Capparis mooni – Rudanti

An Overview, Benefits, Side Effects and Interactions

Family Name: Capparidaceae

Botanical Name: Capparis mooni Wight

English Name: Large caper

Hindi/Sanskrit Name: Rudanti

Taste: Astringent, Bitter

Nature: Hot

Parts Used: Fruit

Dosage: Powder 3-6 gm


C.mooni is a large, woody, thorny evergreen climber with hairy cottony white flowers and globose, glabrous reddish-brown berries. It is native to South West India and Sri Lanka, abundant in coastal areas. The plant is used both in Ayurvedic and Unani systems of medicine.

Mode of Action

  1. Ayurvedic Doshas: The plant balances all the three doshas – Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
  2. The fruit exhibit the properties – anti-inflammatory, mucolytic, antitussive, bronchodilator, anti-asthma, anti-tubercular and rasayana.

Therapeutic Benefits

  1. It is said to be an effective treatment for Bronchitis, Asthma and Tuberculosis.
  2. It is effective in treating sores, burns and wounds. [2]
  3. An extract of the fruit is used in commercial cosmetic preparations as an antimicrobial and antioxidant. [3]

Side Effects and Risk Factors

There is insufficient evidence regarding the safety of C.mooni in Pregnancy and Breastfeeding, hence should be AVOIDED in Pregnancy, BreastFeeding and Children under 2 years of age.

Talk with your Health care provider before using Capparis mooni.



  1. DRAVYAGUNA-VIJNANA Vol.2 (vegetable Drugs) by Prof. P.V.Sharma, Chaukhambha Bharati Academy, Varanasi, Sixteenth Edition:1995. 9th Chapter, Jwaraghnadi varga: Shoshhar drugs: Rudanti (page no.-829)
  2. HERBS, Useful in Dermatological Therapy by Prof.P.N.Behl, Prof.R.B.Arora, Dr. G.Srivastava, Dr. S.C.Malhotra. First Edition 1993. Published by CBS Publishers & Distributors. Rudanti (page number 44).
  3. Capparis moonii – Useful Tropical Plants

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