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Ingredient Name : Calotropis gigantea R.Br.

Arabic Name : Ushar, Ashur

Bengali Name : Akand, Akone

Chinese Name : Niu jiao gua

English Name : Swallow-wort, Calotropis, Milkweed, Mudar, Madar Tree

French Name : arbre soie, Mudar

German Name : Kronenblume, Madar-Strauch

Gujarati Name : Aakado, Akado, Akda, Myhara, Retoakah

Hindi Name : Akh, Ak, Madar, Safed Aak, Arkh

Kannada Name : Ekk, Ekkdagid, Ekkegid, Arkagid

Kashmiri Name : Aeka

Latin name : Calotropis gigantea R.Br.

Marathi Name : Ruvi, Aak

Persian Name : Zahar Nak, Kharaq, Zahook

Punjabi Name : Ak

Sanskrit Name : Arka, Alarka, Surya Patra, Mandara, Ravi, Bhanu, Tapana

Urdu Name : Aak, Madar


The dried root bark has abortifacient, alterative, anthelmintic, antiinflammatory, antispasmodic, bitter, depurative, digestive, emetic, expectorant, febrifuge, laxative, stomachic and tonic properties that relieves strangury, cures ulcers and acts as an expectorant. It is also used in enlargement of spleen, asthma and dysentery. Calotropin, extracted from the roots, has been found to be effective in fertility control as it inhibited the motility of sperms. Its leaves are used to relieve stomach pain and used in oedema and enlargement of the abdominal viscera. The flowers are anthelmintic, appetiser, astringent, bitter, digestive, stomachic and tonic, that cure piles, asthma, loss of appetite and wounds and are useful in cholera.

Externally it is useful in rheumatism, paralysis and gout.

Recommended Dosage: Dried Flower : 125 mg to 375 mg powder; Leaf : 250 mg to 750 mg powder; Root Bark : 250 mg to 1 g powder.

Contraindication: The root is contraindicated during pregnancy. Higher doses may cause vomiting, diarrhoea, bradycardia and convulsions.