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Family ► Zingiberaceae.

Habitat ► Central Himalaya, Bihar, West Bengal, Maharashtra and South India.

English ► East Indian Arrowroot, Travancore Starch.

Ayurvedic ► Tvakshira, Tvakshiri.

Unani ► Tikhur, Tabaasheer.

Siddha/Tamil ► Ararut-gaddalu.

Action ► Starch—Cooling, demulcent, nutritious; used for asthma and bronchitis, as a substitute for Vansalochana (Bamboo-manna). Oil—antibacterial, antifungal, anthelmintic against tape worms. Rhizome—used for fever, diarrhoea, gravel, swellings and skin diseases.

The rhizomes yield 9.4% of an essential oil containing alpha-pinene 1.90, beta-pinene 17.92, d-ar-curcumene 27.84, d-camphor 12.20, d-alpha-terpi- neol 13.40, borneol 7.0, zingiberol 9.48 and a sesquiterpene alcohol 8.0%.

Dosage ► Rhizome—5-10 g powder. (CCRAS.)

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Indian Medicinal Plants

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