Wall. ex Benth.Family ► Labiatae Lamiaceae.Habitat ► The sub-Himalayan tract, plains of Punjab and the upper Gangetic plain.Ayurvedic ► Neelkanthi.Folk ► Ratapaati (Kumaon), Khur- banti (Punjab).Action ► Astringent, febrifugal (given in intermittent fever), stimulant, aperient, diuretic. Used for the treatment of gout and rheumatism; also for amenorrhoea. Juice of the leaves—blood purifier. The powder is used for burns and boils. The leaves are used in fever as a substitute for cinchona.An aqueous extract of the leaves showed diuretic activity. An alkaloidal fraction showed stimulant action on the perfused frog heart. The plant exhibited anticancer activity.
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