Leptadenia reticulata W A

Family ► Asclepiadaceae.

Habitat ► Sub-Himalayan tracts of Punjab and Uttar Pradesh and Deccan Peninsula up to an altitude of 900 m.

Ayurvedic ► Jivanti; Jivaniya, Jiva-pushpa, Hemavati, Jivana. Shaaka-shreshtha, Payaswini, Maangalya, Madhusravaa. (Guduuchi, Medaa, Kaakoli and Vrkshaadani are also known as Jivanti.) (Haimavati

Leucaena glauca Benth. 371

is equated with Orris Root and Hemapushpa with Sarca asoca flower.)

Siddha/Tamil ► Keerippaalai.

Action ► Plant—stimulant and restorative. Improves eyesight. Found useful in the treatment of habitual abortion. Leaves and roots used in skin diseases.

The herb contains n-triacontane, cetyl alcohol, beta-sitosterol, beta-amyrin acetate, lupanol 3-O-digluco-side and lepitidin glycoside.

Stigmasterol and lipoid fraction of the plant exhibited estrogen mimetic effects.

Alcoholic extract of roots and leaves show antibacterial activity against Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria.

Intravenous administration of aqueous extract of stems has a pronounced and hypotensive action in anaesthetized dogs.

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