Synonym ► Abelmoschus moschatus Medic.
Family ► Malvaceae.
Habitat ► Throughout the warmer parts and hilly regions of India; also cultivated.
English ► Musk Seed, Muskmallow, Ambette Seed.
Ayurvedic ► Lataakasturi, Lataakas-turikaa, Kattaphala, Katuka.
Unani ► Mushkdaanaa.
Siddha/Tamil ► Kasturi-vendai.
Action ► Seeds—diuretic, antispas-modic, stomachic, nervine (nervous debility, hysteria and other nervous disorders). Used externally for skin diseases and itch. Mucilage made
from the root and leaves is prescribed in venereal diseases, urinary discharges and painful micturition. Seeds, steeped in water, are used for asthma, cold, flu.
Fatty oil of seeds contains phospholipids—alpha cephalin, phosphatidyl-serine and its plasmalogen and phos-phatidylcholine plasmalogen. Absolute contains farnesol and ambrettolic acid lactones.
The seeds contain chiefly 2-trans, 6-trans-farnesyl acetate, 2-cis, 6-trans farnesyl acetate and ambrettolide. The leaves contain beta-sitosterol and its beta-D-glucoside.
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