The plant is a perennial climber with dentate leaflets and small white flowers. Fruits are covered with a bladder and the seeds are globose. It is well known for its huge curative properties. The plant extract has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties ( Ref https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19393729 ). The specific effect of Cardiospermum in male infertility has been evaluated ( Ref: https://www.hindawi.com/journals/bmri/2015/175726/ ) It is used in treating stomach pain, earaches and in relieving swellings ( Ref: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4140016/). The juice is also used in curing minor wounds. The effect in managing obesity has also been evaluated.( Ref http://www.ijipls.com/uploaded/journal_files/110706030724.pdf) The herb is the main ingredient in several hair oil preparations to reduce dandruff and for darkening the hair. The herb also has laxative properties.
Useful plant parts: Whole plant
Stomach pain, Joint pain, Hair loss, inflammation, fever, post-delivery care, infertility, obesity
Anti-Fungal, Anti-viral, Anti diabetic and anti- diarrhea..
Cardiospermum halicacabum is used as an ingredient in the following popular Ayurveda medicines
Neelibhringadi Kera tailam
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