Folk Tejpaata

Action ► Leaf—Carminative, antidiarrhoeal, spasmolytic, an-tirheumatic, hypoglycaemic. Essential oil—fungicidal.

The oil from bark contains cin-namaldehyde (70-85%) as major constituent. (See.C.cassia.) Leaves from Nepal yield a volatile oil, containing mainly linalool 54.66%; cinnamalde-hyde 1.16%, alpha-and beta-pinene, p-cymene and limonene.

Cinnamomum wighti Meissn. is also equated with Tejapatra. The bud, known as Sirunaagappoo in Siddha/ Tamil, is used as Naagakeshara (black var.). (Naagakeshara is obtained from Mesua ferra and Dilleniapentagyne.)

C. impressinervium Meissn. (Sik-kim) and C. obtusifolium (Roxb.) Nees

(the Central and Eastern Himalayas up to 2,100 m, Assam and Andaman Islands) are related species of Cinnamomum.

The leaves and bark contain cin-namaldehyde.

Dosage ► Dried leaves—1-3 g powder. (API Vol. I.)

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