State Medicinal Plants Board (SMPB) Kerala

Aristolochia bracteolata Lam.

  • Family: Aristolochiaceae
  • Vernacular names: Aaduthoda pala, ആടുതൊടാ പാല (Malayalam),
  • Distribution: India, Sri Lanka, Arabia, Tropical Africa
  • Description: Prostrate glabrous, branched herbs. Leaves alternate, reniform, subtruncate to cordate at base, retuse at apex, margin undulate, glaucous beneath. Flowers solitary, axillary. Capsules oblong-ellipsoid, faintly12-ribbed, 6-valved, glaucous; seeds many.
  • Habit: Herb
  • Habitat: Deciduous forests, also grown as medicinal plants
  • Flowering & Fruiting: Throughout the year

  • Parts used: Whole plant
  • Properties & Uses: Anthelmintic and purgative. Infusion of the whole plant is used as an anthelmintic. The root decoction is used in intestinal worms, menstrual problems, foul ulcers, gonorrhea and skin diseases. The bruised leaves mixed with castor oil is effective against boils and wounds.
  • Systems of Medicines: Folk, Unani,
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