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BRASSICA NIGRA

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(Linn.) Koch.

Family ► Cruciferae; Brassicaceae.

Habitat ► Cultivated in Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.

English ► Black Mustard.

Ayurvedic ► Banarasi Raai, Raajika (var.).

Unani ► Khardal Siyah. Siddha/Tamil ► Kadugu. Folk ► Raai.

Action ► Seeds are used for treating coryza with thin excoriating discharge with lacrimation, sneezing and hacking cough, nostril blockage and dry and hot feeling of pharyngitis.

The seeds contain glucosinolate sin- igrin, which produces allyl isothio- cyanate when mixed with warm water. Allyl isothiocynate acts as a counterir- ritant when diluted (1:50).

Brayera anthelmintica Kunth.

Synonym ► Hagenia abyssinica (Bruce) J. F. Gmelin.

Family ► Rosaceae.

Habitat ► Indigenous to north-east Africa. Imported into Mumbai.

English ► Cusso, Brayera.

Folk ► Kusso.

Action ► Anthelmintic. Administered in the form of an infusion for the expulsion of tapeworm (ineffective against hookworm, roundworm, whipworm). Irritant to mucous membrane; produces nausea, vomiting and colic in large doses.

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Indian Medicinal Plants

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