Baliospermum montanum – Danti – Uses, Research, Side Effects

By – Dr JV Hebbar
Danti – Baliospermum montanum acts as purgative. It induces diarrhea and is useful in treating liver disorders, digestive disorders, hemorrhoids etc.
Botanical Name- Baliospermum montanum Muell. (Baliospermum axillare Blume; Jatropa Montana Willd.)
Family- EUPHORBIACEAE

Vernacular names

Names in different languages:
English name – red physic nut, wild castor, wild croton and wild sultan seed, i
Hindi Name- Danti
Tamil name- Niradimuthi
Telugu name- Cinna Nepalam
Tamil Name- Niradimuthi
Brngali name- Harun, Haphun
Marathi name- Danti

Baliospermum montanum leaves

Sanskrit synonyms

Danti, Hastidanti – Danti – “dantidantasamam gajadantsadrusham mulamasya” – root resembles elephant tusk
Udumbaraparni – “udumbarsyevourdhwasthitani parnanyaasya” – Leaves resemble to those of Udumbara – Ficus racemosa
Erandaphala – erandasyeva phalanyasya fruit resembles to castor fruit.
Sheeghra – spreads in the body swiftly
Upachitra – upagatani chitrani beejaanyasya
Chitra -“ chitritani beejanyasya” With mottled seeds
Ghunapriya -“ghunanam priya” roots are usually infested by fungus.
Vishalya – “vigat shalyabhutam malamanaya”
Vishodhani – “malam vishodhayati , rechanityartha” The root induces purgation, diarrhoea
Madhupushpa- “madhuyutani pushpanyasya” Flowers full of nectar Shambar – “sham kalyanam vrunotiti” And is wholesome.
Nikumbha, Pratyak shreni, Mukoolaka, Varahangi

Classical categorisation

Charaka-
Bhedaniya – group of herbs used in purgation,
Mulini dravyas – group of herbs having root as its mainly used part.
Sushruta- Shyamadi, Adhobhagahara – group of herbs useful in Virechana – elimination of morbid toxins from rectal route
Vagbhata- Shyamadi

Baliospermum montanum plant

Varieties, distribution

Kaiyadeva – Danti and Dravati together considering them as two varieties of Danti.
Chakrapani, while commenting on Danti explanation of Charaka, mentioned that Danti has black roots and Dravanti has red coloured roots.
Bhavamishra quoted Danti Dvaya Viz. Laghu Danti & Brihat Danti (Dravanti)
Danti is identified as Baliospermum motanum.
Dravanti is identified as Croton tiglium or Jatropa curcas

Distribution- Distributed in tropical and subtropical Himalayas and as well as in South India

Major chemical constituents

Root- Baliospermin, Montanin
Seeds- Axillarenic acid  (Reference: Illustrated Dravyaguna Vijnana, Vol. II, by Dr JLN Shastry)

Medicinal properties

Baliospermum montanum medicinal Properties
Rasa (taste) – Katu (pungent)
Guna (qualities) – Guru(heaviness), Teekshna (strong, piercing)
Vipaka- Katu – undergoes pungent taste conversion after digestion
Veerya- Ushna – hot potency.
Effect on Tridosha – Balances Kapha and Pitta.
Prabhava – Purgation
“Danti and Chitraka – Though Danti – Baliospermum montanum  is identical with Chitraka (plumbago zeylanica) in respect of Rasa (taste) etc, Danti is a purgative while Chitraka is not. Hence, purgation is the Prabhava of Danti.” – Ashtanga Hrudaya Sutrathana 9

Part used, dosage

Part Used- Root, Leaves, Seed, Seed oil
Dosage-
Root powder 1-3 g
Seed powder 125-250 mg
Seed oil 2-5 drops

Purification method

Danti Shodhana : Purification method – As per Charaka, Danti root is coated with paste made with Pippali (long pepper) and Madhuka (Madhuca longifolia). This mass is wrapped in grass, tied, and wrapped in mud covering. This is heated by fire and sunlight. By this method, the toxicity of Danti is reduced.

Sanskrit verse

Baliospermum montanum uses

Uses

Danti – Baliospermum motanum uses:
Ashukari – The active ingredients of Danti spreads rapidly in the body, once taken orally
Vikashi – If taken in excess, it causes loosening of joints, intoxication
Krumihara – useful in worm infestation, infected wounds
Kushtahara – useful in skin diseases
Kaphahara – balances Kapha, useful in productive cough, asthma
Vatahara – useful in treating disorders of Vata Dosha imbalance  such as neuralgia, paralysis, constipation, bloating, etc
Dushtavrana Shodhana – cleanses infected wounds
Udara – useful in ascites
Arshoghna – useful in piles, hemorrhoids
Ashmarihara – relieves urinary stones
Shoolahara – relieves abdominal colic pain
Deepana – improves digestion strength
Pachana – digestive,
Shodhana – cleansing
Sara – induces mobility, causes diarrhea, purgation, relieves constipation
Anahahara – relieves gas, fullness of abdomen, bloating
Shophahara – relieves swelling, edema, anti inflammatory
Vidahahara – Relieves burning sensation
Kanduhara – useful in relieving pruritis (excessive itching)
Kushtahara – useful in skin diseases
Asra, Pittasranut – useful in bleeding disorders
Pleehahara – useful in spleen disorders, splenomegaly
Gulmahara – useful in abdominal tumours
Krumihara – useful in worm infestation, infected wounds

Fruit qualities

Baliospermum montanum fruit –
Madhura – sweet in taste
Sheetala – coolant
Srushta Vinmurta – causes urination, purgation
Garahara – relieves chronic toxicity
Shothahara – relieves swelling, edema, anti inflammatory
Kaphahara – balances Kapha, useful in productive cough, asthma

Usage in piles

The root paste is applied externally over the pile mass. It causes reduction in pain, swelling and causes shrinking of pile mass.

External application

Dantimoola – root is made into paste and applied externally over blunt injury and arthritis region to relieve pain and swelling.
Its seed oil is applied externally to relieve Vata disorders – neurological disorders, paralysis etc.
Its seed is made into paste and applied as Kajal in snake bite treatment.

Method of administration

If taken directly, it causes twitching abdominal pain and nausea.  Hence its decoction (Kashayam) is prepared, mixed with aniseed powder or Ajamoda powder and administered.

Side effects

Over-dosage can cause twitching pain, nausea, diarrhea.
It is not indicated during pregnancy, lactation and in children.
It should be taken strictly under medical supervision.

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.

Ayurvedic medicines

Ayurvedic medicines with Danti Ingredient:
Punarnavadi Guggulu
– used in the treatment of gout, sciatica, low back ache etc.
Dantyarishtam – used in the treatment of hemorrhoids, constipation, gastric, intestine and spleen related diseases.
Bahushala Guda
– It is mainly used in the treatment of piles, fistula, ascites, anemia, liver diseases etc
Shiv GutikaIt is used for a variety of diseases like liver and spleen disorders, respiratory conditions, neuro-psychiatric conditions etc.

Research

Phytochemical analysis and free radical scavenging potential
Experimental evaluation against diabetic nephropathy
In vitro micropropagation

Miscellaneous uses

Danti, along with other herbs such as Chitraka, Vacha,  Dravanti, Asafoetida, Coral, Bida salt and Sochal salt are used in preparing Madhyama – Teekshna Kshara.

In case of skin diseases where the skin lesions are numb and absolutely aesthetic, if there is absence of sweating and itching, then they are rubbed with the brush made of the stem of Danti. Reference: Charaka Chikitsasthana 7/56

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