The katu anoda is a broad-leaved evergreen flowering plant. Endemic to the tropics as well as parts of South Asia and the Pacific. It is a special feature that all the parts of the plant are close to the traditional medicine of each country. The fruit of the katu anoda plant, which is grown as an economic crop, is 20 to 30 cm long. It is also a green fruit that grows to about 1 to 6 kg in size. The center of the fruit is white with pulp and bears black seeds. The white pulp portion is used as a beverage as well as a flavoring.
The katu anoda plant in Sri Lanka is not cultivated as an economic crop like in other countries. Sri Lankans are also unaware of its unique qualities. The most amazing discovery reported today is that the anti-cancer properties of katu anodes are tens of thousands of times more potent than the chemicals used to treat them. It has been found to be a valuable drug that does not destroy healthy cells without side effects in the fight against cancer. In addition to its anti-cancer properties, it also acts as an antidote for intestinal worms and many microbial infections. It is also said to be a good remedy for stress and neurological disorders.
Uses of Anoda
An infusion of the leaves is used in treating stomach ailments, Antimalarial, smooth muscle relaxant, uterine stimulant, anticrustacean, antiparasitic, cytotoxic, cardiac depressant, antiamoebic, antibacterial, antifungal, hypertensive, spasmogenic, vasodilator, insecticide, a smooth muscle relaxant.