Reference Work Entry

Indian Medicinal Plants

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Grewia villosa Willd.

Family

Tiliaceae.

Habitat

Punjab, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.

English

Tamthar.

Siddha/Tamil

Kullai.

Folk

Dhohan (Rajasthan), Jalidar (Punjab), Kharamati (Maharashtra).

Action

Root—antidiarrhoeal. Root and bark—used in genitourinary infections, syphilis and smallpox.

The methanol extract of the roots contain beta-carboline alkaloids, harman, harmine, harmol, harmalol and harmaline.

The roots are also used to treat cough.

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