Action ► Berries—diuretic, aperient, alterative. Used for gout and urinary diseases.
Quercetin 3-O-galactoside, isolated from the crude extract of the leaves, is reported to exhibit anti-inflammatory activity comparable to phenylbutazone in carageenan-induced rat paw oedema.
Physalis minima Linn. var indica C. B. Clarke is common weed in irrigated fields and bunds.
The plant contains withasteroids, physalindicanols, withaminimin and withaphysalin, 3-O-glucosides of kaempferol and quercetin, in addition to beta-sitosterol and its glucoside.
The diuretic action of Physalis minima leaves is attributed to the high content of potassium nitrate (8-10%).
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