OJST  Vol.2 No.2 , June 2012
Calotropis boon or bane?
Author(s) Vibha Singh*
ABSTRACT
The herbal medicine occupy distinct position right from ancient period. The plant Calotorpis procera is known by different name in different part of world like French cotton, Alarka, or Madar, Rooster tree, and Widuri. The plant is poisonous can lead to blindness if its juice is put in to the eyes. The same plant is used for Ayurvedic medicines. The medicinal properties like Calotropin isolated from latex is used as remedy for painful tooth cavities rheumatism, sy-philis, leprosy and edema, for ring worm, syphilitic soreness, and leprosy cutanous dryness and toothache. Latex is al so used in the treatment of gum bleeding and as odontagic. Flowers can all so be used for too-thache, and ringworm infection. As the adage goes excess leads to distress, the judicious use of herbal medication is recommended otherwise it will lead to complication, as described in the case report.

Cite this paper
Singh, V. (2012) Calotropis boon or bane?. Open Journal of Stomatology, 2, 149-152. doi: 10.4236/ojst.2012.22027.
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