Synonym ► Ceriscoides turgida Roxb. Family ► Rubiaceae.
Family ► Burseraceae.
Habitat ► Throughout India, up to 1,000 m on the hills.
English ► Grey Downy Balsam.
Ayurvedic ► Paaranki, Kharpata. (Kinkiraata, Karnikaara, Mri-galindika are doubtful synonyms.)
Siddha/Tamil ► Karre Vembu, Arunelli.
Action ► Fruit—stomachic. Leaf— astringent, antiasthmatic. Bark— antidiabetic.
The leaves and stem bark contain sterols, sitosterol, stigmasterol and campesterol; fatty acids; aliphatic compounds; a mixture of long chain esters; along with tannins and waxes. The leaves also contain garu-garin and amentoflavone. Gum-resin contains alpha-amyrin, butyrospermol and dammarandiol.
Aqueous and ethanolic extract of the leaves exhibit anti-inflammatory and antiallergic activities.
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