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POPULUS ALBA

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Family ► Salicaceae.

Habitat ► Northwestern Himalaya at 1,200-3,000 m, also grown in avenues.

English ► White Poplar.

Folk ► Safedaa, Jangali Fraas.

Action ► Bark—antirheumatic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antipyretic, diuretic, febrifuge, stimulant, antiseptic. Used for arthritis, rheumatic affections, cystitis and other urinary diseases, stomach and liver disorders, anorexia and debility.

Key application ► Unopened leaf- buds externally for haemorrhoids, frostbite and sunburn. (German Commission E.)

The bark contains glycosides, salicin and populin, erisin and tannin (5-9%). Salicin, a bitter tonic and antiperiod- ic, is used like quinine in intermittent fever, also in rheumatism.

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Indian Medicinal Plants

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