Fortunately herbalists are not allowed to prescribe anything as potentially dangerous as digitalis. But in general herbalists are happy to use pre-1930, unstandardised plant extracts. I can think of no case in which there is the slightest reason to think that the mixture of chemicals in the plant is any better than the purified active principles. Of course there could be such cases. But that is all idle speculation, something we saw only too much of in the TV programmes.
Thus traditional remedicinal uses are:: Anthelminthic (expels worms), antimicrobial,antiseptic, antiviral, asthma, astringent, bacterial skin infections(erysipelas), boils, chest pain, cholesterol metabolism disorders, colds,colic, conjunctivitis (pink eye), constipation (chronic or acute), diabetes,diarrhea (chronic), dry eyes, dysentery (severe diarrhea), eye inflammation,fever, food preservative, food uses (coloring), gallbladder disorders,gastrointestinal disorders, gingivitis, hemorrhoids, indigestion, insecticide,jaundice, keratitis (inflammation of the cornea), leprosy, liver disorders,nausea and vomiting (pregnancy-related), paralysis, poisoning (Datura plant),rash, rheumatism, saliva production, skin disinfectant/sterilization, sorethroat, sores, sprains, sunscreen, sunstroke, swelling (joints), urinarystones, wound healing (corneal epithelium)
charantia has been reported to possess a number of diverse medicinal properties such as antimicrobial, antidiabetic, antifertility and abortifacient activity.
According to Ratnasooriya and Dharmasiri,"In contrast to what was reported for the Indian plant, the aqueous leafextract of Sri Lankan Erythrina indica showed potent sedative activity but noanalgesic effects, as claimed by Sri Lankan Ayurvedic physicians.
The plant and root extracts contain the terpene-alkaloid , which is claimed toaffect variety of important cellular functions, including inhibiting histamine release, relaxing muscles, increasing thyroid function, and increasing fat-burning activity.
Lyophilized aqueous rootextracts of the plant showed central analgesic activity, among other effects,suggesting sedative properties of the plant as well.