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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