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OSMANTHUS FRAGRANS

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Family ► Obleaceae.

Habitat ► Native to China and Japan. Found in Kumaon, Garhwal and Sikkim.

Ayurvedic ► Vasuka (Also equated with Brihat Bakula.)

Folk ► Silang, Silingi, Bagahul, Buuk.

Action ► Diuretic, genitourinary tract disinfectant.

Flowers—antiseptic, insecticidal. Used for protecting clothes from insects.

The flowers yield an oil containing oleanolic and urosolic acids, beta- sitosterol, glycosides and a wax (0.04%) composed mainly of triacontane. The leaves are reported to contain a philly- rin-like glycoside.

Osmanthus suavis King, known as Silingi in Nepal and Chashing in Bhutan, is found in eastern Himalayas at altitudes of 2,700-3,000 m and in Aka hills in Assam. It is used as a var. of Vasuka.

Dosage ► Flower—500 mg to 1 g powder. (CCRAS.)

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Indian Medicinal Plants

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