Madanaphala – Randia dumetorum – Benefits, Qualities, Side Effects

Madanaphala is one of the most commonly used Ayurveda herbs. Its botanical name is Randia dumetorum. It is used in the famous Ayurveda Panchakarma procedure called Vamana (vomiting therapy). Apart from this, the herb has many health benefits and usage.

 Botanical Name:- Randia dumetorum Lam. (Randia spinosa Pior;  R . brandisi Gamble; R. Longispina  W& A; R. Tomentosa W &A; Xeromphis spinosa Keay)
Family – Rubiaceae

Vernacular names

Hindi Name – Mainaphal;
Telugu Name– Mranga Kaya;
English Name – Emetic nut
Bengali Name-Mayanaphal
Marathi Name – Golaphal
Gujarati Name – Mindhala
Tamil  Name – Maruk Kalam
Kannada Name _ Madakari
Malayalam  Name– Kara

Sanskrit synonyms

Synonyms –
Madana – it causes Mada – intoxication
Chardana – helps induce vomiting
Pindi, Pindeetaka – the fruit is spherical in shape
Shalyaka – has spines. (Shalya means sharp surgical instrument)
Vishapushpaka – having toxic flowers
Karahata, Ratha

Classical categorization

Asthapanopaga – group of herbs used in Asthapana type of Basti (decoction enema treatment).
Anuvasanopaga – group of herbs used in Anuvasana basti (oil enema)
Vamana Dravya – group of emetic herbs
Phalini – Group of herbs with fruit as the used part.

Sushruta– Aragvadhadi, Muskakadi,  Urdhabhagahara group of herbs.

Vagbhata Aragvadhadi group of herbs.

Different varieties

In Kaiyadeva nighantu – two varieties  – Madana- R. Dumetorum and Shweta pindeetaka – R. Uliginosa Dc. It is again of two types. Suksma Pinditaka and Maha Pinditaka (small and big sized fruits).


Found throughout the tropical and subtropical forests in India.

Major  chemical constituents

R. Dumetorum: Fruits/ seeds- citric & tartaric acids; randianin  – sandianin;  Randia Acid, ursosaponin, dumetoronins A,B,C,D,E&F; randoside A; Arachidic, Lignoceric, Linoleic, Oleic, Palmitic & stearic acids etc.
(Reference: Illustrated Dravyaguna VIjnana, Vol. II, by Dr JLN Shastry)

Chemical composition:
Root bark –
triterpene, -1-keto-3-hydroxyoleanane,
Bark –
mannitol, saponins, coumarin glycosides,
Leaves –
contain an iridoid-10- methylixoside, an iridoid glycoside,
Ripe fruit –
glycosides, randioside A, mollisidial triterpenoid glycosides and randianin, six saponins-dumetoronins A to F. Source
Side effects: If used in excess, it may cause excess of vomiting, indigestion and anorexia.


Rasa (taste)– Madhura (sweet), Tikta (Bitter)
Guna (qualities)– Laghu (light to digest),  Rooksha (dry)
Vipaka (taste conversion after digestion) – Katu (pungent)
Veerya (potency) -Ushna (hot)
Karma– Balances kapha-vata
Chardana (induces vomiting),
Lekhana (scrapes inner lining of blood pipes, reduces cholesterol)

Randia dumetorum qualities and uses – 
Vranapaha – helps in quick wound healing
Useful in the treatment of
Shleshma Jwara – fever of Kapha origin
Pratishyaya – running nose, rhinitis
Gulma – abdominal tumor,
Vidradhi – abscess
Shopha – inflammation

Part used, Dosage

 Part Used– Fruit, seeds
Dosage– therapeutic – 1 grams
For vomiting therapy –  3 – 6 g

Method of collection

Between Spring (Vasanta) and Summer (Greeshma), in Pushya, Ashvini or Mrigashira star day, ripened yellow, moderate sized fruits of Madanaphala, which is free of worm infestation, should be collected.

The fruits are wrapped in hay and cow dung paste and dried. It is kept immersed for 8 days in a heap of hay, black gram, green gram, horse gram etc.
After 8 days, when it becomes soft and starts emitting honey like smell, it is taken out, dried. Then the seeds are removed. It is ground with ghee, butter, honey and sesame paste and dried.
Thus obtained powder is preserved in a clean container and used for therapeutic purposes. (Charaka Samhita Kalpa Sthana 1/13)

Madanaphala for Vamana

How to use Madanaphala for Vamana?
For the patient who is fit for Vamana procedure, he should first be made to undergo Snehana (oil treatment) and Swedana (sweating treatment).
On the  previous night he should be administered with Kapha increasing food like meat soup, milk, curds, black gram etc.
Next day, first Yavagu is given first. Then Madanaphala is given along with a little ghee. For this, the previous day, Madanaphala should be soaked in the decoction (Kashaya) of Yashtimadhu, Kovidara, Kadamba, Samudraphala, Bimbi, Shanapushpi, Arka, Apamarga.

Ayurvedic medicines

Ayurvedic medicines with Madanaphal ingredient –
Aragwadhadi Kashayam, Aragwadhadi Ghrita – useful in skin diseases including psoriasis.
Arimedadi Thailam – used for oil pulling in teeth and gum disorders
Bala Tel – useful in cough, cold, asthma etc.

Why Madanphal is not directly available in open market? How to get it?
Because it can induce vomiting and related complications, it is not sold openly. If you are a common man, you do not need it unless prescribed by an Ayurveda doctor. If the Ayurveda practitioner has prescribed it to you, he himself will provide it. It is usually available in Ayurveda Panchakarma centers locally.

Interaction with medicines, supplements

Can this be used while taking Homeopathic medicine?
Yes. This product does not react with homeopathic medicine.

Can this medicine be continued while taking supplements like multivitamin tablets, Omega 3 fatty acids etc?
Yes. Generally, this product goes well with most of the dietary supplements. However, if you are taking more than one product per day, please consult your doctor for an opinion.

With western medicines
Seek your doctor’s advice if you are taking this product along with other western (allopathic / modern) medicines. Some Ayurvedic herbs can interact with modern medicine.
If both Ayurvedic and allopathic medicines are advised together, then it is best to take Allopathic medicine first, wait for 30 minutes and then take the Ayurvedic medicine.

6 thoughts on “Madanaphala – Randia dumetorum – Benefits, Qualities, Side Effects”

  1. May I know the chemical composition of Madanphal draya ,also may I know details about putoyavanyadi kalka plz. Thanks

    • Puto Yavanyadi Kalka is told in the context of A.Hrudaya Kalpasthana 4/2.
      पूतो यवानीफलबिल्वकुष्ठवचाशताह्वाघ पिप्पलीनाम् ।
      कल्कैर्गुडक्षौद्रघृतैः सतैलैर्युक्तः सुखोष्णो लवणान्वितश्च ॥ २ ॥

      Ghana = Musta

      Chemical composition of Madanaphala
      Root bark – triterpene, -1-keto-3-hydroxyoleanane,
      Bark – mannitol, saponins, coumarin glycosides,
      Leaves – contain an iridoid-10- methylixoside, an iridoid glycoside,
      Ripe fruit – glycosides, randioside A, mollisidial triterpenoid glycosides and randianin, six saponins-dumetoronins A to F.


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