Botanical name : Croton tiglium Linn.
Family : Euphorbiaceae
Rasa : Katu, Tikta
Guna : Lakhu, Rooksha
Virya : Ushna
PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Purging croton
Hindi : Jamalgota
Malayalam : Neervalam
Distribution – Throughout India growing wild, also cultivated for medicinal purpose.
A small evergreen tree grows up to 6 meters in height. Leaves simple, alternate, ovate, acute-acuminate, membranous; flowers unisexual, found in slender terminal panicles. Fruits ovoid with 3 distinct chambers, containing 3 smooth oval, grey colored seeds.
Plant pacifies vitiated vata, pitta, constipation, worm infestation, inflammations, insanity, fever, ascites, and generalized edema. In larger dose or without purification, the plant is toxic.
Useful part : Seeds, Seed oil.