By Syed Akbar
Leea indica or bandicoot berry is a small herbal tree found in many parts of the country.
It is widely used in ethnomedical systems by various tribes in deep forests. There have
been scientific research studies of late on the medicinal properties of Leea indica and
they indicate it antioxidant property. Thanks to its antioxidant property it is
considered as a natural medicine for inhibition or prevention of cancer.
The root and leaves of Leea indica are used in medicinal formulations. Ayurveda and Unani
doctors also use Leea indica in their preparations. Herbal practitioners consider it as a
natural coolant that gives a “cooling effect” to the body. During summer it is one of the
natural coolants that quench the feeling of thirst.
Many tribal communities have been using Leea indica for treatment of diarrhoeal diseases.
It is also used in cases of chronic dysentery. Other medicinal uses include skin
ailments, gastric ulcers, vertigo (a severe form of dizziness) and digestive issue.
For relief from colic (sudden, abrupt pain), herbal doctors prescribe decoction obtained
from the root of Leea indica. Take a few grams of Leea indica roots, wash them properly
and prepare decoction adding a cup of water. Filter the solution and consume a little
quantity. Tribal medicine prescribes Leea indica for colic pains.
Intake of a little quantity of powder obtained from the root of Leea indica gives relief
from chronic dysentery.
A few drops of juice obtained from the fresh leaves of Leea indica sets the digestive
Herbal doctors recommend external application of a little quantity of juice of Leea
indica leaves on the head for relief from severe forms of dizziness like vertigo.
Paste of Leea indica roots if applied on the affected portion of the skin gives relief
from skin issues like rashes and allergic reactions.
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