Tinospora crispa

Linn. Miers ex Hook. f. Thoms.

Family ► Menispermaceae.

Ayurvedic ► Guduuchi (related species).

Action ► Plant—diuretic, as powerful a febrifuge as cinchona.

The plant contains a bitter principle picrotein and furanoditerpene glyco-side, tinocrisposide.

Stem, roots and tubers contain a di-terpenoid—tinosporan, which appears to be closely related to columbin.

The mucilage from leaves gave galac-tan, pentosan, methyl pentosan and sugars.

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