Ayurveda and Science

Ulatkambal/उलाटकमबल/Abroma augusta/Devil’s Cotton/Pishach Karpas


Hindi Name: Ulatkambal
Sanskrit Name: Pishach karpas
English Name: Devil’s Cotton
Latin Name: Abroma augusta
Abroma augusta, or Devil"s Cotton, is an evergreen tree native from Asia to Australia. They will reach 10 feet (2.5 m) in height with very little spread. The leaves will reach 8 inches (20 cm) across and are 3-5 lobed with very distinct palmate veins.

The leaves and stems are covered with soft bristly hairs that are very irritating to the touch. The bark yields a jute-like fiber. In the greenhouse, plants bloom from late spring to early summer. Dark maroon flowers are formed in terminal panicles. Individual flowers are up to 3 inches (7.5 cm) across

Abroma Augusta Medicinal Uses

Devil’s cotton is a uterine stimulant and is specifically indicated in amenorrhoea and oligomenorrhea as recommended by Indian Ayurveda. Due to its pain relieving activity it is also given in Dysmenorrhoea. It is given three days prior to the onset of menses and is continued till the second day of the cycle.

Chemical Composition

The main constituents of Abroma augsta include Tannins, magnesium, fixed oil and alkaloids.

Effect on

Pacifies vata and kapha and increases pitta.
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