Vidanga is a main ingredient in Kaishora Guggulu Tablets, Punanarva Mandur, Medohar Yog Capsule, Kutaja Ghan Tablets, and Avipattikar Powder.
Botanical name – Embelia ribes
Family name – Myrsinaceae
English name – False Black Pepper, White-flowered Embelia
Common name – Vidanga
Synonyms – Vella, Chitratandula, Krimigna, Amogha
Habit – Perennial shrub
Useful Parts– Seeds, fruit, leaves
Common Uses –The dried fruit is considered appetizer, anthelmintic, astringent, carminative, alternative, and stimulant. It is effective in the treatment of ascariasis. The dried fruits are used in decoctions for fevers and for diseases of the chest and skin. The fruit also shows anti-bacterial activity. It is also used in the treatment of abdominal disorders, lung diseases, asthma, constipation, indigestion, fungus infections, mouth ulcer, sore throat, hyperacidity, pneumonia, heart disease, and obesity.
Indications – Its oil is used for Nasya (Nasal medication) in headache and rhinitis and its decoction is used for Gandusha (Mouth gargling) in dental caries. It is used internally in intestinal worms, colic, duodenal disorders, Vata disorders, diabetes, skin disorders, and disorders of the blood.