Siddha Tamil Pirattaikeerai

Folk ► Naadi shaaka, Narichaa. Titapat (Bengal).

Action ► Leaves—stomachic, carminative, diuretic, antidysenteric (dried leaves). Seeds—purgative.

Seeds contain cardiac glycosides. These include two monosides, helveti-

coside and corchoroside A and two polar glycosides, erysimoside and olitori-side. Leaves contain beta-sitosterol-glucoside. Corchoroside A exhibited cardiotonic properties.

The aqueous/alcoholic extracts, containing polysaccharides, may be used in preparations of skin cosmetics or hair preparations for their moisturizing effect.

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