Sangkhaphuli possesses oncolytic (tumour-resolving) properties and a mixture of the dried plant is boiled in oil and used as a paste in the treatment of lumbago. In Ayurvedic practice, Sangkhaphuli is sometimes used as a substitute for Catheranthus roseus. However Sangkhaphuli is poisonous to cattle, causing temporary blindness and body rashes.
Sangkhaphuli, biologically known, as Catharanthus Pusillus is a common herb found in Northern India and particularly in West Bengal. This Indian medicinal plant is erect and much-branched. The Sangkhaphuli leaves are lanceolate, 2-7 cms long and 0.5-2 cms wide and apex acuminate. The petioles are 1.5-5 mm long, while the flowers are found solitary or in pairs. The corolla is white and the tube is usually 0.5-1 cm long. The lobes are half as long as the tube, apiculate at apices. The Sangkhaphuli fruits are small, divaricate, membranous follicles, in pairs with sub-cylindrical, black, ribbed seeds.
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