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LEUCAS ASPERA

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Family ► Labiatae; Laminceae.

Habitat ► Throughout India in cultivated fields, wastelands, roadsides.

English ► White Dead Nettle.

Ayurvedic ► Dronpushpi, Phalepush- paa, Kutambaka.

Siddha/Tamil ► Thumbai.

Folk ► Guumaa, Halkusa (smaller var.), Tumbaa.

Action ► Carminative, antihis- taminic, antipyretic, febrifuge, antiseptic. Used in jaundice, anorexia, dyspepsia, fever, helminthic manifestation, respiratory and skin diseases.

Flowers—given with honey for coughs and colds to children. Leaves— juice is used as an external application for psoriasis, chronic skin eruptions and painful swellings.

An alcoholic extract of leaves shows antibacterial activity.

The plant gave oleanolic acid, urso- lic acid and beta-sitosterol. The root contains a triterpenoid, leucolactone, and the sterols, sitosterol, stigmasterol and campesterol.

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Indian Medicinal Plants

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