Monday, March 2, 2009

Sida cordifolia L.

English Name : Country Mallow

Family : Malvaceae

Origin : India

A small, downy, erect shrub, with long branches, sometimes rooting at the nodes. The leaves are ovate, or ovate-oblong, very downy on both surfaces; the flowers are tawny-yellow or white; the fruit shows a pair of awns on each carpel.

Forests, fields and along roads on the Indian plains.

Parts Used : Root, plant, bark, leaf, flower and seeds.

Herb Effects
Aphrodisiac (seed); alleviates spasms, contraceptive, diuretic, antiprotozoal and cholinergic (plant); reduces fever (root).

Active Ingredients
Alkaloids (including ephedrine and gamma-ephedrine)

Medicinal Use
Spermatorrhea, polyuria and leucorrhea (plant); aphrodisiac (seed); reducing fever (root); sciatica, in paralysis and other nervous disorders (root bark); used to detoxify the body (in fever and rheumatism), in asthma, bronchitis, obesity, aching joints and bones, edema, cough, cold and wheezing (plant extract).

Juice: ¼ seer (Juice of the whole plant, pounded with a little water for for spermatorrohea, rheumatism, and gonorrhoea).
Root infusion: 2-20ml.
Powder: 1-3 gm.

Can cause high blood pressure, racing of the heart, and confusion. This herb should not be used by people who are taking monoamine oxidase inhibitors, or suffering from high blood pressure, hyperthyroidism, glaucoma, or dehydration. Do not take during pregnancy or while breast feeding.


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