Morning Glory, Ipomoea nil

MORNING GLORY


Latin name:         Ipomoea nil

English name: White-edge morning glory, Ivy morning glory, Japanese morning glory

Sanskrit name: Kalanjani, Krishnabijah

Indian name: Jharmaric

Medicinal parts used: Seeds

Ipomoea nil is a species of morning glory that is native to most of the tropical world and it has been introduced widely. It is cultivated as an attractive ornamental plant in many places, and the descendents of garden escapees now grow wild. This is a climbing annual herb with three-pointed leaves 3 to 8 centimeters long. The flowers are several centimeters wide and appear in various shades of blue, pink or rose, often with white stripes or edges or blends of colors.

Therapeutic use:

  • It is purgative and blood purifier.
  • The seed is anthelmintic, anticholinergic, antifungal, antispasmodic, antitumour, diuretic and laxative.
  • It is used in the treatment of oedema, oliguria, ascariasis and constipation.
  • The seed is also used as a contraceptive in Korea.
  • The seed contains small quantities of the hallucinogen LSD. This has been used medicinally in the treatment of various mental disorders.
  • The pounded plant is used as a hair wash to rid the hair of lice.
  • In Ayurveda it is used to treat gout, Arthralgia, bronchitis, scabies in all sorts of hepatic disorders, splenomegally (enlarged spleen), Leucoderma, fever, dyspepsia, paralysis etc.
  • The plant extract is hypoglycemic.
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