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SPINACIA OLERACEA

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Synonym ► S. tetrandra Roxb.

Family ► Chenopodiaceae.

Habitat ► Native to South-west Asia; cultivated throughout India.

English ► Garden Spinach.

Ayurvedic ► Paalankikaa, Paalankya, Paalakyaa.

Unani ► Paalak.

Siddha/Tamil ► Vasaiyila-keerai.

Action ► Seeds—cooling and laxative; given during jaundice. Spinach, as a potherb, is rich in nitrogenous substances, hydrocarbons and iron sesqui-oxide.

Aerial parts afforded rutin, hyperoside, astragalin and caffeic, chloro- genic, neochlorogenic and protocate- chuic acids. Seeds contain glycopro- tein-bound hexosamine. Roots contain spirasaponins.

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Indian Medicinal Plants

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