Calotropis procera Wild R Br

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Family Name:

Asclepidaceae

Local Name/English Name:

Auk, Spulmei, Madar/Swallow-wart mudar

Flowering Period:

March-December

Status:

Rare

Part Used:

Leaves and milky latex

Calotropis Procera
Family Name:

Asclepidaceae

Habit/Habitat:

Distribution:

Description:

Medicinal Uses: Collection:

Wild shrub, grows in dry sunny places in stony, hard clay.

Pakistan: Sind, Lower Balouchistan, Kurram, Punjab, North-West Frontier Province, Hazara, Salt Range, and Rawalpindi district. World: Afghanistan and India.

A small, erect shrub up to 2 m tall. Stem erect with branches ascending at the base, herbaceous above, woody below, whitish green bark. Plant parts are with milky juice. Leaves simple, entire, and sessile, cottony or waxy bloom, opposite, thick, upper surface green and under surface whitish. Flowers whitish and violet, in terminal or axillary cymes. Fruit follicle. Follicles are green when unripe with curved tips. Seeds with long hairs (Fig. 3.31).

2-3 cups (500-750 mL) of fresh milky latex and 250 g of fresh leaves are collected by men and women 25-40 years old, in summer (April-October).

Family Name: Asclepidaceae

Recipes: (a) 250 g of Horse nails and 200 g of dry seed of

Prunus armeniaca are roasted in 2-4 cups of Brassica campestris oil for 3-4 h. When 2 cups (500 mL) of oil remains, this mixture is ground for 15-20 min. Now 1-2 cups of Calotropis procera milk is mixed in. This paste-like material is then stored in a glass or silver pot and applied to infectious parts of skin. For children, not used. For adults, 2-3 g of paste (malum) (at one time) is applied to site of infection (chambal) with a hen wing 2-3 times per day for 20-25 days.

(b) 2-3 tsp (250 mL) of fresh milk (latex) is applied over the affected parts of snakebite, dog bite, and insect sting until the patient feels relief.

(c) 200 g of semi-dried leaves is placed on a mud plate and 100 g of common salt is sprinkled over them; this is burned for 10-15 min. Then these leaves are ground for 4-5 min; the resulting powder is stored in a glass bottle and given to patients suffering from asthma and cough. The smoke is used to kill insects. For children, not used. For adults, 4-5 g of powdered drug (at one time) is given with 1 cup (250 mL) of water 2-3 times per day for 15-20 days.

Diseases Cured: Skin infections (chambal), cough, asthma, dog and snakebites, and insect stings.

Phytochemicals: Voruscharin, uscharidin, trypsin calcatin, uzari-

genin, proceroside, benzoyllineolone, benzo-ylisolineolone, syriagenin, calotoxin, and

_calotropin cyanidin-3-rhamnoglucoside [32],

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