East Indian Screw tree, Helicteres Isora


Latin name:       Helicteres Isora

English names:    East Indian Screw Tree, Nut Leaved Screw Tree

Sanskrit name:      Mriga Shringa

Indian name: Maror phali

Medicinal parts used: Root, Bark and Fruits

East-Indian screw tree is a sub-deciduous shrub or small tree with grey coloured bark. Leaves are simple, serrate margin, scabrous above and pubescent beneath. Flowers are solitary or in sparse clusters, with red petals turning pale blue when old. Fruits are greenish brown, beaked, cylindrical, and spirally twisted on ripening. The twisted shape of the fruit is what lends most of its names like screw tree and maror phali.

Therapeutic use:

  • The roots and stem barks are considered to be expectorant, demulcent, astringent and antigalactagogue.
  • Root juice is used in antidiarrheal and ant dysenteric formulations.
  • Fried pods are given to children to kill intestinal worms.
  • Fruits are acrid, astringent, refrigerant, demulcent, stomachic, vermifuge, and haemostatic.
  • They are useful in ophthalmic, flatulence, diarrhoea, dysentery, wounds, ulcers, haemorrhages and diabetes.
  • The powdered seeds are used to cure ulcers in ears, dysentery and stomach ache.
  • It has insulin-sensitizing and hypolipidemic property and has the potential for use in the treatment of type-2 diabetes.

One response to this post.

  1. the fruit has potent anti diabeticv activity related to type-2


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