is a climbing shrub found throughout India up to an attitude of 1600
meter. The seed of celastrus paniculatus contain oil which is obtained
by the destructive distillation of the seed. The oil is considered a
powerful stimulant for neuromuscular system and are given in rheumatism,
gout and paralysis. It is used as a brain tonic to promote intelligence
and to sharpen the memory.
Recent studies have
shown Celastrus oil has the ability to increase the intelligence of
mentally retarded children. Oil is used as pomade for relieving
rheumatic pains of a malarious character and in paralysis. It is also
used in a pomatum made by mixing one part of the oil in 8 parts of
butter for application to the head. It is known as ‘magzsudhi’ (brain
clearer) and believed to promote intelligence.