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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