Climber with short, elliptical leaves, white or white-green flowers, and round red or black fruits.
Habitat & Cultivation
Native to India and Southeast Asia, embelia grows in hilly regions. The fruit is harvested when ripe.
Embelia contains naphthaquinones, including embelin. Embelin stimulates the production of estrogen and progesterone, and it may have a contraceptive effect.
Medicinal Actions & Uses
Embelia has been used in Asia as a home remedy for expelling worms. The herb is also diuretic and relieves flatulence, and is used for indigestion, colic, constipation, and debility.
Use only under professional supervision. Do not take during pregnancy.