Folk Bokat

Action ► Seeds—diuretic; applied externally to ulcer and inflamed parts.

Seeds contain an ester, l-O-17-me-thylstearylmyoinositol. The seed oil yields myristic, palmitic, oleic, linole-ic, linolenic acids, beta-amyrin and beta-sitosterol. The oil, due to its high linolenic content (62.62%), may be of therapeutic value in preventing atherosclerosis.

The mineral elements present in the weed are iron 178.4, zinc 44.5 and copper 6.4 ppm. A triterpenoid, lupeol and quercetin are also present.

70 Aspidopterys indica Hochr.

Family ► Malpighiaceae.

Habitat ► Eastern Himalayas, Assam, Meghalaya, Orissa and peninsular India.

Folk ► Chuttakulaa-tigaa (Telugu).

Action ► The extract of aerial parts— hypotensive.

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