Borreria articularis

Family ► Rubiaceae.

Habitat ► Throughout India, as a weed in cultivated and sallow lands and pastures.

English ► Shaggy Button Weed.

Ayurvedic ► Madana-ghanti.

Siddha/Tamil ► Nathaichoori.

Folk ► Ghanti-chi-bhaaji (Maharashtra), Gatbhanjan, Satgathiyaa.

Action ► Herb—used in the treatment of headache. Root—prescribed as a mouthwash in toothache. Leaf— juice is given as an astringent in haemorrhoids. Seeds—used as demulcent in diarrhoea and dysentery.

The weed contains beta-sitosterol, ursolic acid and D-mannitol. It is rich in calcium and phosphorus. Isorham-netin, a flavonoid, is reported in the seeds.

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