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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