Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Pluchea lanceolata C. B. Clarke

Family : Asteraceae

An erect undershrub, 30-100 cm tall. Leaves 2-6 cm long, sessile, oblanceolate or oblong, coriaceous; flowers white, yellow, lilac or purple, in many headed compound corymbs.

Salty or sandy areas of the Upper Gangetic plains, Rajasthan, Punjab and Gujarat.

Parts Used : Leaf, stem, plant and root

Herb Effects
Cholinergic and relaxes smooth muscles, antipyretic, analgesic, laxative and nervine tonic (plant); antiinflammatory (stem); antiimplantation (aerial part); succulent, aperient (leaves); alexiteric, antipyretic, bitter, laxative and thermogenic (root)

Active Ingredients
Quercetin and iso-rhamnetin (leaf); pluchine, choline, taraxasterol and beta and gamma-sitosterol (plant).

Medicinal Use
For inflammations and bronchitis, psoriasis, cough and piles (Plant) ; To prevent swellings of joint in arthritis, rheumatism and neurological diseases (decoction of plant); is highly effective in sciatica, muscular sprains and joint pains (leaf extract).


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