Embelia ribes

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Embelia ribes
Vidanga Seeds.JPG
Embelia ribes seeds
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Primulaceae
Genus: Embelia
Species: E. ribes
Binomial name
Embelia ribes

Embelia ribes ( Devnagari : विडंग, Gujarati : 'વાવડીંગ' ), commonly known as false black pepper, white-flowered Embelia, vidanga, vaividang, or vai vidang ,vavding,[1] is a species in the Primulaceae. It was originally described by Nicolaas Laurens Burman in his 1768 publication, Flora Indica.[2]

It is widely distributed throughout India. In Ayurveda, it is considered widely beneficial in variety of diseases[3] and is also used in homeopathy.[4] In India, it is one of the widely and commonly used Ayurvedic herbs.

Ayurvedic uses[edit]


  1. ^ "Sorting Embelia names". Multilingual Multiscript Plant Database. The University of Melbourne. Retrieved 2009-08-11. 
  2. ^ International Organization for Plant Information (IOPI). "Plant Name Search Results" (HTML). International Plant Names Index. Retrieved 13 October 2009. 
  3. ^ http://results2.ap.nic.in/general/plants/plshow.jsp?scode=1084&pln=VIDANGA
  4. ^ http://ccrhindia.org/common_indian_plants/L13.htm
  5. ^ A. S. Paranjpe and G. K. Gokhale. Arch. Int. Pharm. Et ther., 42-II-1932.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ Dama L.B and Jadhav B.V. (1998). "Cestocidal activity of Vidhang fruit extract". Riv. Di Parassitol. 15 (3): 249–252. 
  7. ^ Dama L.B and Kirdak R.V. (2002). "Effect of Vidhang seed extract against Ascaridia galli in naturally infected fowls (Gallus domesticus)". Journal of Parasitic Disease. 26: 48–49. 

External links[edit]

  • Information at website of Central Council for Research in Homeopathy, under ministry of health and welfare, Govt. of India [1] and, [2]
  • [3]
  • Jalalpure SS; Alagawadi KR; Mahajanashetti, Shah BN; Salahuddin; Singh V; Patil J.K, In Vitro Anthelmintic Property of Various Seeds Oils Against Pheritima posthuma, Indian Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences. 2007 Jan-Feb; 69(1): 158-0 [4]
  • Caldecott, Todd (2006). Ayurveda: The Divine Science of Life. Elsevier/Mosby. ISBN 0-7234-3410-7.  Contains a detailed monograph on Embelia ribes (Vidanga), as well as a discussion of health benefits and usage in clinical practice. Available online at http://www.toddcaldecott.com/index.php/herbs/learning-herbs/343-vidanga