Mudakathan ~ Cardiospermum halicacabum, known as the balloon Vine or love in a puff, is a climbing plant widely distributed in tropical and subtropical Africa and Asia. It has been examined for anti-diarrhea as well as homeopathic medicinal properties. Indians use the leaves as the base of a few Indian dishes. Balloon vine’s other descriptive monikers include “love in a puff,” and “heart seed vine". Though the mature leaves are too bitter and hairy to enjoy cooked or raw, the young leaves may be used in recipes. The taste of balloon vine resembles many greens with its grassy, earthy, astringent, bitter, and slightly salty taste. Botanical Name : Cardiospermum Halicacabum. English Name : Balloon Plant. Tamil Name : முடக்கற்றான் / Mudakaruthan. Hindi Name : कपालफोड़ी , कनफुटी , कनफटा / Kapalphodi, Khanphuti, Kanphata. Malayalam Name : ജ്യോതിഷ്മതി / ഉഴിഞ്ഞ / കറുത്തകുന്നി / പാലുരുവം / വള്ളിഉഴിഞ്ഞ / Jyotishmati, Uzhinja, Karuthakunni, Paluruvam, Valliuzhinja. Telugu Name : బుద్ధకాకర / ఎక్కుడుటైజ్ / జ్యోతిష్మతితీగె / కసారిటైజ్ / buddakakara, Ekkudutige, Jyotishmatitige, Kasaritige Benefits of Mudakathan (Balloon Vine) :- It is used in the treatment of rheumatism, nervous diseases, stiffness of the limbs. The leaves are rubefacient, they are applied as a poultice in the treatment of rheumatism. A tea made from them is used in the treatment of itchy skin. It is used in the treatment of Join pains. The leaf juice has been used as a treatment for ear ache. The root is diaphoretic, diuretic, emmenagogue, laxative and rubefacient. It is occasionally used in the treatment of rheumatism, lumbago and nervous diseases. It is used in treating Anemia, Asthma, Urinary Incontinence. It is used in treating Arthritis, Backache, Baldness, Cough, Dandruff, Diarrhea, Dysentery, Earache, Eczema, Eye Diseases, Fracture, Gout, Headache, Menses Scanty, Menstrual Disorders, Piles, Rheumatism. It is used as Hair growth stimulation. Is used to treat for wounds & Swelling. DOSAGE : Morning - Mix 5 gms of powder in 100 ml water, Boil the content for few minutes. once the water gets warm, filter the content and drink it before food. Repeat the same for Evening Dosage after dinner.