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Synonym ► Ambroma augusta Linn. f.

Family ► Sterculiaceae.

Habitat ► Throughout the hotter and moister parts of India, from Punjab and Uttar Pradesh, eastwards to Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya and Tripura, ascending to 1,200 m, southwards in Peninsular India.

English ► Perennial Indian Hemp, Devil’s Cotton.

Ayurvedic ► Pishaacha Kaarpaasa, Pivari.

Unani ► Ulat-kambal.

Siddha/Tamil ► Sivapputtuti.

Folk ► Kumal, Sanukapaasi.

Action ► Rootbark—emmena- gogue (used for dysmenorrhoea, amenorrhoea), abortifacient, galac- totrophic.

The root contains abromine (betaine), friedelin, abromasterol, abro- masterol A, choline, beta-sitosterol, stigmasterol and octacosanol. Leaves, reported to be useful in treating uterine disorders, contain taraxerol, its acetate and lupeol.

Dosage ► Leaf juice—10-20 ml. Rootbarkpowder—3-6 g. (CCRAS.)

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