Kantakari - usage, benefits and contraindications


Kantakari (Solanum xanthocarpum Schrad. & Wendl.) of the family Solanaceae is one of the dasamoola and commonly used drugs in Ayurveda. Dasamoola literally means combination of ten plant roots together.

Dasamoola is an important compound formulation of Ayurveda and has been advocated with promising results in various diseases. Kantakari is widely used to treat respiratory diseases in Ayurveda.

Herb - Kantakari

Ayurvedic Action

Rasa (Taste)Katu, Tikta
Virya (Energy)Heating
Vipak (Post-digestive effect)Katu
Guna (Quality)Light, Dry
Doshic EffectBalances - K-V

Health Benefits

Respiratory health

Plant powder is antitussive and its effect on patients with bronchial asthma and nonspecific cough has been explained as due to depletion of histamine from lung and its expectorant action as due to inorganic nitrogen content.

Root is an expectorant. It is prescribed for cough, asthma, and chest pain.

Powdered plants are administered to children to cure chronic bronchitis.

Kantakari has cardiac stimulant, blood purifying and anti-inflammatory properties. It is useful in asthma, chronic bronchitis, cough, and pneumonia.

Fever

Antipyretic properties of kantakari helps to bring down body temperature to normal level.

Burning sensation

The stem, flowers and fruits are prescribed for treating burning sensation in the feet accompanied by vesicular eruptions. 

Pimples

The fruit paste is applied externally to the affected area for treating pimples and swellings.

Osteoarthritis

Kantakari helps to reduce bone and joint pain when applied to the affected area. Kantakari is useful to reduce pain in arthritis when it is taken orally or applied to the affected area. 

Kantakari helps to manage indigestion. Deepan (appetizer) and Pachan (digestive) properties of kantakari helps to improve Agni (digestive fire) and digests the food easily.

Dosage and side effects (only after consultation with an ayurvedic doctor).

Part(s) Used: Whole Plant ,  Dose: 50 ml as decoction.

It is strictly advised to consult a doctor before taking it during pregnancy, lactation or if you have any chronic disease.

References:

  1. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/282176716_Therapeutic_potentials_of_Kantakari_Solanum_xanthocarpum_Schrad_Wendl

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