Information about the herb Crataeva Nurvala

Crataeva nurvala, also known as Three-leaved Caper is part of the Capparidaceae plant family.

General Information

Botanical Name: Crataeva nurvala

Plant Family: Capparidaceae

Common name: Three-leaved Caper, Varuna (Sanskrit)

History: It is used in Indian Ayurvedic Medicine

Plant Constituents of Crataeva Nurvala


  • flavonoids
  • glucosinolates
  • plant sterols, including lupeol
  • saponins
  • tanninsAction:
    • anti-inflammatory [an agent to ease inflammation]
    • antilithic [an agent which reduces or suppresses urinary calculi (stones) and dissolves those already present]

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Usage Crataeva Nurvala

Medicinal Parts Used: Bark or root bark

Crataeva nurvala is used for:

Genitourinary Conditions

  • atonic bladder (lack of normal tone)
  • benign prostatic hyperplasia (increase in volume of a tissue or organ caused by the formation of and growth of new cells) [usually combined with Pygeum]
  • bladder tonic
  • chronic urinary tract infections
  • hypotonic bladder (reduced tone or tension) and
    incontinence and possibly enuresis (bedwetting)
  • prevention and treatment of kidney stones


  • 5-10 mL/day 1:2 liquid herbal extract
  • 15-25 g/day decoction of dried bark or root bark

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Drug Interactions:

Do not use Crataeva without first talking to your health practitioner if using any of the following medications:

  • None Known


Global Herbal Supplies has Crataeva available in the following forms

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