Reference Work Entry

Indian Medicinal Plants

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Centaurea behen Linn.

Family: 

Compositae; Asteraceae.

Habitat: 

Indigenous to Iran. Imported into India.

English: 

White Rhapontic.

Unani: 

Behman Safed, Behman-abyaz.

Action: 

Root—nervine and anabolic tonic, strengthens central nervous system; also used in jaundice and affections of the kidney.

The roots contain taraxasterol, its acetate and myristate.

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