It is an Indian plant; commonly known as West-Indian Ipecacuanha. Its roots are similar to Iplecacuanha roots and are used as adulterant. The various parts of the plant and latex are used against warts and cancer. In Indian medicine, it is considered as emetic and cathartic. In Jamaica, the whole plant preparations is used in dysentery. Very well worked drug.Asclepin showed cardiotonic activity in a number of normal and hypodynamic in vitro and in vivo preparations in various animal species. It has marked positive inotropic effect of asclepin studied in vitro (isolated atrium and heart of guinea pig) and in vivo (anaesthetized cat) and compared with that of g-strophanthin, digoxin and digitoxegenin. The comparative safety margin and other data indicated that asclepin is a more potent, longer-acting and safer cardenolide than the other three substances. Mainly glycosides.A homoeopathic tincture is made from the whole plant. It is covered by Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia of United States.It is mainly used as laxative, astringent, emetic and styptic. In Indian medicine a preparation from the roots is considered a remedy for piles and gonorrhea. It has been proved that cardiovascular response is due to glucoside curassavicin. It has anticancer and cardiotonic properties. Intensive research has separated many compounds. It has been found that asclepin has longer duration of action compared to digoxin. This plant is used as fish poison. Its latex has been used against warts and cancer. Alcoholic of the plant is reported to destroy human cancer cells.Q. 1x in drop dose under medical supervision.Toxic symptoms of over use are dyspnoea, vomiting and diarrhoea.Laxative, astringent, emetic and stypic, piles and gonorrhea, and against warts and cancer.
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