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Pongamia Glabra

The oil expressed from the seeds is used in India for lighting purposes

NOM. VULG.—Balikbalik, Tag.; Butog̃, Vis.

USES.—The oil expressed from the seeds is used in India for lighting purposes, and in addition is of notable therapeutic value. It is an excellent local remedy for the itch, for herpes and especially for pityriasis versicolor, used alone or emulsified with lemon juice. In stubborn cases Dymock recommends the addition of oil of hydrocarpus, camphor and powdered sulphur. Dr. Gibson states that he knows of no plant in the vegetable kingdom possessing more notable curative properties in itch, herpes and other cutaneous diseases than the plant under consideration. It is also used as an embrocation in articular rheumatism.

The powdered leaves mixed with common salt and pepper are given internally with a little milk, as a remedy for leprosy.

The juice of the root makes a useful wash for gangrenous ulcers and a good injection for fistula.

BOTANICAL DESCRIPTION.—A tree, 18° high, with leaves opposite, odd-pinnate.

Leaflets in 3 pairs, ovate, lanceolate, entire, glabrous and membranaceous.

Flowers slightly spotted, racemose. Calyx bell-shaped, with 5 scarcely visible toothlets. Corolla papilionaceous, petals equal, clawed. Standard with 2 callosities athwart the base. Stamens 10, diadelphous. Pod with one seed, which is flat, smooth, veined, bright red.

HABITAT.—Luzon and Panay. Blooms in October.

Reference book: The Medicinal Plants of the Philippines

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