Cardiospermum halicacabum ( (Balloon Vine))












Cardiospermum halicacabum


Family _ Sapindaceae.

Habitat _ Throughout the plains of

India, as a wild climber.

English _ (Balloon Vine), Winter

Cherry, Heartseed.

Ayurvedic _ Kaakatiktaa,

Kaakaadani, Karnsphotaa,


Unani _ Habb-e-Qilqil.


Action _ Used in rheumatism,

lumbago, skeletal fractures, nervous

diseases, amenorrhoea, haemorrhoids,

erysipelas. The herb is used

in hairoils for treating dandruff,

alopecia and for darkening hair.

The plant extract showed significant

analgesic and anti-inflammatory activity

and sedative effect on CNS. The

drug also showed (transient) vasodepressant


Seeds contain triterpenoid sapogenols,

sterols; leaves contain a triterpene

ester, beta-amyrin, hexacosanol,

taraxerol, beta-sitosterol, quercetin

and taraxeryl acetate.

Careya herbacea Roxb., a related

species, is known as Kumbhaadu-lataa

in Bengal.

Dosage _ Bark—50–100 ml decoction.




Use of Cardiospermum Halicacabum

Cardiospermum Halicacabum Use #1

It was very largely used to allay pains due to sprains and contusions about the joints. The roots and the leaves are commonly used in medicine.


Cardiospermum Halicacabum Use #2

A decoction of the Cardiospermum Halicacabum roots is given in half tablespoonful doses twice a day for bleeding piles.


Cardiospermum Halicacabum Use #3

The leaves are used for rheumatism, nervous diseases, hemorrhoids and chronic bronchitis. The juice of the leaves is put into the ear for ear-ache.


Cardiospermum Halicacabum Use #4

The leaves are used as one of the ingredients in a medicine recommended in the medical book 'Bhavaprakasha' for the abnormal suppression of menses.


Cardiospermum Halicacabum Use #5

Equal parts of Cardiospermum Halicacabum leaves, Sahinda-Iunu (Potassium carbonate), the root bark of Hin-kumbuk (Terminalia Arjuna), Vadakaha (Acorus Calanus) are pounded and made into a paste with ***** is administered once or twice a day. Dosage: one teaspoonful each time.


Cardiospermum Halicacabum Use #6

Cardiospermum Halicacabum is a cooling drink when prepared as a canjee. You prepare it just like gotukola kenda. It can be taken in the morning as a drink for breakfast.


Cardiospermum Halicacabum Use #7

The external uses of Cardiospermum Halicacabum. The leaves are applied as a poultice for skin eruptions. They are coated with castor oil and are applied on swellings and tumours.


Cardiospermum Halicacabum Use #8

A paste of the leaves is a dressing for sores and wounds. The leaves are prepared into mallum, and used externally for Hydrocele. Some of the English names for Cardiospermum Halicacabum are Baloonvine, Black-Liquorice and Heart-seed.


Cardiospermum Halicacabum Use #9

The crushed leaves are inhaled to relieve headache. The seeds are used as a tonic in fever, and rheumatism.


Cardiospermum Halicacabum Use #10

Cardiospermum Halicacabum is used in preparing an oil for infants when they find it difficult to breath through the nose. Few people know about this.