Thursday, November 28, 2013

Indian borage (Common Name), Trichodesma indicum (Botanical Name), Kavil Thumbai (Tamil)

Medicinal Benefits

Trichodesma indicum is a erect herb found as a weed common in roadsides and on stony dry waste lands. throughout the greater part of India.

We call it as "Kavil Thumbai" in Tamil.

Indian Borage
Plant is around 15 to 45 cm height. Flowers are bluish white or nearly white when fully ripe

The decoction of the root and leaves are used for diarrhea, dysentery and skin diseases. This study was evaluated with few animal models in regards to diarrhea. The extract significantly inhibited the castor oil-induced diarrhea. The ethanol extract of Trichodesma indicum root has significant antidiarrheal activity and substantiates the use of this herbal remedy as a nonspecific treatment for diarrhea in folk medicine.