Thoodhuvalai to cure tuberculosis

Tuberculosis is a disease caused by myco-bacterium bacteria and it mainly affects the lungs. The symptoms may be fever, loss of weight, coughing with mucous or blood, loss of appetite, and fatigue.

Climbing brinjal (Thoodhuvalai in tamil) is a medicinal plant used traditionally to cure numerous ailments such as tuberculosis, asthma, and cough. The leaves and the whole plant contains many phytochemicals such as alkaloid, steroidal, solasodine thereby the plant shows anti-mitotic, anti-bacterial, anti-tumour, and anti-fungal activities.

In siddha and ayurvedha the leaves of climbing brinjal has been used to treat tuberculosis and lung congestion. Take ¼ cup of fresh climbing brinjal leaves, remove thorns from the leaves, add garlic, asafoetida, cumin seeds, black pepper, tomato and salt. Boil all these ingredients with approximately 2 glasses of water. Allow to boil for 5 minutes and get soup. Prepare and drink this soup every day.

Climbing brinjal is rich in calcium, iron, fat, carbohydrates, phosphorous, minerals and fibre. As it contains many nutrients and antioxidants, it cures various diseases like diabetes, lung cancer, cholera, asthma, diarrhea, malaria, tuberculosis, cold and cough.

The root of climbing brinjal has anti-inflammatory characteristics.

The purified extract of the plant possess anti-cancerous properties. It has the ability to slow down the development of solid tumours.

The antioxidant properties of climbing brinjal makes it superior for diabetic treatment.

The juice of the leaves mixed with honey cures asthma a chronic disease destructing the airways. The herbal drink made with leaves possess anti-inflammatory property, thus cures infection.

Thoothuvalai herbal drink or kashayam is used to treat cold and cough.

The leaves extract is put in ears to cure ear problems.

While cooking with thoothuvalai leaves, remove the thorns as they are believed to be mildly toxic.

Research evidence(s)

Evidence 1

Solanum trilobatum (Thoothuvalai in Tamil), a plant, commonly used in Siddha medicine for respiratory infections. The plant showed 90% reduction in Mycobacterium growth when compared with control drug, against both H37Rv and MDR strains. The plant showed significant activity against MDR-TB than H37- Rv strain in another study. Leaves, fruits, whole plant, root are indicated for cough, phlegm in chest, breathlessness, and fever in Siddha medicine. (Sivaraj & Leo, 2016)


Sivaraj, B. & Leo, N. A., 2016. Could Siddha Medicine Be A Solution To ‘Poor People’s Disease’, The Tuberculosis?. European Journal Of Pharmaceutical And Medical Research, pp. 171-176.

Evidence 2

The decoction of the plant (Climbing brinjal) is given to reduce obesity. Leaf decoction is administered to treat asthma and tuberculosis. (Maheshwari, 2000)


Maheshwari, J. K., 2000. Ethnobotany and medicinal plants of Indian subcontinent. s.l.:Scientific Publishers (India).

Evidence 3

Phytochemical screening of this plant extract proved the presence of major bioactive drugs such as sobatum, solasodine, tomatidine, disogenin and solaine in various parts of the plant including leaf, stem, root, flowers and berries to treat various diseases like tuberculosis, respiratory problems and bronchial asthma. (Balakrishnan, Gani, Subrahmanyam, & Shanmugam, 2015)


Balakrishnan, P., Gani, T., Subrahmanyam, S., & Shanmugam, K. (2015). A perspective on bioactive compounds from Solanum trilobatum. Journal of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Research, 507-512.

Read the recipe to know how to treat tuberculosis with climbing brinjal.

How to treat tuberculosis with climbing brinjal (Thoodhuvalai) – DIY

  • 1/4 Cup Climbing brinjal (Known as Thoodhuvalai in Tamil)
  • 3-4 Garlic pods
  • less 1/4 teaspoon Asafoetida
  • 5 Black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cumin seed
  • 1/2 Tomato
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 250 ml Water
  1. To make this soup use climbing brinjal, garlic, asafoetida, black pepper, cumin seed, tomato, salt and water.
  2. Remove skin and chop garlic pods.
  3. Chop tomato into small pieces.
  4. Clean climbing brinjal leaves, remove thorns and chop the leaves.
  5. Add 1/4 teaspoon of cumin seed to mortar.
  6. Add 5 black pepper.
  7. Add chopped garlic to mortar.
  8. Crush all the ingredients.
  9. Add 250 ml water to pan.
  10. Add chopped climbing brinjal leaves.
  11. Add chopped tomato.
  12. Add crushed ingredients.
  13. Add less 1/4 teaspoon of asafoetida.
  14. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt.
  15. Boil all ingredients for at least 5 to 7 minutes.
  16. Strain the water.
  17. Add chopped coriander leaves.
  18. Climbing brinjal or Thoodhuvalai soup is done.

Drink this soup once daily to treat tuberculosis.

Kalaivani Selvaraj, MBA, got her Master’s degree in Human Resources. Due to her interest in natural healing, she pursued studies in the field of alternative medicine and is certified in Aromatherapy by Isla Verde Spa Training Academy. Ms. Kalaivani Selvaraj is also certified by Stanford University School of Medicine in Introduction to Food and Health.