Scientific Name
Group : Angiosperm (Dicotyledon)
Family : Asclepiadaceae
Genus : Calotropis
Species : gigantea R. Br. ex Ait.
Common Name
English Name : Crown plant (Madar)
Hindi Name : Ak
Manipuri Name : Ang-kot
Other Details
Habit : Erect hispid shrub
Parts Use : Root, Leaf, Bark and Bud
Preparation : Fresh leaves are heated over a naked flame for abdominal pain treatment. Young floral buds, crushed for application in cases of earache. Stem cut for latex. Root is crushed with milk for deccoction.
Mode of use : Fresh, Decoction and Local Application
Ingredients : Extract of aerial part of the plant possess potent analgesic effects indicating the possibility of developing the plant as the cheaper, safer and potent analgesic therapeutic agent.
Ailment Treated : Root, used as a poultice in ulcers and other skin diseases. Young floral buds juice used for earache. Root is useful in leucoderma and leprosy. Latex is applied on ringworms. Root-bark is used in dysentery. Flowers are given in cold, cough, asthma and indigestion. Fresh root is boiled with cattle milk and the soup is taken against dog-bite.
Source : Plain, occasionally cultivated in the home gardens as decorative plant