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Bittergourd, Coral Tree, Karapincha, Kikirindiya, Timbiri – Herbal medicines in Sri Lanka

Written By: admin - Jan• 18•10
Bittergourd (Karavila)
The leaves of the Bittergourd plant (or ‘karavila’) can be crushed, with the juice being massaged into the scalp for a good growth of hair and to prevent hair loss. The bitter fruit of the Bittergourd increases the flow of milk in nursing mothers, when eaten in sufficient quantities.
Coral Tree (Erabadu, Erythrina variegeta)

Coral Tree (also known as erabadu – Erythrina variegeta) is highly recommended for earaches. The juice of the leaves of this decorative tree with brilliant scarlet flowers, can be gently applied in drop form to the ears for relief. The fresh juice of the leaves mixed with a bit of bees honey is a good remedy for tapeworm, threadworm and roundworm and the dosage is one teaspoon once a day. A preventive against worms is the cooking of tender leaves with coconut milk. The juice of the leaves can also be applied to the gums to relieve toothache. A poultice of the leaves can be applied to joints of the body for relief from rheumatic pains.

A popular flavoring leaf known as Karapincha, widely used in Sri Lankan curries, it is also said to have several medicinal properties. The leaves, roots, bark, stalk and flowers can be either boiled or powdered together to relieve any type of stomach disorder.

Kikirindiya (Kasaraja, Eclipta prostrata)
Kikirindiya is known as Eclipta prostrata botanically, and it is a herb used in many forms to cure various diseases. In Sanskrit it is known as ‘kasaraja’ which refers to growth of the hair. This herb prevents the hair from becoming prematurely gray. Diseases of the skin can also be cured through this herb.

Timbiri (Diospyris malabarcia)

Timbiri‘s fruit juice is an excellent gargle for sore throats. Known botanically as Diospyris malabarcia, the tree of this fruit is found commonly in the dry zone of Sri Lanka. The ripe fruit is said to contain a high quantity of tannin contained in a gummy juice which is also useful in diarrhoea and internal haemorrhage. A poultice of the bark helps in boils and tumours while a decoction of the bark mixed with ghee is a soothing remedy for burns. A powder of the root bark can be prepared in a manner similar to coffee, which helps cure coughs.

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