Barringtonia acutangula (L.) Gaertn.

DeFilipps, Robert A. & Krupnick, Gary A., 2018, The medicinal plants of Myanmar, PhytoKeys 102, pp. 1-341: 104-105

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Barringtonia acutangula (L.) Gaertn.


Barringtonia acutangula (L.) Gaertn. 


Myanmar: kyi, kyi-ni, ye-kyi. English: Indian oak.


India to northern Australia. Widely distributed in Myanmar.


Leaf: Used to treat dysentery and diarrhea. Fruit: Used for blood diseases. Seed: Used to treat opthalmia. Root: An aperient.


In India a decoction of the bark is used as a mouthwash for toothache and gum pain; the stem is used for toothache; leaf juice is used for diarrhea; the fruit is used for nasal catarrh; the seed for liver problems; and an unspecified part, in a mixture with herbs, is used to treat cholera ( Jain and DeFilipps 1991). Medicinal uses of the species in Indo-China and the Philippines are discussed in Perry (1980).


Nordal (1963), Perry (1980).