Anisomeles malabarica

Family ► Labiatae; Lamiaceae.

Habitat ► The western Ghats from Maharashtra to Karnataka; Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

English ► Malabar Catmint.

Ayurvedic ► Sprikkaa.

Siddha/Tamil ► Irattaipeyameratti.

Action ► Antispasmodic (used in dyspepsia, colic), antipyretic, diaphoretic, antiperiodic, emme-nagogue, antirheumatic. The oil is used externally as an embrocation in rheumatic arthritis.

The plant contains beta-sitosterol, letulinic acid, ovatodiolide and ani-somelic acid. The essential oil from tops and flowers yield a terpene hydrocarbon, citral and geranic acid.

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