False Calumba Stem, as it is sometimes referred to in English, is a flowering woody climber, native to South Asia and Mainland Southeast Asia. It is rare and critically endangered in many of its habitats.



  • The plant is used for a large variety of diseases and conditions, from fevers and diabetes to celiac disease and snake bites.
  • There is speculation that False Calumba Stem might also have found a modern use in the illegal drug market industry


  • The stem, the roots and the purified berberine are used in treating diarrhoea, bacillary dysentery, enteritis, jaundice, pyrexia and dyspepsia. An eye- lotion berberine chloride is effective for opthalmia.


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Other names

Coscinium fenestratum, yellow vine


Source: Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coscinium_fenestratum#Use

Agri ruh, http://www.agri.ruh.ac.lk/Departments/CropScience/medicinalplants/medicinal_plants/families/menispermaceae/plants/weniwel.html


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