Monday, February 16, 2009

Pavonia odorata WILLD

English Name : Fragrant Sticky Mallow

Family : Malvaceae

Habitat : Often found on wastelands and in fields of India.

Parts Used : Root and plant

An erect annual herb, 1 m tall, glandular-pubescent. Leaves 0.8 to 6.5 cm long and 0.6 to 6.5 cm wide, ovate-suborbicular, 3 to 5 lobed, base cordate, apex acute, margins dentate, hairy aw both surface, petioles 0.5 to 6.0 cm long; stipules 2 mm long. Flowers solitary or paired, axillary, fragrant, pink or white; bracteoles 10 to 12; sepals lanceolate. Fruits 2-chambered. Seeds one in each chamber, single, oily, brown.

Herb Effects
Roots are cooling, demulcent, carminative, diaphoretic and diuretic; alleviates spasms and antiprotozoal (plant); reduces fever and astringent (root). Leaves and young shoots are used as an emollient.

Active Ingredients
Alpha-terpinene, aromadendrene, azulene, isovaleraldehyde, isovaleric acid, pavonenol, pavonene (root).

Medicinal Use
In dysentery, inflammation, intestinal bleeding, increasing the secretion of gastric juices, reducing fever and as a tonic (root); rheumatism (plant).


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