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Synonym ► P. cineraria Druce.

Family ► Mimosaceae.

Habitat ► Dry and acrid regions of India.

Ayurvedic ► Shami, Tungaa, Keshahantri, Shankuphalaa.

Siddha/Tamil ► Kalisam.

Action ► Pod—astringent, pectoral, demulcent. Bark—anti- inflammatory, antirheumatic. Flower—administered to prevent miscarriage.

The stem bark contains vitamin K, n-octacosyl acetate, the long chain aliphatic acid. Presence of glucose, rhamnose, sucrose and starch is also reported.

A cytotoxic principle, patulibin, has been isolated from flowers.

Dosage ► Leaf, fruit—3-5 g powder, 50-100 ml decoction. (CCRAS.)

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