Kapittha. Vern. Kathbel, Beng. Kaith, Hind.
The wood apple tree is met with throughout India and is cultivated for the sake of the fruits, the pulp of which is edible. A chάtni, made of the ripe pulp with the addition of oil, salt, tamarind and spices, is esteemed by many. The unripe fruit is described as astringent and is used in combination with bela and other medicines in diarrhoea and dysentery. The ripe fruit is said to be useful in hiccup and affections of the throat. The leaves are aromatic and carminative.
Kapitthάshtaka churna.1 Take of the pulp of unripe wood apples eight parts, sugar six parts, pomegranate juice, tamarind pulp, bela fruit, flowers of Woodfordia floribunda (dhάtaki), ajmad, and long pepper, each three parts, black pepper, cumin seeds, coriander, long pepper root, root of Pavonia odorata (bάlά), sonehal salt, ajowan, cardamoms, cinnamon, tejapatra, flowers of Mesua ferrea (nάgakesara), ginger and plumbago root, each one part, powder the ingredients finely and mix. Dose, about one drachm. This preparation is used in chronic diarrhoea and dysentery with loss of appetite and in affections of the throat.