Feb 12, 2014
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Linn. Mast.

Family ► Malvaceae.

Habitat ► Throughout warmer parts of India, frequent in West Bengal.

Ayurvedic ► Naagabalaa (Grewia hirsuta and Sida veronicaefolia are also equated with Naagabalaa). Used as Balaa in Kerala.

Siddha/Tamil ► Ottatti.

Action ► Root—diuretic, emollient, antispasmodic (roots and stem used in severe windy colic), antirheumatic. Flowers—used as a pectoral and expectorant in dry and inveterate coughs. An infusion is used as a gargle for aphthae amd sore throat.

The aerial parts gave magniferin and quercetin. Alkanes, stigmasterol and beta-sitosterol are reported from the whole plant. The seeds contain protein, pentosan and mucilage.

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Indian Medicinal Plants

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