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Bandicoot Berry

Scientific Names

Bandicoot berry

  • Leea indica
  • Leea novoguineensis
  • Leea sambucina Willd.
  • Staphylea indica Burm.
  • Vitaceae family

Common Names

  • Bandicoot Berry
  • Chhatri (Sanskrit)
  • Hastipalash (Hindi)
  • Ki Toowa
  • Mali-mali Hanteo
  • Soolangkar

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Parts Usually Used

Leaves, Fruits, Roots & Shoots
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Description of Plant(s) and Culture

Bandicoot Berry is an erect shrub to small tree, often with several stems. It usually grows from 2 – 10 meters tall, occasionally to 16 meters, with stems around 19cm in diameter. Plants are frequently stilt-rooted. The fruit is a purple-black berry 5 – 10mm in diameter, occasionally to 15mm, containing 6 seeds.
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Where Found

East Asia – Southern China, Indian subcontinent, through tropical Asia to Australia and SW Pacific
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Medicinal Properties

Bandicoot Berry flower

Antimicrobial, antioxidant, cytotoxic, enzyme inhibitory, analgesic, hepatoprotective, hypoglycemic, hypolipidemic, larvicidal, thrombolytic, analgesic, sedative, and antidiarrheal

The root is antidiarrheal, antidysenteric, antispasmodic, cooling, and
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Biochemical Information

Phthalic acid, palmitic acid, 1 eicosanol, solanesol, farnesol, three phthalic acid esters, gallic acid, lupeol, β sitosterol, ursolic acid, Alkaloid, terpenoids, flavonoids, steroid, tannin, glycoside, cardiac glycoside, triterpenoid glycosides, quercetin, gallic acid saponins, phenols
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Legends, Myths and Stories

Extracts of the fruits are used for purple dye.

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Bandicoot Berry is used to treat fever, eczema, itching, malaria, bone fracture, rheumatism, asthma, diarrhea, dysentery, body ache, hyperdipsia, pruritus, skin injuries, joint pain, colic, head ache, and gastric ulcers.

Bandicoot berry is used to treat intestinal cancer, leucorrhea, and uterus cancer. Drying the leaves allows them to be made into a tea. This tea is used as a treatment for cancer.

An ointment made from roasted leaves is used to relieve vertigo.

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Formulas or Dosages

The juice of young leaves is digestive.

Young shoots are chewed to relieve a severe cough.

An ointment or juice made from roasted leaves relieves dizziness or vertigo.

The crushed and pounded leaves are used to make poultices for cuts and skin conditions. It can be placed on the head to treat fever, headache and general body pain.

Make a decoction with the shoots to apply to sores and to treat colic, stomachache, dysentery and diarrhea.

The roots can be used as an ingredient in a treatment against yaws.

Crush the roots and apply as a poultice to treat diarrhea, ringworms, colic and skin sores.

Make a pulp by crushing the root and apply to rashes, stings, allergic skin reactions.

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Resource Links

Recent Studies Show Seven Herbs Help Stop Cancer Growth

Australian National Botanic Gardens: Bandicoot Berry

Useful Tropical Plants: Leea indica

Leea indica Ethyl Acetate Fraction Induces Growth-Inhibitory Effect in Various Cancer Cell Lines and Apoptosis in Ca Ski Human Cervical Epidermoid Carcinoma Cells

Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants: Leea indica These Medicinal Plants Put Brakes on Cancer Growth

Journal of Ethnopharmacology: Evaluation of anti-proliferative activity of medicinal plants used in Asian Traditional Medicine to treat cancer

US National Library of Medicine: Identification of Phytoconstituents in Leea indica (Burm. F.) Merr. Leaves by High Performance Liquid Chromatography Micro Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry

Semantic Scholar: Traditional uses, chemistry and pharmacological activities of Leea indica

National University of Singapore: Anti-cancer properties uncovered in plants

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