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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But we do have the internet, and the ability to order damned near anything online, and that is precisely what one year old Maryland woman did. But I do hope she received additional help and support. The story of this deadly tree takes an even darker turn, believe it or not. Singapore Institute of Biology, Singapore. Dr M Goes Wild. There’s enough cerebin in one Cerbera odollam seed to kill an adult human. Is the sugar moiety hydrolyzed by stomach acid or intestinal microbial enzymes?

If so, is the aglycone the true toxin?

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Written by Joanie Faletto February 13, The poisoning may also result in hyperkalemia, which can cause death. Prassas, Ioannis, and Eleftherios P. This page was last edited on 11 Decemberat Sign up for our daily email here.

The Cerbera odollamfor instance, is a perfectly beautiful, lush tree. Written by Joanie Faletto. An illustrated, scientific and medicinal approach. When deactivated, sodium accumulates inside the cell, which then leads to an increase of intracellular calcium and extracellular potassium.


By continuing to use our site, you accept our use of cookies, our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. 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. Also, I was no good in any way, and he already had one very slick young boy working for him at the time — who since then became a faculty at Columbia and is famous for some retracted papers…. The Digital Nature Archive of Singapore is built up by the help of various people: In Indonesia, oil obtained from the seeds have also been used for medicinal purposes.

Cerberin: The Heartbreaker of the Suicide Tree | Nature’s Poisons

Wedam, and John E. The seed can cause poisoning in humans and symptoms include nausea and vomiting. Things that sound complicated are cerbeea expensive, and this is no exception. This unassuming plant isn’t called the “suicide tree” for nothing. Get smarter each time you open a new tab with the Curiosity Smart Tab Chrome extension. Pong Pong Tree Status: The plant as a whole yields a milky, white latex. It has also been used as rat poison. Notify me of new posts via email.

The increase of calcium leads to an increase in heart contractility inotropy 1, for a review. Anything I can do to contribute to Org Prep Daily is an honor. Cerbera odollam is known by a number of vernacular names, depending on the region. Curiosity uses cookies to improve site performance, for analytics and for advertising.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Temporary cardiac pacing has been used in the management, apart from other supportive measures. Testing for cerberin poisoning is relatively costly and requires the use of “high-performance liquid chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry,” which isn’t even a cwrbera option in some locations.


The bark, latex and roots of this plant is being used in India as purgatives and emetics. You are commenting using your Twitter account. Cerbera odollam Leaves, flowers and seeds of C. Her serum potassium and calcium levels were high, 7. From Wikipedia, oodollam free encyclopedia.

Ingesting a seed will kill a person in just a few hours, but first, it’ll cause crippling stomach verbera, diarrhea, irregular heart rhythm, vomiting, and a headache. Download the free app.

She presented to the ED with complaints of naseau, vommiting, and chest tightness.

The good news is that Digibind cross-reacts works with a wide range of cardiac glycosides — like oleandrin, digoxin, and cerberin.

Description A medium-sized tree growing to 15 m in height.

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

Menu Skip to content. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Whatever you want to call it, just keep your distance. This tree is common on seashores and mangroves but have also been planted in many parts of the island. It’s a killer weapon that can fly under the radar cerberz easily, even under the nose of medical professionals.