Calotropis procera (Aiton) Dryand.

DeFilipps, Robert A. & Krupnick, Gary A., 2018, The medicinal plants of Myanmar, PhytoKeys 102, pp. 1-341: 11

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Calotropis procera (Aiton) Dryand.


Calotropis procera (Aiton) Dryand. 


Myanmar: mayoe. English: swallow-wart.


Tropical Africa and Asia. In Myanmar, along the banks of streams and rivers and along sand bars.


Root: Crushed root with water and pressed into aching tooth to cure toothaches. Crushed with the root of the cotton plant to neutralize snake venom. Either the seeds or the root can be made into a paste with water to neutralize scorpion venom. Crushed, slightly warmed and rubbed to cure stiff and aching thighs and calves. Powdered root together with honey will cure skin diseases and leprosy. The root is used as an inhaler for treating epileptic fits. Flower: Crushed with milk and taken everyday to cure kidney stones. Stir fried with sesame oil to regulate menstruation. The flowers are used in making medicines to cure cholera. Latex: Rubbed and massaged on aching and stiff knees. Crushed with the bark of hsu-byu ( Thevetia peruviana  ) and applied around the navel and over the bladder to cure retention of urine. Made into a paste with turmeric to treat face discolorations. The latex and the sap of thanat-taw ( Garcinia heterandra  ) can be made into a paste can reduce swelling of hives and other bumps on the skin. A paste made with shein-kho ( Gardenia resinifera  ) can reduce unbearable pain. Stem: Used as medicine to treat internal hemorrhoids. The dried branch can ignited and the fumes inhaled to cure headaches and stiffness in the neck and back. Leaf: The juice from crushing the can be put into the ears to cure earaches. The juice from the crushed leaves taken with a bit of salt will reduce phlegm, asthma, stomach disorders, and distended stomach. Making up ointments to treat paralysis and strokes, and inflammation of joints.


Agricultural Corporation (1980), Forest Department (1999).