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POTENTILLA NEPALENSIS

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Family ► Rosaceae.

Habitat ► The Himalayas from Kashmir to Kumaon.

Folk ► Ratanjot (substitute).

Action ► Rootstocks—depurative; ash, mixed with oil, is applied to burns.

Unani ► Baadiyaan-kohi, Karafs-e- kohi, Fitraasaaliyun (also equated with Petroselinum crispum Mill. Nym. ex auct. Kew.).

Folk ► Komal.

Action ► Root and fruit—diuretic, emmenagogue. An infusion of root is given for indigestion and irregular menses.

The roots and umbels yielded cou- marins and their glycosides. Osthol (7-methoxy-8-isop entenyl-coumarin), which occurs in the dried roots up to the extent of 3.6%, has been found to be a potent respiratory and circulatory stimulant in experimental animals. Its respirotonic effect was more marked than that of coramine, leptazol and caffeine.

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