(Linn. f.) F. N. Williams.Synonym ► B. hispada (L.) K. Sch. Spermacoce hispida Linn.Family ► Rubiaceae.Habitat ► Throughout India, as a weed in cultivated and sallow lands and pastures.English ► Shaggy Button Weed.Ayurvedic ► Madana-ghanti.Siddha/Tamil ► Nathaichoori.Folk ► Ghanti-chi-bhaaji (Maharashtra), Gatbhanjan, Satgathiyaa.Action ► Herb—used in the treatment of headache. Root—prescribed as a mouthwash in toothache. Leaf— juice is given as an astringent in haemorrhoids. Seeds—used as demulcent in diarrhoea and dysentery.The weed contains beta-sitosterol, ursolic acid and D-mannitol. It is rich in calcium and phosphorus. Isorham- netin, a flavonoid, is reported in the seeds.
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