Folk Patang

Action ► Wood decoction— emmenagogue, antidiarrhoeal; used in skin diseases.

The heartwood gave an antiinflammatory principle brazilin; amyrin glu-coside, amino acids and carbohydrates. EtOH (50%) extract of stem exhibited semen coagulant activity.

Aqueous and chloroform extracts of the wood exhibited inhibitory action

110 Cajanus cajan (Linn.) Millsp.

on cyclic AMP phosphodiesterase. The methanolic extract of the sappan lignan showed sleep-time-elongation effect in mice. Significant anti-hypercholes-terolaemic activity is attributed to ben-zilic compounds.

The oil exhibited antibacterial and antifungal activity.

Plant pigments find use in facials which are resistant to light, heat and water and are non-irritating.

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