We call balloon vine plant "Mudakathan Keerai" in Tamil and this plant is very famous in Tamil Nadu for it's use in treating joint pains. Mudakathana keerai is a climber with balloon like fruits and it's botanical name is cardiospermum halicacabum. It is called kanphata in Hindi and is best identified with the leaves and balloon like fruits. For treating joint pains, we add the mudakathan keerai leaves to regular dosai batter and make dosais out of it. Mudakathan keerai is easily available in the markets, but make sure they are fresh. You can also easily grow this plant in pots and that way you will get fresh leaves daily. Most of the herbal remedies call for fresh herbs and that too for many remedies they have to be used for longer periods of time. The main reason many don't follow herbal remedies is because they have to get fresh herbs everyday. Unless or otherwise you are living in a village, given our hectic schedules, I know it will be next to impossible to go and collect fresh herbs from the market everyday. The best way to solve this problem is grow your own. Especially for herbs like mudakathan, which has to be used for longer periods of time, it is very important that you grow your own. Herbs are much easier to grow than ornamental plants and most of them need little to no maintenance at all. My biggest desire is to grow all the herbs in my home and nothing makes me more happy than finding new herbs. The best thing about mudakathan keerai is it can be used both internally and externally for treating joint pain and regular use gives good relief. Mudakathan keerai also treats all cold and cough related problems. This is a very safe herb that can be used even for treating children's cough & cold. It can also be used to treat ear pain, menstrual cramps, general tiredness and sluggishness. Few drops of the mudakathan keerai leaves juice in the ear will treat ear pain. The poultice of this amazing herb can be used for all kinds of pain. The juice of this plant when combined together with pure turmeric powder and applied on the affected area treats eczema.
Mudakathan keerai benefits in tamil medicinal uses. Very few people know about the medicinal uses of mudakathan keerai. This plant is scientifically called Cardiospermum halicacabum and is widely known as Balloon vine available in village side. If you are living in big cities like Chennai, you can get this podi (powder) in nattu marunthud shops. The leaves, roots, seeds and the baby leaves of the plants are used for medicinal purposes. The plant is used for gastric problem, it is used as a mild laxative, and it also works as an effective anti-inflammatory. People take mudakathan keerai dosai and soup, juice, sambar, kootu, masiyal recipe often to get its nutrition health benefit.
Mudakathan keerai for joint pain and ear pain: The oil is extracted from the leaves of mudakathan keerai plant. This oil is used externally for the treatment of arthritis and joint pain. The anti inflammatory properties of the plant help to reduce the pain and inflammation the body.
The oil is also used to get relief from ear pain. You can also use juice of mudakathan keerai leaves to treat the condition of purulent discharge from the ears.
The roots of this plant are very effective for the patients of hemorrhoids. The roots are boiled in water to get the decoction. Patients are advised to consume the decoction for benefits.
The leaves of the plant are ground to make a paste. This paste is applied evenly on the lower abdomen of the newly delivered women. This application helps to remove all the waste products saturated in uterus.
Mudakathan keerai for constipation: In some health conditions, the complete plant of mudakathan keerai is used to treat patients. The decoction made with the help of complete plant is useful for the trouble of constipation or other stomach problems like stomach pain.
Mudakathan keerai as pain killer: Patients are advised to consume 10 to 30 ml (depending upon the age) of the decoction to get desired results. The serious conditions like Hydrocele also can be cured with the help of leaves paste of mudakathan keerai plant. This paste is applied over the scrotum area of the patient. In case of painful condition, the leaves of the plant are boiled in castor oil first and then crushed into a paste.