Phaseolus vulgaris Linn

Phlogacanthus thyrsiflorus Nees.

English ► Kidney Bean, French Bean, Haricot Bean.

Action ► Bean—diuretic, hypotensive, resolvent, regulates blood sugar. Used for water retention; albuminuria, especially of pregnancy; premenstrual tension.

Key application ► Seed-free pods—in supportive treatment for inability to urinate. (German Commission E.)

The seeds of French Bean contain triterpenoid glucosides and soyasapo-nin V.

Raajmah consumption by diabetic patients is reported to produce highly significant reduction in their blood glucose level and glycaemic index, as compared to wheat and rice consumption.

Raw bean contains lectins which are destroyed when cooked. Its hypogly-caemic activity is most likely due to its chromium, trigonelline and fiber content. (Sharon M. Herr.)

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