Action ► Bark—astringent and narcotic; used in menstrual disorders, consumption, asthma, also for treating wounds.
The plant contains several flavo-noids. Being parasitic, different flavo-noids have been recorded in plants growing on different host plants. Quer-citrin has been found to be the major common constituent. The plant also contains gallic, ellagic and chebulinic acids.
Descurainia sophia (Linn.) Webb ex Prantl.
Aqueous and alcoholic extracts of the plant were tested in rats for their diuretic and anti-lithiatic activities. Alcoholic extract was found to be more effective than aqueous extract.
Essential oil from leaves—antibacterial, antifungal.
Dosage ► Bark—50-100 ml decoction; leaf—10-20 ml juice. (CCRAS.)
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