Scientific name: Murraya koenigii (L.) Spreng.
Synonym: Bergera koenigii L.
Bengali/Vernacular name: Karipata, Choto kamini, Borosunga, Girineem, Bhatraj.
Tribal name: Shatley (Khumi).
English name: Curry leaf.
Description of the plant: A large shrub or small tree, up to 6 m tall. Leaves imparipinnate, up to 50 cm long, petiolate, leaflet 15-27, 2-6 cm long, alternate. Flowers small, white in much-branched, many-flowered, terminal corymbs. Berry ovoid or subglobose, purplish to black when ripe.
Plant parts used: Leaf.
Ethnomedicinal uses: Fresh juice is extracted from the leaves of the plant is taken as a cure for diarrhoea and dysentery.
A paste prepared from the leaves of the plant is applied on the affected parts of the body to treat bruise.
Decoction prepared from the leaves of the plant is taken twice a day for three days to treat fever.
An infusion is made with the leaves of the plant is taken twice a day (10 ml amount each time) until the vomiting is stopped.
Crushed leaves applied externally to relieve burn, to cure skin eruptions, and leucoderma.
A paste is made with the leaves of the plant is applied externally to treat the bites of poisonous animals.
The plant is used for the treatment of piles; reduce body heat, thirst, inflammation, itching, and blood disorders.
Distribution: The species is found in the forests of Kishorganj, Rangpur, Dinajpur, Kurigram, Panchagarh, Rajshahi, Sylhet, Chittagong, and Dhaka districts.
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