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Family ► Liliaceae.

Habitat ► The Himalaya from Nepal to Bhutan, Assam and Bihar.

Ayurvedic ► Shveta-Musali. (Considered different from Asparagus adscendens Roxb.)

Unani ► Musali Safed, Biskandri.

Siddha/Tamil ► Vallaimusali.

Folk ► Nising, Tibbati Ginseng.

Action ► Tuber—nervine and general tonic. The plant is used as a substitute for onion. Fried powder of the root is chewed in aphthae of mouth and throat. A decoction of the root with turmeric is given in rheumatism.

The roots contain a bibenzyl xylo- side, the steroidal sapogenins, besides stigmasterol and its glucoside, nona- cosane and tetracosanoic, and triacon- tanoic acids.

The root extract exhibited good adaptogenic properties. The fruits yield a polysaccharide, galactoglucan.

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