Ulatkambal (Abroma augsta): Family, Names, Nature, Chemical Compositions, Medicinal Uses and Ayurvedic preview, Contraindications.


  • Sterculiaceae

Scientific Name:

  • Abroma augusta linn

Local Names:

  1. Pichashkarpash
  2. Ulatkambal
  3. Olutkambal
  4. Devil's Cotton 


Abroma augusta, or Devil"s Cotton, is an evergreen tree native. It can be seen from Asia to Australia. They will reach 10 feet (2.5 m) in height with quick time.  The leaves and stems are covered with soft bristly hairs. The stems feels very irritating on the touch. The bark yields a jute-like fiber. Dark maroon flowers are formed in terminal particles. Individual flowers are up to 3 inches. 

Chemical Compositions:

The main constituents of Abroma augsta include 
  • Tannins
  • Alkaloids contains:
  • Choline
  • Betaine 
  • Beta sitosterol
  • Sigmasterol
  • L-rhamnose
  • L-aribinose
  • D-xylose
  • D-galactose
  • D-gluose
  • D-mannose
  • D-glucourinc
  •  Magnesium
  • Fixed Oils consists:
  •  n-Hexadecanoate, methy I ester
  • 2-Methyl hexadecanoate, methy I ester
  • n-Octadecanoate, methyl ester
  • Unsaturated fatty acid
  • 9-Octadecenoate, methyi ester
  • 10-Nonadecenoate, methyl ester 

Ayurvedic View:

  • Guna: Laghu, Raksha, Tikshana
  • Rasa: Katu, Tikta, 
  • Vipak: Katu
  • Virya: Ushna 


  • It is used in various Menstrual disorders like amenorrhea, dysmenorrhoea, Irregular Menstrual Period etc. 
  • It is a good Tonic for the uterus. 
  • It relives the cramp of Menstrual Period. 
  • Used to treat post menopausal syndromes. 

Used Part :

  • Root. 


  • 1-3 gram powder of root. 
  • 4-8 grams of fresh root. 
  • 5-10 ml of root juice. 


  • Not indicated for the pregnant. 
  • Not suitable for lactating mothers. 
  • Not recommended for those who are under the treatment with anti coagulant drugs.

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