Ceratophyllum demersum Linn

Family ► Ceratophyllaceae.

Habitat ► All over India from temperate to tropics, in ponds and lakes.

English ► Coontail, Hornwort.

Ayurvedic ► Shaivaala (also equated with Vallisneria spiralis Linn., Hydrocharitaceae), Jalnili, Jalaja.

Siddha/Tamil ► Velampasi.

Action ► Purgative, antibilious, antibacterial.

The herb is rich in protein, calcium and magnesium; contains ferre-doxin and plastocyanin. EtOH (50%) extract—antimicrobial.

Ceropegia bulbosa Roxb. 139

Dosage ► Whole plant—10-20 ml juice; 50-100 ml decoction. (CCRAS.)

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