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Family Euphorbiaceae
Euphorbia neriifolia Linn.

Scientific names  Common names 
Elaeophorbia neriifolia (L.) A.Chev. Bait (Tag.)  
Euphorbia edulis Lour. Karimbuaya (Ilk.) 
Euphorbia ligularia Roxb. ex. Buch.-Ham. Sorog-sorog (Tag.)  
Euphorbia neriifolia Linn. Soro-soro (Tag.)
Euphorbia pentagona Blanco [Illegitimate] Sudusudu (Bis.)
Tithymalus edulis (Lour.) H.Karst. Hedge euphorbia (Engl.)  
  Common milk hedge (Engl.) 
  Indian spurge tree (Engl.)
  Oleander-leaved euporbia  (Engl.) 
Euphorbia neriifolia L. is an accepted name The Plant List

Other vernacular names
BENGALI: Mansasij, Mansa-sij.
BURMESE: Shazaung-myin-na.
GERMAN: Oleander-Wolfsmilch.
HINDI: Danda thuar, Danda-thor, Gangi-chhu, Pattonkisend, Sehund, Thohar, Thoh.
KANNADA: Elegalli, Elekalli, Ilaikalli, Yalekalli, Yellikalli.
MALAY: Godong entong, Sesudu, Sudu-sudu, Suru.
MALAYALAM: Elakkalli, Ilaikalli, Ilakkalli, Kalli.
MARATHI: Mingut, Nevagunda, Newrang, Nial kamtem, Thora, Vayinivadunga.
ORIYA: Svarasana.
RUSSIAN: Molochai olyeandrolistnyj.
SANSKRIT: Gudha, Nagarika, Nanda, Nistrinsapatra, Patrasnuhi, Puttakarie, Sakhakanda, Samantadugdhaka, Seej, Sehunda.
SINHALESE: Kola pathok, Kolapathok, Patak.
SWEDISH: Oleandereuforbia.
TAMIL: Ainkonakkalli,, Anaittarukkan, Aranciruku, Caciyami, Catakkai, Ilaikkaḷḷi, Nāi nākki, Sevi kaḷḷi.
TELUGU: Aku-jemudu, Akujamuduv, Akujemudu, Akujimudu.
URDU: Thuhar.

Soro-soro is an erect, shrubby, branched, fleshy, cactus-like plant growing to 2 to 4 meters. Trunk and older branches are grayish and cylindric; medium branches slightly twisted and stout, fleshy, 4- or 5-angled or winged, the younger ones usually 3-winged, the wings lobulate, with a pair of stout, sharp, 2- to 4-millimeter long spines rising from the thickened bases of each leaf or petiole-scar. Leaves, arising from the sides of wings towards the end of the branches, are fleshy, oblong-obovate, 5 to 15 centimeters long; in young plants, longer pointed or blunt at the tip. Cymes are short, solitary in the sinuses, and usually of 3 involucres. Involucres are green or pale yellow, about 6 millimeters in diameter, with the lobes fimbriate.

- Cultivated in gardens as a hedge plant.
- Nowhere spontaneous.
- Also occurs in India to Malaya.

- Studies have yielded euphorbon, resin, gun caoutchouc, malate of calcium, among others.
- Phytochemical studies have yielded triterpenes like nerifolione, cycloartenol, euphol, euphorbiol, nerifoliene, taraxerol, ß-amyrin among others.
- Fresh latex yields 10.95% solid with 18.32% total resinous matter, and 24.50% and 16.23% of total diterpene and triterpene respectively.
- Phytochemicals yielded steroidal saponin, reducing sugar, tannins, flavonoids in the crude extract.
- Phytochemically analysis of leaves yielded flavonoids, phlobatannins, saponin, tannins, cardenoloids, phenol, and terpenoids. (see study below) (18)
- Study of an ethanol leaf extract isolated a new flavonoid: 2-(3,4-dihydroxy-5-methoxy-phenyl)-3,5-dihydroxy-6,7-dimethoxychromen-4-one. (see study below) (
- Study isolated eighteen new diterpenoids, names eurifoloids A-R (1-18) including ingenane (1 and 2), abietane (3-7), isopimarane (8-12) and ent-atisane (13-18) types, along with four known analogues. (see study below) (

- Considered purgative, rubefacient, expectorant.
- Leaves considered diuretic.
- Root is considered antiseptic.
- Latex considered purgative, diuretic, vermifuge and antiasthma.
- Studies have reported cytotoxic, antiarthritic, anti-inflammatory, wound healing and immunomodulatory properties.

