gall bladder disorders, jaundice and dyspepsia. Bark is used in diseases of the

Key application Bark—as laxative.
(The British Herbal Pharmacopoeia.)
The plant yielded triterpenes—epifriedelinol, taraxerol, dulcitol, pristimerin and tingenins A and B. Pristimerin exhibited antitumour activity.
Only bark and root bark is used medicinally. The seeds are poisonous.
Toxic constituents of
E. atropurpureus are furan-a-carboxylic acid; dphenyl-glucosone (sterol glucoside); euatroside; euatromonoside (steroid glycosides). (Francis Brinker.)
Eupatorium cannabinum Linn. Family Compositae; Asteraceae.
Habitat The temperate Himalayas up to 3,600 m and in Khasi Hills between 1,000 and 2,000 m.
English Hemp Agrimony, Water Hemp, Hemp Eupatorium.
Folk Bundaar (Maharashtra), Tongollati (Assam).
Action Diuretic, cathartic,
anti-tumoral. Used under strict medical supervision for blood
impurities and tumours. Internal administration is not advised
unless the hepatotoxic alkaloids are shown to be absent from the sample.
The herb contains volatile oil (about 0.5%); sesqiterpene lactones, the major one being eupatoriopicrin; flavonoids, pyrrolizidine alkaloids; immunoactive polysaccharides.
Eupatoriopicrin has shown to be cytostatic as well as cytotoxic; it delayed



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