Botanical Name Caesalpinia bonducella
Family Fabaceae
Origin India
Description Kankusth is a small perennial plant with branches growing up to 4 meters in length. It has trifoliate leaves, yellow flowers, and black seeds.
Parts Used The seeds of Kankusth are used in Ayurvedic medicine.
Dose The dose of Kankusth varies depending on the condition being treated and the form of the medicine.


Ayurveda Features

Kankusth is used in various Ayurvedic formulations such as Kankusta Haritaki, Kankusthadi Churna, and Kankusta Oil.
Anti-Dote (Nivaran Dravya) There is no specific anti-dote for Kankusth poisoning, but it is advised to seek medical attention immediately in case of an overdose or adverse reaction.
Ayurvedic Properties Guna (Quality): Laghu (light), Ruksha (dry)
Rasa (Taste): Tikta (bitter), Kashaya (astringent)
Vipak (Metabolism): Katu (pungent)
Virya (Potency): Ushna (hot)
Prabhav (Impact): Krimighna (anthelmintic), Jwarahara (antipyretic)
Other Names Sanskrit: Kankustha, Gandhapushpa
Hindi: Kantkari
Assamese: Lata kankusta
Bengali: Kantakari, Nata kankusta
Kannada: Nelakadalu
Malyalam: Nayuruvi
Manipuri: Ngak-kang-jou
Marathi: Kalakadavi
Oriya: Kantakari
Telugu: Nelatangedu



Kankusth is native to India and is found throughout the country, including in the Himalayas, Central and Southern India, and the Deccan Plateau.
Pharmacognosy Kankusth is known for its anthelmintic, antibacterial, and antipyretic properties. The seeds of the plant contain alkaloids, flavonoids, and saponins that are responsible for its medicinal properties.
Cultivation Kankusth is commonly found in the wild and is also cultivated in some parts of India.
Physical Constituents The seeds of Kankusth are small, black, and have a hard outer covering.
Chemical Constituents The seeds of Kankusth contain alkaloids such as caesalminine and caesalpinine, flavonoids, saponins, and tannins.



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