False Black Pepper, False Pepper
Latin name: Cissampelos pareira
Sanskrit/Indian name: Patha
Vidanga is one of the most effective treatments for expelling tape worms. It is used as a laxative and is helpful in reducing flatulence.
Charaka explained Vidang as one among Avachurnana dravya, along with herbs like Kushta, Musta, Lodhra, Sarjarasa etc. The body of the patient is smeared with sesame oil. Then the body is dusted with the above powder mix. Dusting process is called Avachurnana.
When combined with ginger, it can be used topically for the treatment of ring worm and internally for parasitic infections.