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ISATIS TINCTORIA

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Family ► Crucifere; Brassicaceae.

Habitat ► Native to Afghanistan and Western Tibet. Now cultivated as an ornamental.

English ► Dyer’s Woad.

Action ► Plant—used in the form of an ointment for ulcers, oedematous and malignant tumours. Leaves— antimicrobial, antifungal.

The aerial parts yield tryptanthrin, indole-3-acetonitrile and p-coumaric acid methylester.

The roots contain anti-blood platelet aggregation constituents, uridine, hy- poxanthine, uracil and salicylic acid together with indigo, palmitic acid and beta-sitosterol.

In China, tablets made from the leaves and roots of Isatis tinctoria and Artemisia scoparia have been found to be effective in treating hepatitis B patients.

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Indian Medicinal Plants

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