Family ► Aizoaceae; Molluginaceae.
Mollugo spergula Linn.
Habitat ► Upper Gangetic Plains, Punjab, Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka.
Ayurvedic ► Parpata (substitute). Grishma-Sundara.
Siddha/Tamil ► Parpaatakam.
Action ► Plant—stomachic, aperient, febrifuge, antiseptic, blood purifier (used for venereal diseases), emmenagogue. Root—used in rheumatism and gout.
Flowers and shoots—diaphoretic, given in fevers. An infusion of the plant is given to promote lochial discharge.
The plant contains orientin (leteo-lin-8-C-glucoside), vitexin (apigenin-8-C-glucoside) and their 2"-O-gluco-sides. The plant is cardiostimulant, also antibacterial.
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