Sunday, February 15, 2009

Ipomoea pes-caprae (L,) R.BR.

English Name : Goat's Foot Creeper

Family : Convolvulaceae

Origin : Florida

An extensively climbing or trailing perennial herb

On the western coast of India

Parts Used : Leaf, seed, plant and itseEssential oil

Herb Effects
The plant is mucilaginous, astringent, stomachic, alterative, tonic, diuretic and laxative counteracts or neutralizes the effects of histamine (essential leaf oil); analgesic (plant).

Active Ingredients
Indole alkaloid (seed and leaf); pentatriacontane, triacontane, an amide and a steroid (plant).

Medicinal Use
Leaves are used as an external application for rheumatism, dropsy and colic. The juice of the leaves is given as a diuretic in dropsy and at the same time the bruised leaves are applied to the dropsical part. The seeds are used as a remedy for stomachache and cramp. The stem juice is applied to bites and stings of fishes. The dried juice of the root is used as a purgative. A decoction of the roots and leaves is used in rheumatism, gout gonorrhoea and dropsy. Juice is given as diuretic in dropsy.


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