prescribed as a tonic and protective medicine after child birth; also as a sedative.
S. tamariscina Spring var. pulvinata (Kumaon to Assam), known as Hatthaajodi, is used as an age-sustaining tonic and has been credited with the property of prolonging life. A decoction is prescribed for amenorrhoea, bleeding piles and prolapse of rectum.
A decoction of S.
wallichii Spring (hilly regions of north-eastern India), known as Hatthaajodi, is prescribed after childbirth. S. willdenovii Baker (Nicobar Islands) is also known as Hatthaajodi. Its infusion is administered in cases of high fever and ashes are used in a liniment for backache.
Selenicereus grandiflorus
Britton & Rose.
Synonym Cereus grandflorus Mill. Family Cactaceae.
Habitat Indigenous to Mexico; introduced in Indian gardens.
English Night-Blooming Cereus, Sweet-scented Cactus.
Ayurvedic Visarpin, Mahaapushpa, Raatripraphulla.
Action Flowers and tender shoots— cardiac stimulant and diuretic (used for irritable bladder and congested kidneys), central nervous system

596 Selinum monnieri Linn.

The plant contains alkaloids (including cactine) and flavonoids based on isorhamnetin.
Alkaloid, cactine is reported to have a digitalis-like activity on the heart. (Alcoholic extract is used in homoeopathy.)
Selinum monnieri Linn.
Umbelliferae; Apiaceae. Habitat East Bengal, Bhutan and


Folk Muraa (var.).

Action Fruits—extracts used for osteoporosis, gynaecological problems and stress-related disorders. Seeds—prescribed in rheumatism and renal diseases.
In Japan, the plant is mainly used for
the treatment of swelling of women’s
The aerial parts contain the chromo nes cnidimol and karenin. The fruits
contain the benzofurans, cnidioside A,
B and C, cnidiol b and C; besides fura nocoumarins imperatorin, bergapten,

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