Kodithoova or Kodithuva(Choriyanam or Climbing Nettle) Ayurvedic Medicinal Plant with Itching
Kodithoova or Kodithuva(ചൊറിയണം or Climbing Nettle)
Kodithoova is a climbing perennial herb.This is native to Sri Lanka.Kodithuva is used in Ayurveda for medicinal
purposes.The botanical name of Kodithuva is Tragia involvucrata.This also known by other names such as Kodithumba, Cherukodithuva, Choriyanam, ചൊറിയണം and Coriyanam.It has stinging hairs on its leaves and stems.The leaves are alternately arranged with a long pointed tip.The plant can cause itching or burn effect when our skin got contact with it.The root and the parts of the plant above the ground can be used for medicinal purposes.
The plant can transmit chemicals which cause itching .The itching property is due to the release of histamine, serotonin, and choline from the hairs and spines of the leaves and stem .
Kodithoova or Kodithuva(ചൊറിയണം or Climbing Nettle) Medicinal Uses
Kodithoova(ചൊറിയണം) can be used as a traditional medicine such as diuretic, antispasmodic, expectorant, and for asthma.The leaves extract can be used for rheumatic disorders.This can be used to treat scurvy.Kodithoova is a better medicine to treat stomach disorders.It can make use in Arthritis and also for allergic rhinitis.
Kodithuva helps to improve hair growth.The juice from the leaves of Kodithuva(ചൊറിയണം) applies on the scalp. This can improve hair growth and can also help to reduce dandruff.For oily scalp and for oily hair this is also useful.
The plant can help in urination problems such as Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia(BPH).The problems of the disease include frequent urination, painful urination, difficulty in urination and irritable bladder.
The above-ground part of the plant can be used to treat urinary infections such as Urinary Tract Infections, Urinary Tract Inflammations and Kidney stones.This parts of the plant can be also used for allergies and for osteoarthritis.For skin ,Kodithuva(ചൊറിയണം) helps to reduce the pain in skin muscles.The leaves extracts have been used on the skin for rheumatic disorders.
Kodithoova (ചൊറിയണം)can be used in Marunnu Kanji(Medicinal Porridge, Karkkidaka kanji).This is due to its high medicinal value.The fresh Kodithuva is used here.Leaves of Kodithuva is used to prepare Thoran.The leaves are a rich source of iron.
The Kodithuva (ചൊറിയണം) should not be used in pregnancy and to the children younger than 12 years.