Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Hiptage benghalensis Kurz.

English Name :Hiptage

Family : Malpighiaceae

Origin : Temperate and Tropical Asia

A large, handsome, evergreen climbing shrub. Bark brown, exfoliating in flakes : leaves opposite, 4-6 in. long, elliptic-oblong or ovatelanceolate ; flowers fragrant, silky, in racemes : petals fringed, white, uppermost yellowish ; fruit of 1-3 unequally winged samaras : seeds subglobose.

Chiefly in damp places, ascending up to an altitude of 6,000 ft.

Parts Used : Leaf, bark, plant

Herb Effects
Hot, acrid, bitter, insecticidal, vulnerary (leaf and bark)

Active Ingredients
Hiptagin (bark)friedelin, epi-friedelinol, octacosanol, a-amyrin, ß-sitosterol its -ß-D-glucoside and traces of alkaloid (stem and its bark)

Medicinal Use
In cutaneous diseases, for scabies (leaves); in chronic rheumatism and asthma (plant); biliousness, cough, burning sensation, thirst and inflammation (leaf and bark).


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