found in sub-Himalayan tract at 500— Key application As a supportive
2,000 m, is also known as Dhaaman. therapy for rheumatic complaints.
(German Commission E.) The
British Herbal Pharmacopoeia
Grewia villosa Willd. reported anti-inflammatory activity
in the resin.
Habitat Punjab, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Several triterpene saponins, sapo Andhr Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. genins and prosapogenins have been
English Tamthar. isolated from different parts of the
Siddha/Tamil Kullai. plant.
A triterpenoidal saponin, isolat Fol Dhohan (Rajasthan), Jalidar ed from the flowers, showed activity
(Punjab), Kharamati (Maharashtra). against Gram-negative bacteria. (The Action Root—antidiarrhoeal. Root herb is used as a additive to mouth
and bark—used in genitourinary washes.)
infections, syphilis and smallpox.
The methanol extract of the roots
contain beta-carboline alkaloids, harGuazuma
ulmifolia Lam.
man, harmine, harmol, harmalol and
Synonym G. tomentosa H. B. & K.
The roots are also used to treat
Family Sterculiaceae.
Habitat Native to tropical America.
Cultivated as a roadside shade tree
Guaiacum off icinale Linn. in warmer parts of the country.
Zygophyllaceae. English Bastard Cedar.

Gymnema montanum Hook. f. 297

Ayurvedic Pundraaksha, Rudraakshi (fake Rudraaksha).
Siddha Rudraksham and allied names are misnomers for this plant. (Rukraaksha is equated with Elaeocarpus ganitrus Roxb.)

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