Kantakari (Solanum xanthocarpum)     

Kantakari is also known as “Indian nightshade or “Yellow-berried nightshade”. It is an important medicinal herb and is also a member of Dashmul (ten roots) of the Ayurveda. The herb is pungent and bitter in taste.

Kantakari is beneficial for the management of respiratory problems like cough and asthma due to its expectorant property. It helps to release mucus from the respiratory passages and prevent asthmatic attacks.


Studies have shown this herb to have the following actions:-

S. xanthocarpum has protective action against histamine-induced bronchospasm, it protects mast cells from de-granulation and enhances ciliary action and aids expectoration.