English Palmyra Palm Brab tree

Borreria articularis (Linn. f.) F. N. Williams.

Ayurvedic ► Taala, Taada, Trinraj,

Mahonnata, Lekhyapatra. Siddha/Tamil ► Panai, Panaimaram.

Action ► Fresh sap—diuretic, cooling, antiphlegmatic, laxative, antiinflammatory. Slightly fermented juice is given in diabetes. Palm-jaggery—used as an energy food for convalscents. Ash of dry spadix—antacid, antibilious (used in heartburn). Young root, terminal buds, leaf-stalks—used in gastritis and hiccups.

The sap is given as a tonic to asthmatic and anaemic patients. Jaggery is given for anaemia, for diseases characterized by a marked loss of potassium. Palm candy is used in coughs and pulmonary affections and as a laxative for children.

The Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia ofIn-dia recommends dried male inflorescence in dysuria.

Jaggery solution may be used in hypertension and oedema due to heart and liver diseases, also as a food for typhoid patients.

The sap is an excellent source of biologically available riboflavin.

Aqueous MeOH extract of young shoots contains heat-stable toxin; edible part of young shoot, neurotoxic to rats, but not hepatotoxic.

Dosage ► Dried male inflorescence— 1-3 g (API Vol. III.)

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