Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Rhinacanthus nasuta (L.) KURZ.

Family : Acanthaceae

English Name : Snake Jasmine

Origin : Africa to Indo-Malaysia

A diffuse subshrub; branchlets hirsute. Leaves elliptic to oblanceolate, base acute, apex acute; petiole 2 cm. Panicles terminal or in upper axils, divaricate, ending in cymes, peduncle 15 cm; bracts and bracteoles lanceolate. Calyx lobes 5, linear-lanceolate, basally connate. Corolla white, upper lip linear and lower one broader. Stamens 2. Ovary pubescent. Fruit capsule, ellipsoid, with a basal beak. Seeds 4, orbicular, rugose.

Forests of India

Parts Used : Root, leaf and flower

Herb Effects
Revulsive, depurative, anthelmintic, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, antiparasitic, and anticancerous (plant); antiseptic (root and leaf) and antiparasitic (root).

Active Ingredients
Rhinacanthin (root) and rutin (flower)

Medicinal Use
For skin diseases and as an antiseptic (root and leaf). Used to treat obesity, helminthiasis, septic ulcers, leprosy, eczema, ringworm, prickly heat, herpes, scurvy, inflammation and cancer, goitre.


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