The seed are commonly used in colic, choleraic diarrhoea and abdominal obstructions. Root decoction is used in rheumatic pains, lung diseases and typhoid; juice in urinary disorders. In China, used in pulmonary sepsis.
The plant is used as a venous and capillary tonic, and for alleviating venous stasis and vericose veins.
It is a potential source of rutin (yield 3ó5%). The leaves and blossoms contain most of the rutin (80ó90%).

260 Fagopyrum tataricum Gaertn.

Quercetin caused significant de creas in ulcer index in acute gastric
ulcer with respect to control group in
rats. Quercetin, rutin or kaempferol
inhibited, in dose-dependent manner,
gastric damage produced by acidified-
ethanol in rats.
The plant also gave hyperoside and
anthracene derivatives.
Buckwheat is a good source of ly sin and other amino acids. The flour
is reported to repress exogenous hy percholesterolemi and promotes ac cumulatio of triglyceride in the liver
of rats.
Seed oil exhibits antimicrobial activ it against
Bacillus anthrasis, E.coli and
Salmonella paratyphi.
Whole plant, dried or green, can
cause photosensitization.
Fagopyrum tataricum Gaertn.
Family
Polygonaceae.
Habitat Cultivated in the Himalayas, especially in the colder parts of Ladakh, Zaskar and Western Tibet.
English Tatary Duckwheat.
Ayurvedic Ukhal.
Folk Kutu(var.).
Action See F. esculentum. Duck- wheat is a better source of rutin than the common Buckwheat. It contains 45ó80% more rutin than the latter, and maintains its high rutin content for a longer period.

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