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Alangium salvifolium  Wang

   

Botanical Name

:

Alangium salvifolium Wang

English Name

:

Sage-leaved alangium

Synonym(s)

:

Alangium lamarckii Thw.

Family

:

Alangiaceae

 

General Info

Description

A deciduous, rambling shrub or a tree, up to 10 m in height with a maximum girth of 1.2 m. Bark pale brown, aromatic, rough with shallow cracks, exfoliating in sub-corky scales; leaves alternate, variable in shape, oblong or elliptic oblong, acuminate base rounded or acute, glabrous above and sparsely pubescent beneath, up to 15 cm long, long-petioled; flowers white, fragrant, in axillary fascicles; drupes ellipsoid, black, crowned by persistent calyx, edible; seeds large, enclosed in red, mucilaginous, sweet but rather astringent pulp.

Herb Effects

Laxative, astringent, pungent, anthelmintic, purgative and emetic (root bark); alleviates spasms, antiprotozoal and hypoglycemic (leaf).

Chemistry

Active Ingredients

Ipecac alkaloides (root bark); analgiside and loganic acid (leaf, fruit and root).

Chemistry of Active Ingredients
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Name

CAS#

IUPAC Name

Formula

Structure

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Loganic acid Not Available 8-hydroxy-7-methyl-5
-[3,4,5-trihydroxy-6
-(hydroxymethyl)tetr
ahydropyra n-2-yl]o
xy-4-oxabicyclo[4.3.
0]non-2-ene-2-carbox
ylic acid
C16H24O10 Click Here To Enlarge

Pharmacology

Medicinal Use

For skin disorders, as a laxative and anthelmintic (root bark); in tuberculosis (fruit); in diabetes (leaves).

Contraindication

It contains an alkaloid which when administered in small doses causes a transient fall in blood pressure followed by a sustained rise, depression of the heart, and irregular respiration.

Reference

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


Sharma, Classical Uses of Medicinal Plants.

Rao KN. Venkatachalam SR. Dihydrofolate reductase and cell growth activity inhibition by the beta-carboline-benzoquinolizidine plant.

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