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CASSYTHA FILIFORMIS

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Family ► Lauraceae

Habitat ► Throughout the greater parts of India.

English ► Doddar-Laurel, Love-Vine.

Ayurvedic ► Amarvalli, Aakaashbel. (Cuscuta reflexa is also known as Amarvalli.)

Siddha/Tamil ► Erumaikkottan.

Action ► Astringent, diuretic (given in dropsy and anasarca, also in biliousness, chronic dysentery, haemoptysis and for supressing lactation after still-birth); piscicidal and insecticidal (used as a hair-wash for killing vermin).

The plant contains aporphine alkaloids. calcium, phosphorus, thiamine, riboflavin and niacin; also tocopherols. Nuts, crushed with vinegar and barley flour, are used against indurations of breast. The extract of nuts exhibits possibility of its use as a platelet inhibitor in thrombosis and atherosclerosis. Leaves are inhibitors of pectinolytic enzymes.

American chestnut and European chestnut are equated with Castanea dentata and C. sativa,respectively. Both are used for respiratory ailments.

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