Habitat Throughout the hotter with Naagabalaa, Grewia hirsuta). parts of India, ascending to an Siddha/Tamil Palampasi. altitude of 1,350 m.
Folk Farid-booti.
English Prickly Sida.
Action Fruits and flowers—used for
Ayurvedic Naagabalaa, Balaa- burning sensation in micturition.
kantakini, Gangaati. Leaves—juice, used for diarrhoea;
Siddha/TamiI Arivalmanai-poondu. poultice applied to cuts and bruises.
Folk Gulasakari, Gangeti, Jangali- Root bark—used for leucorrhoea
and genitourinary affections.
Action Root—nervine tonic In experimental animals, the herb
and diaphoretic; used in debility prevented arthritic swellings.

606 Siegesbeckia orientalis Linn.

The plant contains beta-phenethylamines, quinazoline, carboxylated tryptamine, linoleic acid, malvalic acid, sterculic acid and gossypol.
Dosage Root—10—20 ml juice; 50— 100 ml decoction.
Siegesbeckia orientalis Linn.
Compositae; Asteraceae.
Habitat Throughout India up to 2,000 m.
English The Holy Herb, Sieges-


Siddha/Tamil Katampam,

Folk Pii-badkadi (Gujarat), Latlatiaa (Bihar), Lichkuraa (Garhwal).
Action Plant—antiscorbutic, sialagogue, cardiotonic, diaphoretic. Used for the treatment of rheumatism, renal colic and ague. Also
used as a lotion for gangrenous ulcers and sores, syphilis, leprosy, ringworm.
The aerial parts contain sesquiterpene lactone, orientin; melampolides including orientolide; diterpene, drutigenol and the corresponding glucoside darutoside. The whole plant, in addition, gave 3,7-dimethylquercetin.
The plant exhibited antiviral, CVS active, spasmolytic and hypoglycaemic activity

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