Biophytum sensitivum

Synonym ► Oxalis sensitiva Linn.

Family ► Oxalidaceae.

Habitat ► Throughout tropical India.

Ayurvedic ► Lajjaalu (var.) Vipareet Lajjaalu (non-classical), Alam-bushaa (Hindi commentators have equated it with Gorakh Mun-di, Sphaeranthus indicus Linn., Asteraceae.)

Folk ► Lajoni, Jhalai, Lakajana.

Action ► Plant—used in insomnia, convulsions, cramps, chest-complaints, inflammations, tumours, chronic skin diseases. Ash—in stomachache. Leaves— diuretic, astringent, antiseptic. Paste is applied to burns, contusions

Blepharis edulis Pers. 93

and wounds. Decoction is given in strangury, asthma and phthisis. Roots—decoction is given in lithia-sis. Mature leaves are recommended in diabetes; contain an insulin-like principle.

A saline extract of leaves showed hy-poglycaemic activity in rabbits.

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