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Arabic Name : Qaatil al-kalb
Bengali Name : Kunchila
Chinese Name : Ma qian zi
English Name : Nux-Vomica, Poison Nut, Quaker Buttons, Semen Strychnos, Snake Root
French Name : Noix vomique
Gujarati Name : Konchala, Jher Kochla, Kuchla, Zer Kochalu
Hindi Name : Kuchla, Kajra, Kuchila
Kannada Name : Kanjihemushti, Manjira, Hemmushti, Ittongi, Kasarkayi
Latin name : Strychnos Nux-vomica Linn.
Marathi Name : Kajra, Kuchla
Persian Name : Kuchula, Habbul Gharab
Punjabi Name : Kunchla
Sanskrit Name : Vishtinduk, Vishmushti, Karaskara
Urdu Name : Azaraqi, Kuchla
The seeds are properly detoxified in milk before use. It is antiinflammatory, astringent, aphrodisiac, bitter, blood purifier, nervine, resolvent, stimulant, stomachic, tonic, and spinal stimulant and also respiratory and cardiac stimulant. It is used as a febrifuge and its preparations are prescribed for nervous disorders. Also employed in atonic dyspepsia, for increasing appetite and in chronic constipation due to atony of the bowel.
Strychnine, the chief alkaloid constituent of the seeds, also acts as a bitter, increasing the flow of gastric juice; it is rapidly absorbed as it reaches the intestines, after which it exerts its characteristic effects upon the central nervous system, the movements of respiration are deepened and quickened and the heart slowed through excitation of the vagal centre. The senses of smell, touch, hearing and vision are rendered more acute, it improves the pulse and raises blood pressure and is of great value as a tonic to the circulatory system in cardiac failure.
It also cures pain in the joints, lumbago and is useful in paralysis, general debility, chronic rheumatism, gout and weakness of the limbs.
Recommended Dosage: 60 to 250 mg. powder of properly detoxified seeds.
Contraindication: This herb is contraindicated during pregnancy.