Ranunculus sceleratus Linn

Family ► Ranunculaceae.

Habitat ► The plains of northern India, and the warm valleys of the Himalayas from Kashmir to Assam.

English ► Blister Buttercup, Celery-leaved Crowfoot.

Ayurvedic ► Kaandira, Kaandakatu-ka, Naasaa-samvedana, Toyavalli, Sukaandaka.

Action ► Fresh Plant—highly acrid, rubefacient, vesicant and toxic;

Raphanus sativus Linn. 537

causes inflammation of the digestive tract. Used after drying or as a homoeopathic medicine for skin diseases.

The plant contains anemonin, pro-toanemonin, ranunculine, serotonin and other tryptamine derivatives.

Serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine) is a potent vaso-constrictor. Pro-toanemonin possesses strong antibacterial, antiviral, cytopathogenic and vermicidal properties, and is effective against both Gram-positive and Gramnegative bacteria, similar to penicillic acid. It inhibits the growth of E. coli, Staphylococcus aureus and Candida al-bicans. It inactivates in vitro diptheria toxin.

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