Parts used
- Leaves, roots and latex.

- Roots have been used for snake bites.
- Fluid from roasted leaves used for earache.
- The milky juice used for asthma, cough, earache. Also, used as an insecticide.
- Mixed with Margosa oil and applied to limbs in rheumatism.
- Tumeric powder mixed with the juice applied to piles. Thread steeped in the same mixture used for ligaturing external hemorrhoids.
- Milky juice used internally as purgative; rubefacient, externally. Applied to glandular swellings to prevent suppuration.
- Externally, applied to sores, cysts, warts, and calluses.
- Used as a drastic purgative.
- For internal use: decoction or infusion of 10 grams for 1 liter of water, 2-3 cups daily.
- Juice of leaves used for spasmodic asthma.
- Leaves used as diuretic.
- In India, used for bronchitis, tumors, leukoderma, piles, inflammation, fever, earaches, anemia and ulcers.
- In Malaya, used for earache.
- In French Guiana, leaves are heated, squeezed, and the salted sap used for wheezing in babies, colds and stomach upsets. Also used for infected nails, fevers, coughs and diabetes in NW Guyana.
- In Ayurveda, whole plant, leaf and roots used for abdominal complaints, bronchitis, tumors, splenic enlargement, coughs and colds.

Anesthetic Activity: Both the alcoholic and aqueous extracts from the fresh stem of E neriifolia revealed significant anesthetic activity on intradermal wheal in guinea-pig and foot-withdrawal reflex in frog. (1)
Radioprotective / Cytotoxic / Leaves: Study isolated Euphol from the triterpenoidal sapogenin fraction of E neriifolia leaf which exerted moderate antioxidant activity with highly significant reduction of gamma radiation-induced chromosomal aberrations. It also showed cytotoxic activity on melanoma cell lines. Results provide scientific basis for claimed anticarcinogenic use. (2)
Wound Healing: In a research for wound healing drugs, E neriifolia was one of the Ayurvedic medicinal plants from Ayurvedic medicinal plants found to be effective in animal models. (3)
Wound Healing / Latex: Aqueous extract of latex of E. neriifolia in surgically produced cutaneous wounds in guinea pig exhibited a facilitation of the healing process as evidenced by an increase in tensile strength, DNA content, epithelization and angiogenesis.
Triterpene: Study isolated a new triterpene from the leaves and stems of Euphorbia neriifolia – glut-5(10)-en-1-one. (4)
Antifungal: Study on the antifungal activity of ethanolic extracts of medicinal plants against Fusarium
oxysporum showed various extracts with inhibition of mycelial growth. However, the bark of E neriifolia exhibited absolute toxicity against the test fungus. (5)
Dermal Irritant / Anti-Inflammatory: The presence of polycyclic diterpene esters in Euphorbia plants sap makes it highly irritant and corrosive causing skin burning, a property that discourages it use despite its many therapeutic potentials. Study of topical latex showed anti-inflammatory activity attributed to the presence of triterpenes euphol, nerifoliol, and cycloartenol. (8)
Chemoprotective Against Liver Carcinogenesis: In a study of DENA-induced liver cancer in mice, EN extract significantly restored the antioxidant enzyme level in the liver and exhibited significant dose-dependent protective effect against DENA induced liver toxicity, mainly attributed to the antioxidant property of the extract. (9)
Free Radical Scavenging / Antioxidant: Study of ethanolic extract of leaves showed EN 0ssesses antioxidant properties and could serve as free radical inhibitors or scavengers. (10)
Psychopharmacological Effects: Leaf extract of EN significantly reduced apomorphine-induced stereotype in mice, devoid of cataleptic effect, suggesting a specific dopaminergic receptor modulating activity. Results indicated anti-anxiety, anti-psychotic, and anticonvulsant activity of the leaf extract in mice and rats. Phytochemicals yielded steroidal saponin, reducing sugar, tannins, flavonoids in the crude extract. (11)
Hepatoprotective: Study of a saponin fraction isolated from the leaf of E. neriifolia on CCl4-induced hepatotoxicity in rat showed hepatoprotection comparable to silymarin. (12)
