Poir.Synonym ► Artemisia maderaspatana Linn.Family ► Compositae; Asteraceae.Habitat ► Throughout the greater part of India.Ayurvedic ► Aakaarakarabha substitute (doubtful).Siddha/Tamil ► Maasipathri.Folk ► Mastaru, Mukhatari, Maachipatri (Maharashtra).Action ► Leaf—stomachic, antispas- modic, sedative, emmenagogue, deobstruent, antiseptic. Used in amenorrhoea.Aerial parts of the plant afforded clerodane derivatives. Presence of phytol, lupeol, p-hydroxybenzoic acid, a phenylalanine derivative, hardwicki- ic acid, strictic acid and butenolides, is reported. Aura amide was also isolated from the aerial parts.A mixture of flavonoids extracted from the aerial parts exhibited oestro- genicity and anti-implantation activity in mice. A crude extract of the plant exhibited strong cytotoxic activity.
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