Dichrostachys cinerea, Veerataru, Sickle Bush Uses, Research

Dichrostachys cinerea, also called Sickle Bush or Chinese Lantern tree protects liver and kidney from toxins with anti oxidant activity. It is also an excellent diuretic. It is called Veerataru in Ayurveda. 

Botanical name- Dichrostachys cinerea  (Linn) Wt.et. Arn
Family-mimosaceae

Sickle Bush

Vernacular names

Names in different languages:
English Name – Sickle bush, Bell mimosa, Chinese lantern tree, Kalahari Christmas tree,
Hindi Name – Velantara, Virataru, Vurtuli, Kunali, Khairi
Kannada Name – Odavinaha, Vaduvarada gida 
Telugu Name – Lathuga, Nellajammi, Venuturu
Marathi Name – Sigam kati, Durangi babool
Gujarati Name – Kellumtaro, Mordundiyun, Marud
Tamil Name – Vidatalai, Veluturu,Veduttalam, Vidattalai Chettu
Malayalam Name – Vitattal
Oriya Name – Khoiridya
French – acacia Saint Domingue

Dichrostachys cinerea twig

Chemical constituents

Dichrostachys cinerea  chemical Constituents:
Root-n-octacosanol
Bark- Friedielin,a-amyrin
Heartwood- Octacosanol, Sitosterol.

Dichrostachys cinerea

Properties, part used, dosage

Dichrostachys cinerea  medicinal Properties:
Guna (qualities) -Laghu – light to digest
Rasa (taste) – Tikta – bitter, Katu – pungent
Vipaka- Katu – Undergoes pungent taste conversion after digestion
Veerya – Ushna – Hot potency
Effect on Tridosha: Balances Vata and Kapha Dosha.

Part used-Stem bark, Heart-wood, root
Dosage- Decoction 50-100 ml

Chinese lantern tree

Sanskrit verse

Dichrostachys cinerea uses

Uses, indications

Chinese lantern tree uses:
Grahi – absorbent, useful in diarrhoea, IBS

Indicated in:
Trushna – excessive thirst
Mutraghata – Urinary retention
Ashmari – Kidney and bladder stones
Yoniroga – gynaecological disorders
Mutraruja – Dysuria

Traditional Uses

  • Tender shoots are used to treat inflammatory condition, diarrhoea, arthritis and relieves pain (analgesic).
  • Tender shoots are bruised and applied to eye in inflammation of eye.
  • Plant is used in piles, dysentery, vaginal white discharge, eye disease, gonorrhoea, eczema.
  • Infusion of its roots is used in used to treat leprosy, syphilis and cough. It act as antihelmintic, purgative and diuretic.
  • In Epilepsy, pounded roots and leaves are used.
  • For snakebites and scorpion stings, roots / leaves are chewed and placed on the sites of bite.
  • Leaves are used a remedy to treat sore eyes, toothache, gonorrhoea, boils. Leaves have diuretic, laxative property and act as local anaesthesia.
  • For massage of fractures, its leaves powder is used.
  • Leaves are rich in protein and mineral content. They are highly palatable.
  • Roots are used to treat rheumatism, urinary calculi and renal ailments. They have astringent property.

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.

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