Devil’s Cotton


Abroma augusta Linn.
Family: Sterculiaceae
Arabic Name(s): Abromah
Urdu Name(s): Ulat-Kambal, Olatkambol
English Name(s): Devil’s Cotton
Parts Used
Root, root bark (aqueous extract), leaves and stem.
Warm and dry in the first order.
Functions and Properties (Pharmacological Actions)
Emmenagogue, uterine tonic, resolvent, diuretic.
Specific Action
Emmenagogue, uterine tonic.
Medicinal Uses
Reputed emmenagogue, generally given in cases of menstrual disorders, particularly in various types of dysmenorrhoea, pain of menstruation, it is administered to relieve functional uterine debility meritis, leucorrhoea and to treat sterility in women. Single administration (douche) regulates menstrual flow (desirable effect is produced if given two days before menstruation) and acts as uterine tonic. Infusion of the fresh leaves and stems in cold water is very effective in gonorrhoea. Single administration during the menses is regarded as effective in bringing the conception in young married women.
Compound Preparations
Administered along with other herbal ingredients, Masturin.
Fresh viscid juice or aqueous extract (approximately 70 ml) of bark (2-4 grams) as douche before breakfast, or twice a day.
Sour food articles (citrus juice), Sikanjbin(Honey and vinegar syrup in water).
Ruta graveolensLinn. (Sudab), Peganum harmalaLinn. (Ispand/Harmal), Valeriana officinalis Linn. (Balchar), Adiantum capillus-veneris Linn. (Pershiaoashan).
The natural drug has been used indigenously from an early date however, non-availability of published work on its ethnobotany, ethnopharmacology and chemical composition appear to be the major reason behind its non-popularity. The shrub has long been known as valuable fibre-yielding plant.