Family Phytolacaceae

Habitat ► Native to warmer parts of America; introduced into Indian gardens.

English ► Baby Pepper, Dog Blood, Blood Berry, Rouge-Plant.

Action ► Berries—febrifuge, intestinal antiseptic.

Rosa alba Linn. 553

A betaxanthin, humilixanthin, has been isolated from the berry.

A decoction of the herb is used for cold, chest congestion and pain, diarrhoea and jaundice. Berries alleviate dysentery and amenorrhoea.

Pounded leaves are used for wound-healing and for treating catarrh.

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