Croton Tiglium

Croton tiglium, known as Purging Croton, is a plant species in the Euphorbiaceae family. C. tiglium is also called Jamaal Gota in Hindi and Urdu.



C. tiglium is one of the 50 fundamental herbs used in traditional Chinese medicine, where it has the name bā dòu (Chinese: 巴豆). C. tiglium is known as Japaala/ජාපාල or “Jayapala” in Sinhala and used in Sinhala traditional medical system of Sri Lanka. Seeds have a purgative effect. The plant is poisonous with the bark used as an arrow poison and the seeds used to poison fish


It is typically used to treat skin conditions, such as itching, scabies, carbuncles, eczema, and rashes. It is also reported to treat cancerous lesions and tumors and is a common homeopathic remedy for digestive problems, such as dysentery, diarrhea and nausea. The medicinal properties of Croton tiglium are found in the oils of the seeds, while the bark and the leaves are used for other purposes, such as hunting and fishing.

Some unusual ailments may be treated by using Croton tiglium. For example, the leaves of the herb are often made into a poultice and then rubbed onto an area of the skin where a snake bite occurred. In addition, the root is sometimes applied to skin areas that have cancerous lesions.

Sometimes Croton tiglium is used to treat common ailments such as colds, fever, and diarrhea. It is also reported to delay the menstrual cycle, treat paralysis, and heal a toothache. New reports emerge on a continuous basis. For example, the oil from the seeds has recently been used to treat schistosomiasis, a parasitic disease.


None are recorded.


Please consult your doctor!

Other names

 Timber rattlesnake, canebrake rattlesnake or banded rattlesnake


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