It is an old Indian medicine, known by the common name ?Kurchi?. It is commonly grown throughout in India, ascending to 4,000ft. in the Himalayas. It is a small deciduous tree with brown bark, thin glabrous leaves. The wood and the bark have a distinctive odour.The bark contains many alkaloids mainly ?Kurchicine? and ?Conesimine?. The total alkaloid is about 4.5%, which is available in matured old barks.
A homoeopathic tincture is made from the dried bark. It is covered by Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia of India. It was first proved by Dr.Mahendra Lal Sircar. Hahnemannian proving was conducted by CCRH and published in 2005.It has come to be known as a very powerful curative agent in cases of acute or chronic dysentery and fever. Much work has been done on this herb. It is considered mainly useful as antiamoebicide. The extract of this plant exerts its antihyperglycemic effect by retarding the carbohydrate absorption from intestine through the inhibition in ?-glucosidase activity and therefore resists 1 postprandial hyperglycemia.
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Caution: Large doses may depress the blood pressure. Toxic doses of the alkaloids in animals
paralyses central nervous system.
1.Kazi Monjur Ali et al., Inhibitory effect of hydro-methanolic extract of seed of Holarrhenaantidysenterica on alpha-glucosidase activity and postprandial blood glucose level in normoglycemic rat, Journal of Ethnopharmacology, Volume 135, Issue 1, 26 April 2011, Pages 194?196