Action Latex—bacteriolytic, promotes healing of abscesses. Juice of the plant—applied to glandular swellings and abscesses for promoting suppuration. Root— used for diarrhoea, asthma, skin diseases. Unripe fruit—acrid, astringent. Ripe fruit—cooling, laxative, difficult to digest. Seeds— diuretic. Lactin extraction showed


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potent and selective stimulation of
distinct human T and B cells.
The seed extract stimulates the heart and causes a fall in arterial blood pressure of experimental animals pretreated with physostigmine. The seeds show equal inhibitory activity against tryp sin and chymotrypsin. (The activity is destroyed when the seeds are boiled or baked.)
The leaves and stems show presence of sapogenins, and exhibit estrogenic activity.
An aqueous extract of mature leaves exhibited hypoglycaemic activity in experimental animals. Leaves contain cycloartenone, cycloartenol and beta- sitosterol. Heartwood contains flavonoids, artocarpesin and norartocarpetin and their structures.
Dosage Fruit—50—lOO ml decoction. (CCRAS.)
Artocarpus lacucha Buch.-Ham.

Synonym A. lakoocha Roxb.

     Family Moraceae.

Habitat Cultivated in Uttar Pradesh, Bengal, Khasi Hills and western
English Monkey Jack.
Ayurvedic Lakuch, Kshudra Panas, Granthiphala, Pitanaasha.
Siddha/Tamil Ilangu, Irapala, Ottipilu (Tamil).
Folk Badhar.
Action Bark—when applied externally, draws out purulent

matter; heals boils, cracked skin and pimples. Seeds—purgative, haemagglutinating. Stems— vermifuge.
The stembark contains oxyresveratrol, used for tapeworm.
A lectin, artocarpin, isolated from seeds, precipitates several galactomannans. It agglutinates rat lymphocytes and mouse ascites cells.
Dosage Fruit—5—10 ml juice. (CCRAS.)

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