Kumizh is a deciduous trees that attains height up to 20 meters. The bark is grayish white colored. The leaves are simple, opposite and heart shaped tapering towards the apex. The fruits are orange yellow colored oval drupes which on ripening give sweetish odor, with 1-2 seeds.
Kumizh is fast growing deciduous tree which is among Dashamoola group of herbs (group of ten roots). Kumizh is a known bitter tonic and its fruits as general tonic in weakness. It treats vata and pitta diseases.
The bark, leaves and roots contain traces of alkaloids and are used medicinally in the plants native range. The roots have great medicinal value as a blood purifier, laxative, stomachic, tonic and as an antidote to poisons. The leaf sap is used as a demulcent to treat gonorrhoea and cough, and is also applied to wounds and ulcers. The flowers have been used to treat leprosy and blood diseases.
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