Phyllanthus simplex Retz

Family ► Euphorbiaceae.

Habitat ► Throughout drier parts of India.

Unani ► Kanochaa, Isfahaan Marv.

Siddha/Tamil ► Mela-nelli.

Action ► Leaves—an infusion is used in headache. Seeds—carminative, diuretic.

Whole plant revealed antispasmod-ic action in isolated guinea-pig ileum, CNS depressant and hypothermic effects in mice.

Family ► Euphorbiaceae.

Habitat ► Throughout India.

Ayurvedic ► Bhumyaamalaki (var.).

Folk ► Mothi-bhuiaamvali (Maharashtra).

Plant—antiseptic. Fresh leaves, bruised in butter milk, are used as a wash for itch. Fresh leaves, flowers and fruits with cumin seeds and sugar, are used in gonorrhoea. Root—applied to mammary abscesses. Fruits contain oxalic acid.

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