(Roxb.) K. Schum.Synonym ► H. ada-kodien Schult. H. rheedii Wall. Asclepias annularis Roxb.Family ► Asclepiadaceae.Habitat ► Tropical Himalayas and Western Peninsula. Cultivated in Dharmapuri district of Tamil Nadu.Ayurvedic ► Ark-pushpi.Siddha/Tamil ► Palay-keerai.Action ► Roots—used in orchitis, spermatorrhoea, also as laxative. Roots are used as Jivanti in Kerala (See also Leptadenia reticulata.)The tubers contain protein (5.510%). It gave alpha-amyrin, lupeol and beta-sitosterol. Aspartic acid, glycine, serine, threonine and valine were detected chromatographically.The bark gave alpha-amyrin, lupeol and beta-sitosterol.
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