Botanical name – Solanum xanthocarpum
Family name – Solanaceae
English name – Yellow Berried Night-shade, Wild Egg Plant
Common name – Khareti
Synonyms – Dushparsha, Kshudra, Vyaghri, Nidigdhika, Kantalika, Dhavani
Habit – Perennial or annual under-shrub
Useful Parts – Whole plant
Common Uses – The plant is bitter, pungent, diuretic, digesting, analgesic, expectorant, aphrodisiac, carminative, it facilitates seminal ejaculation, alleviates worms, pains in menstruation, itching, heart diseases, dyspnoea, and reduces fats. The herb is beneficial in the treatment of cardiac diseases associated with edema, since it is a stimulant to the heart and a blood purifier. Kantakari is useful in cold, fever, dysuria, enlargement of the liver, muscular pain, and arthritis with swelling, spleen, and stone in the urinary bladder. Nasal administration of Kantakari is beneficial in migraine, asthma, and headache. The juice of the berries is used in curing sore throat. The fumigation of Kantakari is helpful in piles. Roots and seeds are used as an expectorant in asthma, cough, and pain in the chest. The root is ground to a paste and mixed with lemon to cure snake and scorpion bites.
Indications – Its seed, leaf, and fruit pastes are used externally in conjunctivitis, hemorrhoids, skin disorders, rheumatoid arthritis. It is used internally in cough, dyspnoea, morbid thirst, ascites, edema, dysuria, disorders of lipid metabolism, fever and body ache.
Products description – It is the main ingredient in Chyavanprash Rasayana, Shwas Yog (Asthma Relief) and Vata Herbal Tea