Adambu is an evergreen tree of moderate size, Briefly deciduous, it grows up to 13 metres tall. The fruit is spoken of as Samudra-phala and Dhātriphala or ”nurse’s fruit,” and is one of the best known domestic remedies. Leaves are obovate. Red flowers are produced on pendulous racemes about 20cm long. Four sided fruits are produced periodically throughout the year. Found in Madagascar and tropical Asia, amongst other places.
This tree has long been used for medicine, timber and as a fish poison. In traditional medicine, when children suffer from a cold in the chest, the seed is rubbed down on a stone with water and applied over the sternum, More recently it has become the focus of research for pain-killing compounds.
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