe.

Leaf Arrangement


Shape-Palmate Margin-Entire Venation-pinnate
 Margin_Entire  Venation-pinnate

Useful plant parts:

Whole plant, fruit

Medicinal uses:

Treatment of hyperactivity, colds and cough, diabetes, pimples, skin diseases, and leprosy, worms, cold, fever, dysuria, muscular pain, urinary bladder problems.

  1. Respiratory Health:
    • Kantakari is known for its expectorant properties, making it valuable in treating respiratory conditions like cough, cold, and asthma.
    • It helps clear excess mucus from the respiratory tract, facilitating easier breathing.
  2. Digestive Disorders:
    • It is used to alleviate digestive issues such as indigestion, flatulence, and abdominal discomfort.
    • Kantakari is believed to stimulate digestive fire (Agni) and improve digestion.
  3. Antimicrobial Properties:
    • It is traditionally used for its potential antibacterial properties, which may help treat various infections.
  4. Anti-inflammatory Effects:
    • Kantakari is believed to have anti-inflammatory properties, which can be beneficial in conditions involving inflammation.
  5. Diuretic Action:
    • It is used as a diuretic to promote urine flow, aiding in the elimination of excess fluids and toxins from the body.
  6. Expectorant:
    • Kantakari is employed to expel phlegm and congestion from the respiratory system, making it useful for respiratory infections.
  7. Rheumatism and Joint Disorders:
    • Its anti-inflammatory properties are thought to be beneficial for managing joint pain and rheumatic conditions.
  8. Blood Sugar Management:
    • In some traditional practices, Kantakari is used to help regulate blood sugar levels, potentially supporting individuals with diabetes.
  9. Detoxification:
    • It is believed to aid in detoxification processes within the body, promoting overall health and well-being.
  10. Skin Disorders:
    • Kantakari may be used topically or internally for certain skin conditions, although its application should be done under expert guidance.

Please note that while Wild Eggplant has been traditionally used in Ayurveda for these purposes, it’s important to consult a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner or healthcare professional before using it for any specific health condition. They can provide appropriate guidance on dosage, preparation, and potential interactions with other treatments or medications.

Chemical contents:

Solanocarpine,solanocarpidine,chronogenic acid, caffeic acid,  potassium nitrate, carpesterol, sitosterol,solamargine, quercetin, isochlorogenic acid, neochronogenic acid, solasodine.

Wild Eggplant is one of the ingredients in Ayurveda medicines like:

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