Cleom Icosandra
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Botanical Classification

















Botanical- capparidaceae

Ayurvedic - varun kul

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Other Names

  • English name- dog mustard
  • Hindi name- hulhul
  • Sanskrit name- tilparni
  • Gujarati name- talvani

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It is found in the warmer climatic condition i.e. more of a tropical region. It is found all over the Indian sub continent, especially in the areas like Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Karnataka. It is also found in the central African countries and southern America.

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It is foul smelling herb which is 1 to 3 feet in height. It is found in the loamy soil and needs water in plenty in the soil Leaves are like palm shaped and are big in size. Flowers are of white and yellow color. Its nectar is of purple color. Its pod 2 to 3 inch in length, circular, long, sharp, and hairy and is thin from the apicular region. Seeds are small and of dark brown in color.

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Chemical Constituents


It contains light yellow colored stable oil that is about 22 %. It also contains two main chemicals that rare supposed to be the active ingredient of it. These are cleomine and viscosin.

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It is vata and kapha suppressant. It is a good pain reliever. It is also a good anti bacterial and anti-wormal and it also reduces pus formation in the wounds. It is also helpful in convulsions. It has a good effect on the digestive tract and improves indigestion condition in the body. It also increases sweating in the body.

According to ayurveda it contains

  • Gunna (properties) – tikshan (sharp)
  • Rasa (taste) – katu (pungent)
  • Virya (potency) –ushan (hot)

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No toxic effect was seen on human body with Cleom icosandra consumption.

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Plant part used


Leaves, seeds and roots.

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  • Ear ache
  • Joint pains
  • Wound healing
  • Elephantiasis
  • Inflammation
  • Poisoning
  • Convulsions and fits
  • Indigestion
  • Loss of appetite
  • Pain in abdomen
  • Worm infestation
  • Fever

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It is used in following ways

  1. Juice- its juice is both can be used locally and for internal use. It is used in ear ache and in applying in joint pains. It is also applied on the wounds to heal them early and without any infection. It is also applied on the elephantiasis.

  1. Powder- powder made from its seeeds is used in digestive disturbances and related problems. It improves the digestive power and strengthens the liver to secrete juices properly. It is also very effective in convulsions and fits especially in children. It opens the skin pores and eases the secretion of sweat in the body hence it is helps in excreting out of the toxins in the body.

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