Linn.Synonym ► A. acuminata Wall. ex RoyleFamily ► Ranunculaceae.Habitat ► Native to Europe; grows in temperate Himalayas from Hazara to Bhutan.English ► Baneberry Grapewort.Folk ► Visha-phale (Kannada).Action ► Root—antirheumatic, anti-inflammatory, nerve sedative, emetic, purgative; used in the treatment of rheumatic fever, lumbago, scrofula, nervous disorders, chorea.The plant is reported to contain trans-aconitic acid, which shows a strong cytostatic action. Its Me ether is active against Ehrlich’s ascites tumours.In folk medicine, roots are used in cases of ovarian neuralgia, uterine tenderness and sub-involution. They are adulterant of the roots of Helleborus niger. Berries are poisonous; used topically for skin diseases. The toxic constituent is protoanemonin (lactone). It is irritant to mucous membrane.
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