Folk Laalchameli

Action ► Fruits and seeds— anthelmintic (particularly against ascarites and soporific). Seeds— soporific. Ripe seeds are roasted and given in diarrhoea and fever. Macerated in oil, are applied to parasitic skin diseases. Leaves— decoction prescribed in abdominal pain.

The leaves and flowers gave rutin and pelargonidin-3-glucoside, quis-qualic acid, trigonelline, L-proline and L-asparagine.

Quisqualic acid showed anthelmin-tic activity. Seeds gave arachidic, lino-leic, oleic, palmitic and stearic acids.

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