P. tomentosa Roxb. ex
Family ► Rubiaceae.
Habitat ► Throughout greater part of India, ascending to an altitude of about 1,500 m in the Himalayas, also recorded from the Andamans.
English ► White-Pavetta.
Ayurvedic ► Papata, Kathachampaa.
Siddha/Tamil ► Pavattai.
Folk ► Paapadi (Maharashtra).
Action ► Root—bitter and aperient. Prescribed in visceral obstructions, renal dropsy and ascites. Leaves— used for fomenting piles and for haemorrhoidal pains. The root bark contains d-mannitol.
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