Unani Saqmunia

Action ► Resin from rhizomes—hy-dragogue, Cathartic, administered in dropsy and anascara.

Most of the resin available in India is imported from Syria and Asia Minor and is grossly adulterated.

The roots contain on an average 8% resin together with dihydroxy cinnam-ic acid, beta-methyl-esculetin, ipu-ranol, surcose, a reducing sugar and starch. The resin consists of the glyco-sides and methylpentosides of jalapi-nolic acid and its methyl ester.

Large doses cause acute gastro-intestinal irritation, and, if absorbed, produce cystitis and nephritis.

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