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Table 1 Traditional uses of C. nurvala

From: Botanical description, phytochemistry, traditional uses, and pharmacology of Crataeva nurvala Buch. Ham.: an updated review

S. No.

Plant part(s)





Leaf juice with coconut milk and ghee

Rheumatism [18, 31, 32]

Poultice/paste of fresh leaves with little vinegar, lime juice or lime water, or hot water is prepared

Rubefacient effect on skin and as vesicant, for longer use [31, 32]

Leaf paste

Applied to soles of feet to relieve swelling and burning sensation [18, 31, 32]

Leaf decoction

Flatulence and stomach pain [24]


Stem bark

Decoction of bark prepared by bruising and boiling 4 ounces of bark in 1 1/2 pints of water till reduced to 1 pint and then strained and cooled

Useful in bladder stone, fever, vomiting, gastric irritation. and as tonic [8, 18, 35,36,37]

Decoction of bark

Useful in scrofulous enlargement of glands under lower jaw and swollen testicles [8, 18, 35,36,37]


Root and bark

Embrocation formed by boiling root and bark in oil

Reduced body pain and strain [8, 18]


Root, bark, and Leaves

Compound decoction of root, bark, leaves with ginger, carbonate of potash, honey and water

Effective in ascites, urinary disorders, calculous affection [8, 18, 35,36,37]


Leaves and Root

Mixed with cocoanut juice and ghee, served as food

Reduce corpulence [35]