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KANTKARI: A MEDICINALLY USEFUL PLANT. Sarabjit Kaur and Navreet Kaur

KANTKARI: A MEDICINALLY USEFUL PLANT.

Sarabjit Kaur and Navreet Kaur

International Journal of Natural Product Science 2012: Spl Issue 1:225.

Abstract(RBIP-225)

Kantkari, botanically known as Solanum Xanthocarpum, is a very spiny diffused herb, with a height of up to 1.2 meters. The young branches are densely covered with minute star-shaped hair, while the mature branches are zigzag, covered with yellow, sharp shining prickles and spread close to the ground.The important phytoconstituents are solanocarpine, carpesterol, solanocarpidine, potassium nitrate, fatty acid, diosgenin, sitosterol, isochlorogenic acid, neochronogenic acid and chronogenic acid.Kantkari is useful in treating worms, cold, hoarseness of voice, fever, dysuria, enlargement of the liver, muscular pain, spleen and stone in the urinary bladder. Nasal administration of kantkari is beneficial in migraine, asthma and headache .The juice of the berries is used in curing sore throat.Its stem, flowers and fruits, being bitter and carminative, are used for relieving burning sensation in the feet. Kantakari fruits also facilitate seminal ejaculation, alleviate worms, itching, and fever and reduce fats.The herb is beneficial in the treatment of cardiac diseases associated with edema.This plant has a wide spectrum of pharmacological activities, solasodine is used as a precursor for synthesis of steroids like corticosteroids and pregnane.These steroids are used in hormonal therapy.
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