Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Leptadenia reticulata (RETZ.) WIGHT & ARN.

Family : Asclepiadaceae

Origin : Mauritius, Madagascar, Myanmar, SriLanka, India and Malaysia

It is a much-branched twining shrub. The bark is yellowish brown, corky, deeply cracked; the leaves are ovate-cordate, coriaceous glabrous above, more or less finely pubescent beneath; the flowers are in many-flowered cymes, greenish yellow; the follicles are sub-woody and turgid.

Often found on hedges and in forests; Punjab (subHimalayas), peninsular India and Uttar Pradesh.

Parts Used : Leaf, twig, root and plant

Herb Effects
General stimulant, stimulates the secretion and/or flow of milk and antibacterial against gram-positive and gram-negative strains (plant).

Active Ingredients
Leptadenol, leptidin, n-triacontane, cetyl alcohol, lupanol-3-O-diglucoside and beta-sitosterol; alpha and beta-amyrin, stigmasterol, hentriacontanol, flavonoids and gamma-sitosterol (twig and leaf).

Medicinal Use
Skin disorders and wounds (root and leaf).


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