Polygonum affine D

Family ► Liliaceae.

Habitat ► Temperate Himalayas and Manipur.

Ayurvedic ► Medaa. (Substitute: Asparagus racemosus.)

Unani ► Shaqaaqul. (Substitute: Pastinaca secacul.)

Folk ► Mithaa-dudhiaa.

Action ► Used in Tibetan medicine for treating emaciation, senility, pulmonary affections. The rhizomes is valued as salep.

The dried rhizomes contain 6.2-9% diosgenin.

The lactins of the rootstock did not contain carbohydrates; the amino acid

Synonym ► Bistorta affinis (D. Don) Green.

Family ► Polygonaceae.

Habitat ► Himalayas from Kashmir to Nepal at altitudes of 2,4004,800 m.

Action ► Flowers—stimulant.

The inflorescence gave flavonoids, including quercetin, isorhamnetin, lu-teolin and apigenin derivatives. The leaves contain the flavonoids, 8-C-glucosyltricin and isorhamnetin.

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