|Embelia ribes seeds|
Embelia ribes ( Devnagari : विडंग, Gujarati : 'વાવડીંગ' ), commonly known as false black pepper, white-flowered Embelia, vidanga, vaividang, or vai vidang ,vavding, is a species in the Primulaceae. It was originally described by Nicolaas Laurens Burman in his 1768 publication, Flora Indica.
It is widely distributed throughout India. In Ayurveda, it is considered widely beneficial in variety of diseases and is also used in homeopathy. In India, it is one of the widely and commonly used Ayurvedic herbs.
- Vavding water given to New Moms to prevent Gas and Stomach Aches[medical citation needed]
- Carminative: Either prevents formation of gas in the gastrointestinal tract or facilitates the expulsion of gas[medical citation needed]
- Anthelmintic: Useful against tapeworms, but not other parasites.[full citation needed]
- Alexiteric: It is believed to be useful in snake bite (resists poison),[medical citation needed] but it is not sufficient antidote to the venom.
- It is a common practice to put a few berries of the plant in the milk that is given to young children as it is believed to prevent flatulence.
- Sushruta describes the fruit as anthelmintic, restorative and tonic, and recommends their use along with liquorice root, for the purpose of strengthening the body and preventing the effects of age.
- Vidhang fruit extract has cestocidal activity and has activity against Ascaridia galli in infected fowl (Gallus domesticus).
- "Sorting Embelia names". Multilingual Multiscript Plant Database. The University of Melbourne. Retrieved 2009-08-11.
- International Organization for Plant Information (IOPI). "Plant Name Search Results" (HTML). International Plant Names Index. Retrieved 13 October 2009.
- A. S. Paranjpe and G. K. Gokhale. Arch. Int. Pharm. Et ther., 42-II-1932. Missing or empty
- Dama L.B and Jadhav B.V. (1998). "Cestocidal activity of Vidhang fruit extract". Riv. Di Parassitol. 15 (3): 249–252.
- 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.
- Information at website of Central Council for Research in Homeopathy, under ministry of health and welfare, Govt. of India  and, 
- 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 
- 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
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