Family ► Amaranthaceae.
Habitat ► The warmer parts of India, ascending to 1,000 m.
Ayurvedic ► Paashaanabheda. Gorakshaganjaa, Aadaanpaaki, Shatkabhedi.
Siddha/Tamil ► Sirupeelai.
Folk ► Paashaanabheda (southern India), Gorakhagaanjaa.
Action ► Anticalculus (used in lithiasis), diuretic, demulcent, anthelmintic, antidiarrhoeal, anticholerin, bechic; leaf used in hepatitis, root in strangury. A decoction of the plant is used in catarrh of bladder. The flowers and roots are used for headache.
Key application ► As diuretic and lithontriptic. (The British Herbal Pharmacopoeia.)
The plant contains palmitic acid, beta-sitosterol and alpha-amyrin.
Aerva scandens Wall., synonym A. sanguinolenta Blume, is also known as Paashaanabheda in the south.
Species used as Paashaanabheda: Bergenia ligulata (north), Aerva lanata (south), Coleus amboinicus (east) and Bryophyllum pinnatum (west).
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