Also known as Holarrhena antidysentrica or Conessi, the Tellicherry bark is a deciduous plant affiliated to the Apocynaceae family. Even considered as one of the most valuable medicinal barks by The British Materia Medica, the plant grows in the tropical Asian countries and is found in the sub-Himalayan tract at an altitude of about 4000 ft. In the Philippines, the plant is known as “white angel”. It is a bitter to taste, astringent and is pungent – known to be beneficial for all organs in the abdomen.
The Tellicherry bark contains five steroidal alkaloids:
Conessine – The Conessine acts as an anti-histamine and is known to display anti-malarial properties as well; it is also known to be useful in preventing and curing diarrhoea, dysentery and helminthic disorders.
Isoconessimine – A derivative of Conessine, it acts as a potent AChE inhibitor and helps in relieving strains,muscle swelling and rheumatism.
Conessimin – is one of the strongest of all AChE inhibitors – help in combating Alzheimer’s.
Conarrhimin and conimin – also a powerful AChE inhibitor.
Other alkaloids are kurchine, holarrhinene, and conkurchine.
One of the primary uses of the Tellicherry bark is its ability to cure dysentery and amoebiosis.
Treats amoebic dysentery and diarrhoea.
Has febrifugal and tonic properties.
Can cure fever and cold.
For cleansing oozing wounds and promote healing.
Prevents and cures painful defecation, rectal swelling and anorectal problems.
Arrests bleeding piles.
Remedial action for intestinal worm infections.
A very useful treatment for osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis.
The astringent in the Tellicherry bark has several benefits for the scalp.
It cleans the dead dry skin and oils accumulated in the scalp that prevent hair growth.
The liquid is especially useful for pre-shampoo or a scalp massage to gently remove toxins in the scalp.
It cures antisepsis of skin and scalp.
Its application eases psoriasis and scalp irritation.
The healing process of the scalp is drastically accelerated.
It easily repairs scalp wounds and promotes faster hair growth.
A clean scalp free of irritation and wounds facilitates the grasp of the hair follicle into the scalp tissues; this helps in controlling hair fall.