Name - सर्पाक्षी

Botanical name - Ophiorrhiza mungos

Description - Decumbent herbs. Leaves elliptic-lanceolate, attenuate at base. Flowers white, in subumbellate cymes. Fruits compressed; seeds pale brown.

Chemical Constituents- Roots contain, resin and alkaloid. Leaves and stem contain hydrocyanic acid. Leaves contain camptothecin and 10-methoxycamptothecin.


Use - Roots tonic, claimed to be useful in cancer treatment. Decoction of roots, leaves and bark given as a stomachic. Leaves used for dressing ulcers

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