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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