Family ► Menispermaceae.
Habitat ► Himalayas from Simla to Sikkim, Khasi Hills and Assam.
Ayurvedic ► Used as Paathaa (Cissampelos pareira).
Folk ► Gidaangu (Garhwal), Paahraa (Dehradun).
Action ► Tubers—used in pulmonary diseases, asthma, intestinal, disorders and hyperglycaemia.
Alkaloid palmitine exhibits antibiotic activity; stepharine anticholinesterase, cycleanine anti-inflammatory
and hyndarine sedative activity. Tetra-hydropalmatine produces sedative and anticonvulsant effects on animals (similar but weaker to that of chloropro-mazine). Alkaloids from rhizomes— hypotensive. Pronuciferine hydrochloride—spasmolytic. Root—hypogly-caemic, spasmolytic, CNS active, antimicrobial.
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