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Nymphaea alba  Linn.

   

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Botanical Name

:

Nymphaea alba Linn.

English Name

:

European White Water-Lily

Synonym(s)

:

Castalia alba (L.)Wood., Castalia speciosa Salisb.

Family

:

Nymphaeaceae

 

General Info

Description

A perennial aquatic herb. Leaves rounded, cordate, entire; rhizome black; flowers solitary, white, 10-13 cm. across, floating; fruit a spongy berry ripening under water; seeds minute, striate, punctate, buried in pulp.

Herb Effects

Antidysenteric, astringent, aphrodisiac, a heart stimulant, useful in improving memory and narcotic (rhizome); alleviates spasms and sedative (alcohol extract of rhizome); anaphrodisiac and sedative (flowers)

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Chemistry

Active Ingredients

Nymphalin (flower); luteolin, beta-aminoadipic acid and gossypitrin (leaf); nypheine (root).

Chemistry of Active Ingredients
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Name

CAS#

IUPAC Name

Formula

Structure

Product Categories
Luteolin Not Available 2-(3,4-dihydroxyphen
yl)-4,5-dihydroxy-ch
romen-7-one
C15H10O6 Click Here To Enlarge
Gossypitrin Not Available 2-(3,4-dihydroxyphen
yl)-3,5,8-trihydroxy
-7-[(2S,3R,4S,5S,6R)
-3,4,5-tri hydroxy-
6-(hydroxymethyl)oxa
n-2-yl]oxy-chromen-4
-one
C21H20O13 Click Here To Enlarge

Pharmacology

Medicinal Use

In dysentery and irritable bowel syndrome, as an astringent and a narcotic (rhizome); for gastrointestinal disorders and jaundice; to treat bronchial catarrh and kidney pain and can be taken as a gargle for sore throats (root decoction); in the treatment of insomnia and anxiety (flower).

Contraindication

Do no use if pregnant.

Reference

Chandel et al., Biodiversity in Medicinal and Aromatic Plants in India.

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