Jatropha curcas is a natural strong painkiller. An extract from the leaves of Jatropha curcas offers pain relief similar to that of aspirin or similar pain relief drugs. 100mg/kg of Jatropha curcas dose is enough to produce pain relief medication whereas 400mg/kg of aspirin is required for pain relief in traditional medicine (source). This is more effective pain-relieving drug without addiction and side effect.
Jatropha has antimicrobial called “sap”, that can be used to treat a toothache due to cavities. The roots are used in decoction as a mouthwash for bleeding gums and toothache. According to tests conducted on the shrub, the seeds oil a strong purgative widely used to soothe pain caused by rheumatism (source).
About the plant:
Jatropha curcas grows in tropical and subtropical areas or regions and can grow on almost any terrain or even on wasteland. It is a smooth, erect branched shrub that grows 2–5 meters high. The branches are stout, cylindric and always green.
How to grow:
Jatropha curcas can be planted in a desert climate, it thrives on any type of soil, it grows almost anywhere in sandy, gravelly, saline soil and rocky crevices. It is a drought resistant perennial plant living up to 50 years, it has no insect pest. It is mainly propagated by cuttings and can grow on poor and stony soils.
How to use:
The fresh bark is cut into small pieces and chewed or kept in the mouth for 1 – 2 hours in order to treat pyorrhoea(Bleeding gums). Use leave decoction as a mouthwash. To reduce pain caused by rheumatism, roast 3-4 Jatropha curcas seeds and take them with lukewarm water.
Consult an Ayurvedic Doctor before consuming the herb.
Common name: Physic Nut, Jatropha, Barbados nut
Hindi: Jamal ghota, Ratanjot, Jangli arandi
Manipuri: Awa kege
Marathi: Mogli Erand, Maraharalu
Malayalam: Kattamank, Katalavanakku
Telugu: Nepalam, Adavi amudam
Bengali: Bagbherenda, Bherenda, Sada verenda
Oriya: Jahazigaba, Dhalajahaji
Konkani: Mogli erandi
Assamese: Salika kund, Bongali-botora, Bongali era
Gujarati: Radau-khurung, Jamalgota
Mizo: Kangdamdawi, Thingthau
Nepali: Sajiwan, Hattikaane, Nirguni, Arin