Embelia Ribes – Indian Medicinal Plants

Embelia ribes is a large scandent shrub, distributed throughout India and belongs to the family Myrsinaceae. It is commonly known as Baberang in Hindi and Vidanga in Sanskrit . The dried fruits are being used for the preparation of medicine.

The plant is widely used as anti-helminthic, anti-carminative, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-diuretic and anti-astringent as reported in various literatures. A study was conducted by the Council over a period of 19 years (1984-2003 ) in various potencies, viz. Q, 6c, 30c & 200c, to clinically verify the symptoms, which were found during the Homoeopathic Pathogenetic Trial, carried out by the Council.

It was evident from the trial that Embelia ribes was found to be a very effective medicine in the treatment of helminthiasis, irritability, morose and fretful conditions of mind, coryza, grinding of teeth during sleep, anorexia, ravenous hunger, abdominal colic, intestinal worms, constipation, diarrhoea, itching in anus, bed wetting in children, dry cough & pyrexia, as reported in various homoeopathic literatures. Beside these, symptoms like anxiety, headache, premature grey hair, vitiligo, tendencies to take cold, halitosis, acidity, craving for indigestible articles, gastritis, alternate constipation & diarrhoea, pain in calf muscles, lumbago, night emission, screeming at night during sleep and infective dermatitis etc. were also cured or markedly improved during the course of treatment, which can be considered as additional clinical symptoms of the medicine.