Ayurvedic Bajradanti. Barleria
L. and Potentilla arbuscula
D. Don. are also used as Bajradanti.)
Action Used as a tooth powder for strengthening gums and teeth.
Sida acuta Burm. f.
S. carpinifolia auct. non Linn f.

Family Malvaceae.
Habitat Throughout the warmer parts of India.
English Hornbeam-Leaved Sida.
Ayurvedic Balaa (white-flowered


Folk Jangali Methi.

Action Root—astringent, cooling, stomachic, febrifuge, diuretic;
used for nervous and sexual debility, haemorrhoids, biiary disorders. Leaves—demulcent;
applied to testicular swellings and
The root contains alkaloids—phenethylamine, ephedrine (major), siephedrine, vasicinol, vasicinone, vasicine, choline, hypaphorine and be- tame. (These alkaloids are also present in aerial parts.) The root also contains alpha-amyrin and an hormone, ecdysterone. Whole plant, as well as the root, contains an alkaloid cryptolepine. Cryptolepine exhibits hypotensive and antimicrobial activity.
The seeds contain 0.26% of the alkaloids and roots 0.066%.
The water-soluble portion of the alcoholic extract of the plant exerts spasmodic action of the smooth muscles of ileum, trachea, uterus and heart of experimental animals. (The activity bears similarity to that of acetylcholine.)
Sida cordifolia Linn.
Family Malvaceae.
Habitat Throughout India in moist places.

604 Sida rhombifolia Linn.

English Country Mallow.
Ayurvedic Balaa (yellow-flowered var.), Sumanganaa, Kharayashtikaa, Balini, Bhadrabalaa, Bhadraudani, Vaatyaalikaa.
Unani Bariyaara, Khirhati, Khireti, Kunayi.

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