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ALTERNANTHERA SESSILIS

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(Linn.) R. Br. ex DC.

Synonym ► A. triandra Lam. A. denticulata R. Br. A. repens Gmel. Non-Link.

Family ► Amaranthaceae.

Habitat ► Throughout the hotter parts of India, especially around tanks and ponds.

Ayurvedic ► Matsyaakshi, Matsyaak- shika (a multimeaning name, also indicating Braahmi, Ain- dri), Matsyagandhaa, Matsyaa- dini, Minaakshi, Bahli, Gandali, Gartkalambukaa, Vaahlikaa.

Unani ► Machhechhi.

Siddha/Tamil ► Ponnonkanni keerai.

Folk ► Gudari Saag.

Action ► Febrifuge, galactagogue, cholagogue.

Along with other therapeutic applications, The Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia of India indicates the use of dried whole plant in diseases due to vitiated blood and obstinate skin diseases.

Young shoots contain protein 5% and iron 16.7 mg/100 g. Leaves also contain a good amount of alpha- and beta-tocopherols.

The plant gave stigmasterol, beta- sitosterol, a saturated aliphatic hydrocarbon and aliphatic ester.

Dosage ► Whole plant—2-6 g powder. (API Vol. II.)

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