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Family ► Compositae; Asteraceae.

Habitat ► Throughout India.

English ► Globe-Thistle, Camel’s Thistle.

Ayurvedic ► Utkantaka, Uttundaka, Brahmadandi.

Folk ► Uunta-Kateraa.

Action ► Alterative, diuretic, nerve tonic (used in hoarse cough, dyspepsia, scrofula, hysteria.)

Aerial parts of the plant contain alkaloids, echinopsine, echinopsidine and echinozolinone. Taraxasterol acetate, isolated from the plant, is a potent anti-inflammatory constituent; the ethanolic extract of the whole plant is more effective when administered parenterally than orally. Api- genin and its derivatives, echinacin and echinaticin show antifungal activity.

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Indian Medicinal Plants

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