Menispermum cordifolium Willd.
Common Name: Kanda Amrta
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Plant scrambling over the ground
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Kanda amrta is a large, deciduous, climbing shrub, twining around other plants for support. It is capable of growing to the tops of tall trees and sending down long, thread-like aerial roots several metres in length that root when they touch the ground[
The plant has a long tradition of use in Ayurvedic medicine, usually gathered from the wild. It is widely available for sale in local markets, herbal stores etc[
E. Asia - India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar.
Dry districts at low elevations[
]. Deciduous and dry forests.
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A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if seed is required.
Leaves - used as a tonic tea[
The stem, root and whole plant are alterative, antidote, aphrodisiac, diuretic, febrifuge and tonic[
]. The starch obtained from the stem and root of the plant is nutrient and is useful in the treatment of diarrhoea and dysentery[
]. The fresh plant is more effective than the dried[
]. A watery extract, known as 'Indian Quinine' is a very effective treatment for fevers due to cold or indigestion[
]. The plant is also commonly used in a variety of other complaints including rheumatism, urinary disease, general debility, bronchitis and infertility[
One of the ingredients of the Ayurvedic tonic formula Amrit Kalash[
Some species in this genus are the larval hosts of fruit-piercing noctuid moths that cause significant damage to crops
of Citrus (particularly Mandarins) and Dimocarpus longan (Longan) in Thailand[
The aerial roots are used as a tying material for tying bundles[
Cuttings - very easy, the plant naturally produces aerial roots in the wild.
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