Reference Work Entry

Indian Medicinal Plants

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Ipomoea petaloidea Choisy.

Synonym: 

Operculina petaloidea Choisy.

Family: 

Convolvulaceae.

Habitat: 

Throughout India; ascending to 300 m.

Ayurvedic: 

Shyaamaa, Chhaagalaantri, Vriddhadaaraka, Vriddhadaaru. Argyreia nervosa (Burm. f.) Boj., synonym A. spiciosa Sweet, Convolvulaceae, is equated with Vriddhadaaru and Vriddhadaaruka, while Ipomoea petaloidea and I. pes-caprae are also known by identical synonyms. Operculina turpethum, synonym I. turpethum is used as a substitute for I. petaloidea.

Unani: 

Shaaraf.

Siddha: 

Nilapoosani.

Folk: 

Bidhaaraa, Nishoth (black var.)

Action: 

Purgative. Used as a supporting herb for diseases of the nervous system.

Dosage: 

Leaf, root—3–6 g powder; leaf juice—5–10 ml. (CCRAS.)

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