Linn.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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