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Thorn Apple


THORN APPLE, DATURA

(KALA DHATURA*)


Introduction:

The plants of thorn apple are found everywhere but the search of its trees is not an easy task. Its flowers are white and round like bell. Its leaves are soft and smooth. Its fruits are round like apple. Its fruits have small thorns. There are 4 kinds of thorn apple as- Black, White, Blue and yellow. Black thorn apple is dark black. Its leaves, stalks and flowers are also black.

Name in different languages:

English           -          Thorn apple

Hindi              -          Dhatura

Sanskrit          -          Dhatur, Dhurat

Bengali          -           Dhatura

Marathi          -           Dhotra

Gujrati           -           Dhaturo

Useful in different diseases:

1. Swelling: Grind the juice of thorn apple’s leaves, opium and dry ginger together. Apply this mixture on the hands and feet. Its use reduces swelling. It is anodyne and reduces the swelling caused by vatta.

2. Breathing problems: A person gets rid of many breathing problems if he uses thorn apple in smoking.