Pavetta indica Linn

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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