Botanical name : Strychnos nux-vomica Linn.
Family : Loganiaceae
Karaskaram, Vishatindukam, Vishadruma, Kalakutaka, Garadruma
Rasa : Tikta
Guna : Lakhu, Rooksha, Teekshna
Virya : Ushna
PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Poison Nut Tree, Snake-wood, Quaker button.
Hindi : Kuchala
Malayalam : Kanjiram
Moderate sized deciduous tree grows up to 15-20 meters in height. Bark grayish colored, leaves opposite, oblong, with smooth cuticle surfaces. Flowers occur usually in clusters. Fruits are single, round and become orange red on ripen, contain many discoid seeds.
Plant pacifies vitiated kapha, vata, cardiomyopathy, hypotension, arthritis, and dementia. In large doses, all part of the tree is toxic.
Useful parts : Seed, Bark, Root, Leaves