Ripe-Fruit-of-Emetic-nut Traditional uses and benefits of Emetic Nut Extracts of the barks of cassia fistula and this tree is mixed with small chilies and the juice is taken to cure vomiting and diarrhea. Leaves are used to prepare medicine for fever. Roots mixed with oil are applied for relief from body pains. The herb possesses anti-bacterial activity and is used against various bacterial infections. It is used in treatment of asthma, rhinitis, and cold.
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People have learnt to to catch these fishes. Kaare fruits are properly beaten up with the help of stones and the mix is left to soak in the pool waters till it comes to a rich foam. After about five minutes, the fishes turn up on the surface belly-up. People then catch and take them home for a feast. In Mamandur, two of the senior forest officials, when asked, explained "Before the wild life protection act came into practice, when they tried the above in a shallow pool, a large sized python came belly-up onto the surface and managed to escape into the forest!
Wonder what reaction this fruit causes on fishes - probably induces a severe itching or perhaps the poison reduces oxygen, makes it difficult for them to breathe. The local name is Ghela. Thanks for sharing your experiences. It is used as fish poison in many parts of the world. Here is Google link showing its worldwide use. I found the link on Fish Poison plant has wealth of information and very interesting. One of your article on Mainphal Randia dumetorum, family Rubiaceae has good info on the medicinal practices and on traditional healers.
These kind of surveys, gathering information and mainly documenting - is a commendable job. I hope it gives a immense satisfaction at least to ourselves. I liked the way Ayurveda describes some of the common use of the plant.. I have already applied ur suggestions in my recent photography. But this was taken earlier. Rubiaceae Week: Catunaregam spinosa Thunb. I have not seen the flowers.
Branches were having straight spines.
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The useful Emetic nut