Can you identify this shrub, I was given to chew leaves from for my stomach?

When I was in Southern India, my landlord, Indian guy, gave me one leaf from this plant to chew, when I told him, I had problems with my stomach. There were no problems with poisoning for me or anything, but I just felt uncomfortable with my stomach, which was a usual problem for me recently, even before India. So, after chewing one leaf (it has a bitter taste), my stomach really improved. I forgot what was the name of the bush in Hindi.

The shrub has small prickles.

Can you help me to identify this miracle shrub with the healing leaves? 🙂 Thank you!

Can you identify this shrub, I was given to chew leaves from for my stomach?

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Can you identify this shrub, I was given to chew leaves from for my stomach?

Vice Professor Asked on March 2, 2016 in Shrubs & Bushes.
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    We think it is Caesalpinia bonduc, commonly known as Gray Nicker, is a species of flowering plant in the senna family, Caesalpiniaceae, that has a pantropical distribution. The leaves have a bitter taste and considered good for colitis (& stomach problems). Caesalpinia bonduc is used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat many different diseases.  You can read here

    Professor Answered on March 7, 2016.
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