350 Justicia gendarussa Burm. f.
Habitat ► Throughout greater parts of India, in waste lands, hedges and rocky ravines.
Siddha/Tamil ► Velimungil.
Folk ► Had-paata (Bihar), Prameha-harati, Mokandar. (Madhya Pradesh).
Action ► Plant—used in diarrhoea; externally for swellings and boils.
Family ► Acanthaceae.
Habitat ► Throughout the greater part of India and Andaman Islands.
Ayurvedic ► Krishna Vaasaa (blue var.), Nila-nirgundi, Krishna-nirgundi, Nila-manjari.
Siddha/Tamil ► Karunochhi, Vadaikkuthi.
Action ► Febrifuge, diaphoretic, emetic, emmenagogue. Infusion of leaves—given internally in cephalal-gia, hemiplegia and facial paralysis. Fresh leaves—used topically in oedema and rheumatism. Bark— emetic.
The leaves contain beta-sitosterol, an alkaloid, lupeol, friedelin and aromatic amines.
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