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RANUNCULUS ARVENSIS

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Family ► Ranunculaceae.

Habitat ► The Western Himalayas from Kashmir to Kumaon.

English ► Corn Buttercup.

Folk ► Chambul (Punjab). Gager- kanda (Kashmir).

Action ► Used in intermittent fevers, asthma and gout.

The active principle of the herb is protoanemonin (0.54%) and its glyco- sidic precursor, ranunculin. The herb yields hydrocyanic acid in very small amounts.

The leaves contain the antifungal lactone protoanemonin which inhibited growth of Epidermophyton floccosum and the yeast Rhodotorula glutinis.

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Indian Medicinal Plants

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