Synonym ► G. diversifolia (Link) Eriss.
Family ► Urticaceae.
Habitat ► Temperate and sub-tropical Himalayas from Kashmir to Sikkim, and in Assam and Khasi hills.
English ► Himalayan Nettle.
Ayurvedic ► Vrishchikaa.
Folk ► Bichhuu-booti, Awaa, Chikri.
Action ► Leaves—decoction is given in fevers; applied externally to swollen joints, also as a paste for headache. (Due to stringing hair, the plant causes dermatitis and is known as Bichhuu.)
The leaves contain 5-OH-trypta-
mine and histamine, also AC-choline.
The plant gave beta-sitosterol.
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