Jatropha curcas medicinal herb also referred to as Tubang bakod is from the Euphorbiaceae family and it is a toxic or poisonous plant that has to be used with great caution. It is viewed as a traditional folklore medicine, despite its toxicity and used for various ailments, mostly external. It is native to Central America and Mexico.
Although this plant may be viewed as hazardous, it still has the importance of being a part of the herbal remedies that can be derived from medicinal plants.
I am aware that persons sometimes consume the leaves. However, I would advise everyone to use this herb externally.
The common names are Purging nut, Barbados nut, Physic nut, Nettlespurge and Jatropha curcas linnaeus. The constituents of the seeds include almost 40 percent of oil which is used to produce biodiesel fuel and which is of a high quality. This fuel can be used in a standard diesel engine. It is therefore called 'The Bio Diesel Medicinal Herb or Plant.'
The seeds also contain jatrophine also referred to as toxalbumin curcin and this is greatly toxic.
The leaves are especially used for joint and muscle aches such as arthritis, rheumatism and sore muscles, snake bites. It is also used as an insecticide.
Prepare remedy by putting oil on the Jatropha leaves and then heat on open fire after which lay them on areas that are in pain or sore. The leaves possess anti-inflammatory properties.
The seed and fruit are not edible. They can be very toxic when eaten so avoid seeds and fruits at all times. Do not use the leaves excessively because they can be also poisonous when used internally.
The pounded leaves of jatropha curcas can be made into a poultice as well and used to aid in snake bites, muscles and joint pains..
Updated October 18, 2016