Synonym ► Dendrophthoe falcate (Linn. f.) Etting.
Family ► Loranthaceae.
Habitat ► Throughout India, as a parasite.
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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