We can find no uniform treatment for this species plus Embelia basaal A.DC., and Embelia robusta Roxb. We have treated these last two species as synonyms of Embelia tsjeriam-cottam, but they are also recognized as distinct in other works. Whether the taxonomists finally decide to treat them as distinct, or as a single species, their uses are likely to be virtually identical[
Ardisia basaal Roem. & Schult.
Ardisia tsjeriam-cottam Roem. & Schult.
Dauceria acuta Dennst.
Dauceria obtusa Dennst.
Embelia acuta (Dennst.) Alston
Embelia basaal A.DC.
Embelia ferruginea Wall. ex A.DC.
Embelia obtusa (Dennst.) Alston
Embelia picta A.DC.
Embelia reticulata Wall.
Embelia robusta Roxb.
Embelia sootepensis thorelii Pit.
Embelia villosa A.DC.
Embelia villosa Wall.
Pattara acuta Raf.
Pattara basal Raf.
Ribesiodes robustum (Roxb.) Kuntze
Samara picta Buch.-Ham. ex Wall.
Samara robusta Benth. & Hook.f. ex Kurz
Embelia tsjeriam-cottam is a variable plant ranging from a small shrub 1 - 2 metres tall to a small tree or even a twining climbing plant[
The plant is commonly harvested from the wild for local use, in particular it is widely used as an anthelmintic[
E. Asia - India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia.
Usually in deciduous forests[
The plant is highly esteemed in Ayurvedic medicine as a powerful anthelmintic, and is also an important ingredient of a number of formulations[
]. A decoction is widely used in the treatment of insanity and heart diseases[
The fruits are anthelmintic, antispasmodic and carminative[
The finely powdered berries are formulated as an ointment for treating pleuritis[
The bark of the root is reportedly used to treat toothache[
The leaves, in combination with ginger (Zingiber officinale), are used as a gargle for remedying sore throats[
]. The dried bark of the root is used as a remedy for toothache[
The plant contains Embelin 1, a benzoquinone, and gallic acid 2, a polyphenol. Both the compounds were already reported to possess antioxidant and anticancer properties[
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