Action Rhizomes and roots—di- Folk Narakul.
uretic, emmenagogue, diaphoretic, Action Stem and rhizome—
hypoglycaemic, antiemetic. diuretic, diaphoretic. Used topically
    The rhizomes are rich in carbohy- to relieve insect bite.
drates; contain nitrogenous substances
P karka is not discriminated from P
5.2, fat 0.9, N-free extr. 50.8, crude communis for medicinal uses in Indian
fibre 32.0, sucrose 5.1, reducing sugars medicine.
1.1, and ash (rich in silica) 5.8%; as paragin
0.1% is also present. Leaves
possess a high ascorbic acid content
Phyla nodiflora (L.) E. Greene.
(200 mg!100 g).Nodes and sheaths
yield 6.6% and the underground parts
Synonym Lippia nodflora A. Rich.
over 13% of furfural.
Family Verbenaceae.
The root of common Reed is pre scribe
in Chinese traditional medi- Habitat Throughout India, near
cine as an antipyretic against influen- fresh water bodies.
za and fevers. Presence of polyols, English Jalapippali, Shaaradi,
betaines and free poline has been re- Shakulaadani, Matsyagandhaa,
ported in the methanolic extract. The Matsyaadani, Laangali, Vashiraa.
extract is reported to show bactericidal
Siddha/Tamil Poduthalai.
activity. The root gave a polysaccha rid
which contains sugars, arabinose, Action Spasmolytic, diuretic,
xylose and glucose in a molar ratio febrifuge.

Phyllanthus distichus Muell.-Arg. 481

The plant contains flavone glycosides—nodiflorins A and B, lipiflorins A and B, as well as free flavones including 6-hydroxyluteolin, nepetin and nodifloretin along with beta-sitosterol and stigmasterol glucosides.
Dosage Plant—10—20 ml. juice.
Phyllanthus amarus
Schum. & Thonn.

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