Celastrus paniculatus


Local Name: Cherupunna, Jyothishmathi, Killithinipanji, Paluzhavam, Valuzhavam

Habitat: Moist deciduous and semi evergreen forest

Distribution: South Asia & Australia


Climbing shrubs; stem lenticellate. Leaves simple, alternate, 7-12 x 4-7 cm, broadly ovate, apex abruptly acuminate, base ronded or acute, crenulate; petiole 6 mm long. Panicle to 15 x 8 cm, terminal, axillary, oblong; pedicel 6 mm long; flowers many, 6 mm across. Sepals 5, small, imbricate, ciliate. Petals 2.5 x 2 mm, white, ovate, obtuse. Stamens 5, erect, anthers sagitate at base. Ovary 3-celled, cell 2-ovuled, stigma 3, recurved. Capsule to 1 cm across, loculicidal, yellow; seeds 3, aril reddish.

Medicinal Use

Oil obtained from the seeds of the plant is reported to be highly beneficial in stimulating intellect and sharpening the memory. It also acts as a potential nervine tonic, rejuvenator and an anti-depressant. Moreover, the plant possesses a strong antioxidant as well as free radical scavenging activity. C. paniculatus has also been exploited for its potential role in the management of neurodegenerative diseases and other neuronal disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. Oil being a powerful stimulant for neuromuscular system is also used for the treatment of rheumatism, gout and paralysis.


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