Siddha/Tamil ► Valampiri.
Action ► Pods and bark—antidiar-rhoeal, astringent, antibilious. Bark and root—antigalactic, demulcent, expectorant (used in cough and asthma). Leaf—paste used against skin diseases. Pods—anthelmintic. Used in fever due to cold. Seeds— aqueous extract administered in colic and dysentery.
The plant contains a 4-quinolone alkaloid, malatyamine, an antidiarrhoeal principle.
The seeds gave diosgenin. Root gave cytotoxic principles—cucurbitacin B
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