Family Palmae; Arecaceae.
Habitat Coastal areas of Bengal, Bihar and Western and Eastern Peninsula.

Born bax ceiba Linn.
See Salmalia malabarica Schott & Endl.


English Palmyra Palm, Brab tree.

98 Borreria articularis (Linn. f.) F. N. Williams.

Ayurvedic Taala, Taada, Trinraj,
   Mahonnata, Lekhyapatra.
Siddha/Tamil Panai, Panaimaram.
Action Fresh sap—diuretic, cooling, antiphiegmatic, laxative, anti- inflammatory. Slightly fermented juice is given in diabetes. Palmjaggery—used as an energy food for convalscents. Ash of dry spadix—antacid, antibiious (used in heartburn). Young root, terminal buds, leaf-stalks—used in gastritis and hiccups.
The sap is given as a tonic to asthmatic and anaemic patients. Jaggery is given for anaemia, for diseases characterized by a marked loss of potassium. Palm candy is used in coughs and pulmonary affections and as a laxative for children.
The Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia of India recommends dried male inflorescence in dysuria.
Jaggery solution may be used in hypertension and oedema due to heart and liver diseases, also as a food for typhoid patients.
The sap is an excellent source of biologically available riboflavin.
Aqueous MeOH extract of young shoots contains heat-stable toxin; edible part of young shoot, neurotoxic to rats, but not hepatotoxic.
Dosage Dried male inflorescence— 1—3 g (API Vol. III.)
Borreria articularis
(Linn. f.) F. N. Williams.
Synonym B. hispada (L.) K. Sch. Spermacoce hispida Linn.

Family Rubiaceae.
Habitat Throughout India, as a weed in cultivated and sallow lands and pastures.
English Shaggy Button Weed.
Ayurvedic Madana-ghanti.
Siddha/Tamil Nathaichoori.

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