chemoprotective agent).
The flavonoids, particularly apigenin, have been shown to be anti- inflammatory, to inhibit histamine release and to act as a free radical scavenger. Apiole, a constituent of the volatile oil, is reportedly antipyretic and phthalides of the root, seed and leaf are sedative in mice.
Both apiole and myristicin exhibit aquaretic and uterine stimulant activity, while sodium retention has been observed.
(Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database, 2007.)
In homoeopathy, the herb is used for the treatment urinary disorders—sudden urge to urinate with severe pain, dribbling of urine after urination, gleet discharge and for amenorrhoea and neuralgic dysmenorrhoea.


476 Peucedanum grande C. B. Clarke.
Peucedanum grande Ayurvedic Aranya-mudga. Mudga C B. Clarke. parni (Kerala).
Siddha/Tamil Kattupayaru.
Family Umbelliferae; Apiaceae.
Action A decoction is used in
Habitat Western Ghats and hifis of bowel complaints and stricture. The
Peninsular India.
roots are used to stop excessive
Folk Baaphali (Gujarat), Duku. salivation.
Action Fruits—carminative,
diuretic, stimulant. An infusion
is used for gastric and intestinal
Phaseolus lunatus Linn. troubles.
Synonym P inamoenus Linn.
The seeds and roots gave impera-
Family Fabaceae.
torin, byakangelicin and osthol. Seeds, Habitat Native to tropical America;
addition, gave phelopterin, colum- cultivated throughout India.
bianadin and byakangelicol.
English Double Bean, Lima Bean,
Burma Bean.
Ayurvedic Shimbi.
Phaseolus aconitifolius Jacq.
Unani Lobiyaa, Sem.

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