(infusio JATROPHA CURCAS )
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In traditional medicine, the leaves of the Physic nut are used as a haemostatic and are also drastic purgative. A leaf decoction is diuretic for treating cough, fever, diarrhea and for stimulating milk production in lactating women. The root is a remedy for edema, gout and intestinal worms. The fruit and seeds may have contraceptive properties; the seeds are considered toxic.
However, there are variations in the toxicity of the seeds.
They contain a purgative oil (Hell oil or Oleum ricini majoris), a phytotoxin (curcin) and diterpene esters. The oil has purgative properties and is used as a pain reliever from rheumatism.
The oil from the seeds is used against rashes and parasitic skin diseases. Sap form the bark is used to dress wounds and ulcers and stops bleeding.
When seed oil is mixed with benzyl benzoate, it becomes effective against scabies and dermatitis.
The sap from the leaves is used on bee and wasp stings; the latex heals wounds, ulcers, scabies and has anti-microbial properties.
The leaf, fruits, latex and bark contain glycosides, tannins, phytosterols, flavonoids and steroidal sapogenins.
Lectines and phorbol esters, deoxypreussomerins, palmarumycins, jatrophine, curcin.
Leaves, (showing antileukemic activity), contain a-amyrin, b-sitosterol, stigmasterol, and campesterol, 7-keto-b-sitosterol, stigmast-5-ene-3-b, 7-a-diol, and stigmast-5-ene-3 b, 7 b-diol, isovitexin and vitexin. The seeds: saccharose, raffinose, stachyose, glucose, fructose, galactose, protein, and an oil, largely of oleic- and linoleic-acids curcasin, arachidic-, linoleic-, myristic-, oleic-, palmitic-, and stearic-acids.
Physic nut has disinfectant and antiparasitic activity.
The coagulant activity of the latex from Jatropha curcas showed that whole latex significantly reduced the clotting time of human blood.
Diluted latex, however, prolonged the clotting time: at high dilutions, the blood did not clot at all. This indicates that this latex possesses both procoagulant and anticoagulant activities.
The white latex serves as a disinfectant in mouth infections in children. It contains alkaloids including Jatrophine, Jatropham and Curcain with anti-cancerous properties.
The Physic nut plant contains rare natural phyto-chemicals, such as cyclic peptides (potent antibacterial, anticancer and immunosuppressive drugs). The two major cyclopetides, curcacyline A and B from the latex consist of nine amino acids as known for the commercially used cyclosporine. Both natural products have significant immunosuppressive activity.
Essential oil from Jatropha curcas has remarkable medicinal action. This oil contains some active constituents against microorganisms.
The leaves contain apigenin, vitexin and isovitexin which along with other factors enable these to be used against malaria, rheumatic and muscular pains.
We use the leaves to produce the tincture.
Tincture: check with your homeopath.
Infusion (herbal tea):
Seeds are poisonous and the sap can be irritating.
Comparative evaluation of non-toxic and toxic varieties of Jatropha curcas for chemical composition, digestibility, protein degradability and toxic factors.
MakkarR H.P.S.; Aderibigbe A.O.; Becker K.
Deoxypreussomerins from Jatropha curcas: are they also plant metabolites?
Ravindranath N.; Reddy M.R.; Mahender G.; Ramu R.; Kumar K.R.; Das B.
Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Organic Chemistry Division - I, Hyderabad 500 007, India.
The above presentation is for informational and educational purposes only.
It is based on scientific studies (human, animal, or in vitro), clinical experience, or traditional usage.
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