Monday, December 15, 2008

Sapindus laurifolius Vahl

Family : Sapindaceae

Synonym(s) : Sapindus trifoliatus L

English Name : Soap Nut Tree of South India

Origin : Peninsular India

Big tree. Leaves up to 30 cm long; leaflets elliptic-lanceolate, acute. Petals without scales

Forests of India

Parts Used : Fruit (including the pericarp and rind).,seed and root bark

Herb Effects
Laxative and anthelmintic (fruit and root bark); androgenic (fruit); contraceptive (seed and fruit); stimulates the central nervous system (fruit rind).

Active Ingredients
Methylhederagenate, sapindic acid, oleanolate and a saponin (pericarp).

Medicinal Use
As a tonic, laxative, anthelmintic, in hysteria and asthma (fruit and root bark).


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