Hindi: Kaòþakárí, Birhatta
English: Indian Nightshade
Latin: Solanum indicum Linn.
Part Used: Fruit, root, plant, seeds Habitat: Common throughout India Energetics: Astringent
Tissues: Plasma, blood, reproductive
Systems: Respiratory, reproductive, urinary, circu- latory
Action: Plant—cordial, aphrodisiac, astringent, carminative, cardiac tonic, resolvent; root—di- uretic, expectorant, stimulant, diaphoretic.
Uses: Asthma, dry and spasmodic cough; difficult childbirth, chronic fevers, chest pains, colic, gas, worms, scorpion stings, difficult urination, edema, enlarged and spleen; catarrh. Burning seed smoke is used for toothache (it is usually used along with other herbs). The root is one of the da¤hmúl ingre- dients, and is usually mixed with other roots. It is good for edema, cough, mucus. Decoctions help dysuria.
Preparation: Decoction, powder