Loranthus falcatus Linn f

Synonym ► Dendrophthoe falcate (Linn. f.) Etting.

Family ► Loranthaceae.

Habitat ► Throughout India, as a parasite.

384 Loranthus pentandrus Linn.

Ayurvedic ► Bandaaka, Sanharshaa, Vrikshaadani, Vrikshaaruha, Vriksha-bhakshaa. (A large bushy parasite, which causes much damage to the host tree.)

Action ► Tender shoots—contain 10% tannins. Bark—astringent and narcotic.

The plant contains the oleanane type triterpene saponins. It is reported to exhibit antitumour activity.

The fruit juice is used as a homoeopathic drug in hepatic congestion, irritation and inflammation of gastric mucosa.

Dosage ► Leaf, fruit, root—10-20 ml juice. (CCRAS.)

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