Species: Cardiospermum halicacabum var halicacabum
(Lesser Balloon Vine, Heart pea, Winter Cherry, Love-in-a-puff, Blaasklimop (Afrikaans))
It is just amazing how much can be learnt from the internet. You just have to insert the correct search words to open up a wealth of information. In this case, just the species name of this beautiful plant opened up wonderful facts about such a humble little vine.
This alien from tropical Asia supposedly has medicinal properties and has been tested in a study for antidiarrheal and homoeopathic properties.
Apparently various forms of gel, cream and shampoo products are available in the market for use on the skin for itching, itching, eczema, inflammation, rashes, swelling, scaling, blisters, burning and pain. It is also marketed as a natural relief for hay fever, allergies, sneezing, watery eyes and allergic reactions.
The roots are considered as diaphoretic, diuretic and aperient and are apparently administered for fever. Furthermore it is claimed to be used by tribes in Asia and Africa for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.
Please refer to the link below for more information, it is a scientific report about these claims, but understandable for non-scientists.
For Further Reading:
- MORPHOLOGICAL AND HISTOLOGICAL STUDIES OF CARDIOSPERMUM HALICACABUM L. EXPLANTS IN CALLUS CULTURE. Patil, D. Jan 2012. Journal of Cell and Tissue Research