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Originally a tropical plant belonging to the Sapindaceae family (soap tree plants; lat. sapo = soap). The saponin-containing fruits, which foam up in water, are traditionally used for washing. The name of the plant (monk's head) is derived from the shape of its seeds, which resembles a monk's head. The leaves of the balloon vine (see Cardiospermum-halicacababum leaves below) are mainly used medicinally.
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In Germany, a white-flowering species is used to obtain the homeopathic mother tincture. Especially the fresh above-ground parts of the flowering plant are needed.
Ointments with balloon vine should not be applied to open or bacterially infected wounds.
LiteratureThis section has been translated automatically.
- Khunkitti W et al (2000) In vitro antifilarial activity of extracts of the medicinal plant Cardiospermum halicacabum against Brugia pahangi. J Helminthol 74:241-246
- Merklinger S et al (1995) Eczema treatment with Cardiospermum halicacabum. Cschr. for phythotherapy 16: 263-266
- Reuter J et al (2010) Which plant for which skin disease? Part 1 JDDG 10: 788-796