Historical Cultivation And Usage

Purple camel's foot trees are widely distributed in most tropical countries, including Africa, Asia, and South America. In India, they are widespread in the forests of the Deccan plateau, Western Himalayas, and Khasi hills (Vijayakumari et al., 1997; Janardhanan et al., 2003). The cooked young pods and seeds of PCF are eaten by certain ethnic groups in India, particularly the Garo, Naga, Khatkharis, Lambady, and Gonds (Vijayakumari et al., 2007). PCF seeds are used traditionally in indigenous medicine for curing pain, fever, stomach cancer, dropsy, rheumatism, convulsions, diarrhea, delirium, septicemia, ulcers, and indigestion in human beings (Janardhanan et al., 2003).

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