Benefits of Mudakathan Keerai

BALLOON VINE (or) MUDAKATHAN KEERAI – Cardiospermum halicacabum

Do you have any unruly plants on your garden or farm? This plant has been growing here, at this very same spot for the past 2 years now. What did you say, “You can’t find it, is it?” Exactly my point. Now you can imagine my plight every time I have to look for it!

I have tried everything to transplant it to a different location where the soil is better and where we can take better care of it. But no. It won’t grow anywhere else and would die on us every time we try. It has found its spot somewhere between the Jamun tree and the Sapota (Chikku) tree. And as it grows adamantly only among copious weeds, it is such a challenge to locate it when I want some. I basically just blindly match in the direction that it grows, keeping a keen look out for this plant and after a few minutes of frantic search, I locate it. This is exactly how I have to hunt it down Every. Single. Time.


This adamant creeper is Mudakathan keerai, commonly called Balloon vine in English. You will probably understand why it is called “Balloon” vine if you see this next picture.


After many such blind hunts later, finally some good sense prevailed and I decided to build a make-shift trellis for it. Not that it needs a trellis for support or anything but for my convenience. This way at least, I can easily spot it and it won’t get mowed down during random weeding sessions.






Of all the common leafy greens we consume, this one has some Unique benefits; You will be bowled over by their uses!

  • Mudakathan keerai or leaves has strong anti-inflammatory properties.
  • This is one of the Best Greens for joint pain, swelling in the joints and is effective for rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Mudakathan is used in Indian traditional medicine system for the treatment of rheumatism and stiffness of limbs.
  • It has also been found effective in treating lumbago, cough and some nervous diseases.
  • It gives noticeable relief in patients of arthritis, joint pain and even gout patients.
  • It’s anti-inflammatory properties make it an effective home remedy for rheumatoid arthritis and nervous breakdown.
  • Mudakathan keerai is widely used for treating ear pain, cough and cold.
  • The plant have special gastric benefits and mild laxative properties.
  • Decoction made by boiling leaves in water and the powder form are consumed to treat constipation and stomach pain.
  • It is also well known to relieve menstrual cramping and dysmenorrhoea.
  • Mudakathan keerai is often used to improve energy level and reduce general tiredness.
  • Mudakathan keerai is also beneficial for skin problems. It is known to give relief from dandruff and itchy scalp when it is applied in the form of a paste on to the scalp and hair.

If you liked reading this, I am sure you will love reading about Thalik keerai and Musumusukkai  Click to read…these lesser known greens are amazing! Oh, you will love it for sure! Once done, check out the recipes below for Mudakathan keerai.



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7 thoughts on “Benefits of Mudakathan Keerai”

    1. I actually didn’t plant them or grow them from seed. In my case I just found them growing on my farm. Probably came from neighbouring area.

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  2. Praful H Bhandari

    Themodakathan ends or shoot needs to be regularly clipped for it to grow and if you collect the balloons they have seeds which can be collected and sowed at a place of your choice but before seeding put a lot of compost it will come. What all greens do you have

    1. This mudakathan creeper grew as a weed on my farm. I never sowed seeds for this…It just grows and i leave it wherever it grows taking care to add compost and water. I also have thalik keerai, pasalai, agathi, murungai, sukkan etc

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