Renoprotective: Study evaluated the tissue protective effect of an isolated flavonoid and hydroalcoholic extract of E. neriifolia leaves against N-nitrosodiethylamine (DENA) induced renal carcinoma in albino mice. Results showed highest renal-protective activity among all the pretreatment groups. (15)
Diuretic / Leaves: Study evaluated the diuretic effect of a leaf extract of Soro-soro. Results showed a diuretic effect, more effective with higher concentrations, and more significant than control Diuspec. (16)
Antimicrobial / Leaves: Study evaluated a leaf extract against bacterial isolates: Staphylococcus aureus, Klebsiella pneumonia, Escherichia coli, Proteus vulgaris and Pseudomonas fluroscens. Maximum activity was noted in the chloroform extract against P. vulgaris followed by the ethanol extract against K. pneumonia. Results support the local use of the leaf for wound healing. (18)
Subacute Effects on Hematologic, Biochemical and Antioxidant Parameters: Study evaluated the effect of subacute administration of a leaf extract on hematological, biochemical, histological and antioxidant enzymes. Treatment significantly reduced glucose and lipid profile, with a significant rise in liver catalase and decrease in liver lipid peroxidantion. Results suggest safety up to 400 mg/kbw daily dose with a potential for long term use. (19)
Pharmacological Screening / Leaves: Study of a leaf hydroalcoholic extract showed: (1) an analgesic effect against thermal, mechanical, and noxious stimuli, (2) significant anti-inflammatory activity in carrageenan-induced paw edema and cotton pellet induced granuloma model, (3) effective hypernatremic and hyperchloremic diuretic effect, (4) laxative property, (5) dose-dependent gastroprotection against ethanol-induced ulceration and pyloric-ligated ulceration. (20)
New Flavonoid / Antioxidant / Leaves: Study isolated a new flavonoid 2-(3,4-dihydroxy-5-methoxy-phenyl)-3,5-dihydroxy-6,7-dimethoxychromen-4-one (C18H18O9) which possessed significant potential to scavenge free radicals, ROS and also inhibit lipid peroxidation. (21)
Eurifoloids Diterpenoids / Anti-HIV: Study isolated eighteen new diterpenoids, names eurifoloids A-R (1-18) including ingenane (1 and 2), abietane (3-7), isopimarane (8-12) and ent-atisane (13-18) types, along with four known analogues. Eurifoloids E (5) and F (6) exhibited significant anti-HIV activities. (22)
Anti-Diabetic Potential / Leaves: Study evaluated the antidiabetic potential of ethanolic extract of leaves in alloxan induced diabetic rats. Results showed a dose-dependent fall in fasting glucose with maximum effect observed at 400 mg/kg dose. (23)
Immunomodulatory / Leaves: Study evaluated the immunomodulatory activity of extracts of dried leaves of E. neriifolia and dried flowers of Hibiscus rosa sinensis by carbon clearance method, haemagglutination antibody titer, footpad swelling method on wistar albino rats. Results showed E. neriifolia was dose dependently more efficacious on immune components than H. rosa sinensis. (24)
Antithrombotic Potential: Study evaluated the antithrombotic potential of E. neriifolia in a carrageenan induced rat tail thrombosis model. Results showed the extract significantly increased the bleeding and clotting time of test animals. Activity was attributed to phytoconstituents like flavonoids and polyphenols. (25)


Godofredo U. Stuart Jr., M.D.

Last Update September 2015

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OTHER IMAGE SOURCE: Fig. 1443. Euphorbia neriifolia. / Euphorbia. Part 4 / Chest Of Books

Additional Sources and Suggested Readings
Radioprotective and In-Vitro Cytotoxic Sapogenin from Euphorbia neriifolia (Euphorbiaceae) Leaf / Papiya Bigoniya and Avtar Chand Rana / Tropical Journal of Pharmaceutical Research, December 2009; 8 (6): 521-530
Plant Medicines of Indian Origin for Wound Healing Activity: A Review / Tuhin Kanti Biswas et al / The International Journal of Lower Extremity Wounds, Vol. 2, No. 1, 25-39 (2003) / DOI: 10.1177/1534734603002001006
Crystalline constituents from euphorbiaceae—XIII : The structure of a new triterpene from Euphorbia nerifolia L. / A S R Anjeneyulu et al / Tetrahedron • Volume 29, Issue 23, 1973, Pages 3909-3914 /
Fungitoxic Properties of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants against Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. pisi. / Sahani R K and Saxena A R /

