Linn.Family ► Chenopodiaceae.Habitat ► A common herb. Its leaves and tender twigs are used as vegetable and fodder.English ► Fat Hen, Lamb’s Quarter, White Goosefoot, Wild Spinach, Pigweed.Ayurvedic ► Vaastuuka.Unani ► Bathuaa, Baathu.Siddha/Tamil ► Paruppukeerai.Folk ► Bathuaa, Chilli, Chilli-shaakAction ► Laxative, anthelmintic against round-and hookworms, blood-purifier, antiscorbutic. An infusion is used for hepatic disorders, spleen enlargement, biliousness, intestinal ulcers. Used for treating burns.The leaves yield ascaridole, used for treating round-and hookworms. The oil also contain traces of ascaridole. Plant contains 8% saponins. Cryp- tomeridiol, isolated from the seeds, showed significant growth promoting activity.
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