Atylosia volubilis aka Cajanus Crassus (Bana kandula in Orissa) is the medicinal plant traditionally used in Orissa to treat diabetes. It is a member of pea family. The plant is a climber reaching up to the height of 5-6 meters bearing trifoliate leaves. Each leaflet is oval shaped. Flowers are yellow followed by fruit called pods with flattened ridges between seeds. It is native of Central and Eastern India. It also grows in West Himalayan region and Andaman and Nicobar.
Part used: Seeds, roots and all aerial parts.
Medical benefits: The plant is antidiabetic. Extract of aerial parts is used to reduce sugar level in diabetes. Seeds are beneficial in Anaemia. Bark extract is used in dysentery and stomach-ache. Roots are anti-inflammatory, the root paste is externally applied to persons having mumps.
Contraindications: People with diabetes should take professional guidance before using this herb.