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URARIA PICTA

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Synonym ► Hedysarum pictum Jacq.

Family ► Papilionaceae; Fabaceae.

Habitat ► Throughout India, in dry grasslands. Ayurvedic ► Prishniparni, Prithak- parni, Simhapushpi, Kalashi, Dhaavani, Guhaa, Chitraparni.

Siddha/Tamil ► Oripai.

Action ► Root—prescribed for cough, chills and fevers. Leaves—antiseptic, used for urinary discharges and genitourinary infections.

The Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia of India recommends a decoction of whole plant in alcoholism, insanity, psychosis; cough, bronchitis, dyspnoea; diseases due to vitiated blood; gout; bleeding piles; blood dysentery, acute diarrhoea.

The plant is credited with fracture- healing properties. Its total extract exhibits better and quicker healing of fractures in experimental animals due to early accumulation of phosphorus and more deposition of calcium.

Dosage ► Whole plant—20-50 g powder for decoction. (API, Vol. IV.)

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