A Comprehensive Phyto-pharmacological Review of Euphorbia neriifolia Linn. / Papiya Bigoniya and A C Rana / aPharmacognosy Reviews, Volume :2, Issue :4, Supplement, July 2008 - December 2008, Pp
Wound healing activity of latex of Euphorbia neriifolia Linn / AM Rasik, A Shukla, GK Patnaik, BN Dhawan, DK Kulshrestha, S Srivastava / Indian Journ of Pharmacology, 1996, Vol 28, No 2, Pp 107-109
Dermal irritation and sensitization study of Euphorbia neriifolia latex and its anti-inflammatory efficacy
/ Papiya Bigoniya, Alok Shukla, Chandra Shekar Singh / International Journal of Phytomedicine, Vol 2, No 3, 2010
Chemoprotective activity of hydro-ethanolic extract of Euphorbia neriifolia Linn leaves against DENA-induced liver carcinogenesis in mice / Pracheta, Sharma V, Paliwal R, Sharma et al, / Biology and Medicine, Vol 3 (2) Special Issue: 36-44, 2011
/ Pracheta Veena Sharma, Ritu Paliwal, Sadhana Sharma / International Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Vol 3, Issue 1, 2011
Psychopharmacological profile of hydro-alcoholic extract of Euphorbia neriifolia leaves in mice and rats. / Bigoniya P, Rana AC / Indian J Exp Biol. 2005 Oct;43(10):859-62.
Protective effect of Euphorbia neriifolia saponin fraction on CCl4-induced acute hepatotoxicity / Papiya Bigoniya and A. C. Rana / African Journal of Biotechnology Vol. 9(42), pp. 7148-7156, 18 October, 2010
Euphorbia neriifolia / Medicinal Plants of the Guianas (Guyana, Surinam, French Guiana)
Sorting Euphorbia names / Authorised by Prof. Snow Barlow / Maintained by: Michel H. Porcher / MULTILINGUAL MULTISCRIPT PLANT NAME DATABASE / Copyright © 1997 - 2000 The University of Melbourne.
Chemopreventive role of Euphorbia neriifolia (linn) and its isolated flavonoid against n-nitrosodiethylamine-induced renal histopathological damage in male mice / Sharma V, Janmeda P. / Toxicol Int 2013;20:101-7 / DOI: 10.4103/0971-6580.111554
Effectivity of Soro-soro (Euphorbia neriifolia) Leaf extracts as a Diuretic / Ryana Anjela DR. Quero / Dept of Science and Technology, Region III, Central Luzon.
Euphorbia neriifolia L. / Synonyms / The Plant List
Phytochemical and antimicrobial studies of leaf extract of Euphorbia neriifolia / Kumara swamy M.*, Neeraj Pokharen, Santosh Dahal and Anuradha M. / Journal of Medicinal Plants Research Vol. 5(24), pp. 5785-5788, 30 October, 2011
Subacute Effect of Euphorbia neriifolia Linn. On Hematological, Biochemical and Antioxidant Enzyme Parameters of Rat / P. Bigoniya and A.C. Rana / Academic Journal of Plant Sciences 2 (4): 252-259, 2009
Extraction, isolation and identification of flavonoid from Euphorbia neriifolia leaves / Veena Sharma, Pracheta Janmeda / Arabian Journal of Chemistry
Eurifoloids A–R, Structurally Diverse Diterpenoids from Euphorbia neriifolia / Jin-Xin Zhao, Cui-Ping Liu, Wei-Yan Qi, Mei-Ling Han, Ying-Shan Han, Mark A Wainberg, and Jian-Min Yue* / J. Nat. Prod., 2014, 77 (10), pp 2224–2233 / DOI: 10.1021/np5004752
Anti diabetic Potential of Euphorbia neriifolia Linn. in Alloxan Induced Diabetic Rats / Mansuri, Mushir I.; Patel, Vishnu M. / Journal of Pharmacy Research;2012, Vol. 5 Issue 5, p2571
Investigation of Immunomodulatory Potential of Hydro-Alcoholic Extracts of Euphorbia neriifolia Linn. and Hibiscus rosa sinensis Linn. / KALPESH GAUR, M.L. KORI AND R.K. NEMA / HIND MEDICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Protective effect of Euphorbia neriifolia extract on experimentally induced thrombosis in murine model / Muzaffar Hasan, Aditya Ganeshpurkar, Divya Bansal, Nazneen Dubey / Nigerian Journal of Experimental and Clinical Biosciences, 2014, Vol 2, Issue 2, pp 86-89 / DOI: 10.4103/2348-0149.144842

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