Action ► Plant—stimulant, carminative, diaphoretic. Leaf—bechic, febrifuge; used in cold, bronchitis, catarrh, externally in skin diseases. Essential oil—antifungal. Seeds— hypoglycaemic; also used in the treatment of leucorrhoea and other diseases of urinogenital system.
The essential oil at the flowering stage contains citral as a major component along with methylheptenone, methylnonylketone and camphor.
Leaves yielded beta-sitosterol, be-tulinic acid and ursolic acid and flavonoids, pectolinarigenin-7-methylether and nevadensin.
Seeds exhibited antidiabetic activity, improved glucose tolerance was observed in diabetic patients who were
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given 30 g seed/day for 1 month, lowering of fasting plasma glucose level up to 30% was also observed.
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