Action ► Laxative, antibilious, diuretic, diaphoretic, expectorant. Leaves—used for fever, headache, rheumatism. Flowers—blood coagulant, used for piles. Alhagi-manna—expectorant, antiemetic, laxative.
Along with other therapeutic applications, The Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia of India indicates the use of dried whole plant in gout and haemorrhagic disorders.
The aerial parts contain flavonoids, tannins, sterols, triterpenes, saponins and anthroquinones.
The proanthocyanidins derived from the plant possess hypolipidemic and antiatherosclerotic properties. The compounds prevented an increase in rat serum cholesterol and triglycerides,
Alkanna tinctoria (L.) Tausch.
and they decreased the manifestation of atherosclerosis.
A polymeric proanthocyanidin, extracted from the plant, improved energy metabolism and increased the work capacity in rats.
Ethanolic extract of the aerial parts produced positive inotropic effect on rabbit heart.
Dosage ► Whole plant—20-50 g for decoction. (API Vol. II.) Decoction—50-100 ml. (CCRAS.)
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