Siddha Tamil Kaattu seerakam

Action ► Anthelmintic (against earthworms and tapeworms), stomachic, diuretic; used in skin diseases.

Delta-7-avenasterol is the main active principle of seeds. Seed oil contains vernasterol. Seeds bitter principle is a demanolide lactone. Centratherin and germacranolide from the leaves and stem have been isolated. Leaves contain abscisic acid. EtOH extract of achenes exhibited good results in giar-diasis. Various plant parts are used in syphilis. Clinical studies on vircarcika eczema validated the use of the drug in skin diseases.

The drug exhibited smooth muscle-relaxant and hypotensive activity in animals.

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