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Jatropha curcas: A Review
Jatropa curcas belongs to the family Euphorbiaceae. The uses of are various parts of Jatropa plant are well known to Indian rural population from ages. The latex of Jatropa has anti-cancerous properties, roots act as an antidote for snakebite, oilcake is used as manure, and leaves are used as a food for Tasser silk moths. Forestation and re-forestation of degraded wastelands with Jatropa can convert unproductive lands into productive national assets. Jatropa is seen by many to be the perfect biodiesel crop for India. All parts of Jatropha (seeds, leaves and bark) have been used in traditional medicine and for veterinary purposes for a long time. Uses of various parts of Jatropha in the treatment of disease. Some compounds (Curcacycline A) with anitumor activities were reportedly found in this plant. Substances such as phorbol esters, which are toxic to animals and humans, have been isolated and their molluscicidal, insecticidal and fungicidal properties have been demonstrated in lab-scale experiments and field trials. The seed oil can be applied to treat eczema and skin diseases and to some other rheumatic pain. Rhizomes infusion or decoction is recommended in paraguyan traditional medicine as a digestive to treat rheumatism human gout and to induce abortion. Diagnosis by case history and presenting symptoms. A definite diagnosis can only be made if there is a history of ingestion and the ingested plant material has been positively identified as Jatropha. Jatropha is generally used for the preparation of diesel oil. Jatropha has gained importance worldwide due to its medicinal uses and for the preparation of oil.
Jatropha curcas, Anti-Cancerous, Antidote, Traditional Medicine, Diagnosis.
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