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Cardiospermum Halicacabum

Scientific Name: Cardiospermum Halicacabum | English: Balloon vine | Sanskrit: Jyotishmati, Karavi, Karnaspota, Paravata-pad | Hindi: Kahphata | Bengali: Nayaphataki, Lataphatkiri | Marathi: Kanphuti, Kakumardanika | Tamil: Modda-cottan, Mudakithan| Telugu: Nellagulisetenda, Vekkuditege | Malayalam: Ulinja, Paluruvam, Jyotishmati, | Kannada: Agniballi |

Medicinal Uses: Anti-inflamatory, Helps address pain: Pains due to gastrointestinal issues, due to Lumbago, Rheumatic and arthritic afflictions, Helps with calming cough, Nervine tonic.

Traditional uses:

  1. Leaves are boiled in castor oil and used to help reduce swellings as well as for Rheumatic and arthritic pains.

  2. The juice of the plant is used as ear drops to help address ear pain

  3. Herbal tea made by using this plant is an excellent nervine tonic, helps reduce rheumatic pains, is good for bronchitis and breathing disorders.

Disclaimer: For the untrained eye, many plants appear similar. Do not attempt to harvest and use herbs until and unless you are familiar with herb identification and usage.

If you want to use any of the herbs mentioned on these blogs, please do so under the guidance of a doctor or a holistic practitioner. You can also write to us at for usage information specific to your issue.


Ethnomedical, phytochemical and pharmacological insights on an Indian medicinal plant: The balloon vine (Cardiospermum halicacabum Linn.)

Indian Materia Medica by Dr K.M. Nadkarni


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