Cerbera odollam, is a tree that grows in the swamp and marshy areas of India and southern Asia. Going by the common name “Pong-pong”. J Forensic Leg Med. Aug; doi: / Epub May 9. Cerbera odollam toxicity: A review. Menezes RG(1), Usman. J Ethnopharmacol. Dec;95() Cerbera odollam: a ‘suicide tree’ and cause of death in the state of Kerala, India. Gaillard Y(1), Krishnamoorthy A, .

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Singapore University Press, Singapore. In suicides and homicides people use what is available to them, which is why even in the United States we see such drastic regional differences. Pong Pong Tree Status: Notify me of new comments via email. crebera

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Digoxin from foxglove is only mildly biotransformed in humans. The kernels of C. Wayside trees of Malaya. Investigations have also been made into the feasibility cerebra using the seeds as a feedstock in the production of biodiesel. Apocynaceae Flora of tropical Asia Decorative fruits and seeds Poisonous plants.

Cerbera odollam Leaves, flowers and seeds of C. It bears a fruit known as Othalanga Malayalam: The seed can cause poisoning in humans and symptoms include nausea and vomiting.


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Cerbera odollam: a ‘suicide tree’ and cause of death in the state of Kerala, India.

Human Uses The seed of this plant is poisonous and have been used in the Phillippines to stupefy fish. Cerberin is a cardiac glycoside, which is a class of organic compounds that slows your heart rate.

Read more about the Apocynaceae family. They sit inside an edible fruit, after all. Description A medium-sized tree growing to 15 m in height.

An illustrated dictionary of Chinese medicinal herbs. It has a rounded crown with leaves that are simple, elliptical and spirally arranged. It’s a killer weapon that can fly under the radar extremely easily, even under the nose of medical professionals. She presented to the ED with complaints of naseau, vommiting, and chest tightness. Read more about the Gentianales order. World Scientific Publishing Co.

The medical term for that is hyperkalemia, and is actually induced in rare instances by the injection of potassium chloride…in lethal injections. Flowers are white with a yellow center and grow in clusters.

Cerbers in addition to all the cardiac effects, odlllam also induces nasuea and vomitting. If you wish to contribute any images, documents, videos or other forms of media, or if you have any queries….


These compounds are used in some medications, and it’s not hard to see how a little too much of them would be a very, very bad thing.

The increase of calcium leads to an increase in heart contractility inotropy 1, for a review. General Biology This tree is common on seashores and mangroves but have also been planted in many parts of the island.

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He was not a professor — just a clever toxic steroid chemist trying everything to get ahead. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here It avoids confusion, and life is too short to be dazed and crebera.

Singapore Institute cerbea Biology, Singapore. Take a look at the structure of cerberin, then take a look at the structure of oleandrinfrom Oleander.