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Plumbago zeylanica  L.

   

Botanical Name

:

Plumbago zeylanica L.

English Name

:

White Leadwort

Family

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Plumbaginaceae

 

General Info

Description

A perennial herb 1.5 m tall. Leaves thin glabrous 4 to 16 cm long and 2.0 to 7.5 cm wide, ovate apex subacute, margins entire, base tapering into amplexicaul petiole, auricles present. Flowers white, borne in elongated spikes up to 30 cm long; sepals green, persistent with membranous margins, corolla tube less than 2.2 cm long, petals 6 to 7 cm long, obovate. Fruit capsule, oblong, sharply pointed with furrows, enclosed with persistent calyx.

Herb Effects

Antiperiodic, stimulant, sudorific, stomachic, carminative, astringent, anthelmintic, laxative, expectorant, tonic, alterative, abortifacient, and alexipharmic.

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Chemistry

Active Ingredients

Plumbagin

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Plumbagin Not Available 5-hydroxy-2-methyl-n
aphthalene-1,4-dione
C11H8O3 Click Here To Enlarge

Pharmacology

Medicinal Use

For dyspepsia, piles, anasarca, diarrhea, skin disease, obstinate skin diseases, ulcers, for treating laryngitis, rheumatism, diseases of the spleen, ring worm, scabies. The root of the herb is used in cases of enlarged spleen, helps improve digestion and it stimulates the appetite.

Contraindication

It causes abortion. Large doses cause death from respiratory failure.

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