Medicinal use:

Coscinium Fenestratum is a critically endangered medicinal plant. The plant became very important in recent years due to its rarity and huge medicinal demand. It is commonly found in the semi-evergreen dense forests of Western Ghats of India and Sri Lanka.

Coscinium Fenestratumroot is considered to be a bitter tonic, used in dressing wounds, treating ulcers and as stomachic and antiseptic. The stem of the plant has anti-oxidants, anti-microbial, anti-diabetic, anti-inflammatory properties.

Boiling stem and bathing with the water relieves body pain.

Coscinium Fenestratum has significant microbiological activity against bacteria, fungi, yeast, viruses, and worms.

About the plant:

Coscinium Fenestratum, is creeping and climbing vine of diameter 6-7 cm with curved shoots and nodded stem. The outer bark is grey with an inner bark is yellow with a bitter taste. Wood is bright yellow when cut. Fruits, drupes 3 cm in diameter, brown to orange or yellow-grey in clusters of 10-20.

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How to grow:

Coscinium Fenestratum prefers fertile soil having good drainage and high moisture.

Parts used:

Dried stem and root.

How to use:

Stem pieces are boiled and one cup is given in case of a fresh, deep cut. A decoction of the stem is given internally in cases of bites from snakes or animals. For quick healing of ulcers, Coscinium powder is applied after mixing with ghee.

Vernacular names:

Common name: False Calumba

English: False Calumba, Tree turmeric, Weniwel, Colombo Weed.

Sanskrit: Daru Haridra,

Tamil: Mara Manjal,

Telugu: Manu Pasupu,

Malayalam: Mara Manjal.


Scientific data on its safety is very limited. Contact a doctor before consuming orally.