Sanskrit: Rechanaka, Raktang
Latin: Mallotus philippinensis Muell, Arg. (Cro- ton philippinesis, C. punctatus, C. coccineum (Glandulae rottlerae)
Part Used: Glands and hairs from the capsules or fruits
Habitat: This small evergreen shrub of the Spurge family is found all over India, Sri Lanka, East Indies, Malay Archipelago, Australia, and more. Energetics: VPK=, P
Tissues: All, blood
Systems: Digestive, excretory
Action: Cathartic, anthelmintic, aphrodisiac, lithot- riptic
Uses: Tapeworms, aperient, purgative (may cause nausea or gripping before purging, but no after– effects; good for children, adults, and pets. Preparation: Ripe fruits are placed in a cloth and beaten until the glandular pubescence is removed; or fruits are rubbed between one’s palms or feet.