Kali Zeeri or Heath Speedwell is always confused with black caraway seed (Kala Zeera). It has so many names including, Ban jira, Somraji, Bitter cumin are few common names of the seeds of a plant, Centratherum anthelminticum. Heath Speedwell has been used for years for the treatment of parasites. As its other counterpart (Kala Zeera), it is not used in the preparation of food due to its strong bad odour and bitter taste. Patients with intestinal parasites are treated with this herb in Unani Tibb.
Skin diseases, along with other diseases such as cough, fever and diarrhea can also be treated with this herb. it contains more than 120 chemical constituents and some of them are sesquiterpene lactones, flavonoids, fatty acids, and carbohydrates. Additionally, the anthelmintic property of this herb demonstrates its potential in expelling out house worms.
Kali Zeeri has a extensive range of therapeutic indications in traditional and Unani Medicines. Mostly physicians use this herb for the treatment of;
- Constipation problems
- Skin diseases such as Psoriasis, Pruritus, and eczema.
- Urinary retention
- Internal wounds and abscesses
- Blood purifier (accurately detoxifier)
Key Constitutions Of Kali Zeeri
- Butin (7,3,4-Trihydroxydihydroflavone)
- Oleic Acid
- Stearic Acid
- Monohydroxy-Oleic Acid
- Sterols-2v Α-Methyl Vernosterol