Sunday, March 15, 2009

Brassica juncea (L.) CZERN. SSP. JUNCEA.

English Name : Chinese Mustard

Family : Brassicaceae

Origin : Central Asia

Annual growing to 0.75m by 0.25m .

Hills of Tamil Nadu and plains of northern India.

Parts Used : Seed and plant

Herb Effects
As an aperient and tonic, the volatile oil is used as a counterirritant and stimulant. Antirheumatic and stimulates pancreatic secretions and the gastric mucosa (seed); hypoglycaemic specifically through an increase in the concentration of hepatic glycogen and glycogenesis.

Active Ingredients
Brassicasterol, thiocyanates and glucosinolates (plant).

Medicinal Use
Folk remedy for arthritis, foot ache, lumbago, and rheumatism. Tumours, abscesses, colds, lumbago, rheumatism, and stomach disorders (seed); skin eruptions and ulcers (mustard oil); for headache (leaves).


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