Tinospora malabarica

Miers ex Hook. f.

T. tomentosa (Colebr.) Miers.

Family ► Menispermaceae.

Habitat ► Throughout India, ascending to an altitude of 1,000 m.

Ayurvedic ► Kandodbhava-guduchi, Vatsaadani, Padma-Guduuchi.

Action ► Fresh leaves and stem are used in chronic rheumatism. Known as "muscle-relaxing vine" in China.

Used as a substitute for T. cordifolia. The plant is an inferior substitute as it contains less of carbohydrates, sterols, alkaloids and tannins.

Alkaloid magnoflorine shows hypotensive as well as curare-like effect in animals.

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