Gossypium herbaceum Linn

Family ► Malvaceae.

Habitat ► Cultivated mainly in Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.

English ► Asiatic Cotton, Levant Cotton, Uppam Cotton.

Ayurvedic ► Kaarpaasa, Kaarpaasi, Kaarpaasaka, Rakta-Kaarpaasa, Shona-Kaarpaasa, Samudraantaa, Tuula, Pichu, Bhaaradwaaji, Tundikeri.

Siddha/Tamil ► Paruttikkootam

Action ► Root bark—diuretic, oxytocic. Bark—emmenagogue, haemostatic. Seed—demulcent, laxative, expectorant, abortifacient, galactagogue, nervine, anticepha-lalgic.

The Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia ofln-dia recommends the seed oil for toning up the breast.

The seed contains 21.3-25.2% protein, free gossypol 0.82-1.96%.

Dosage ► Seeds, devoid of lint—3-6 g powder. (API Vol. I.)

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