Indian Medicinal Plants

2007 Edition
| Editors: C.P. Khare

Pavonia odorata Willd.

  • C.P. Khare
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-70638-2_1138
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Family

Malvaceae.

Habitat

North-West India, Bengal and Konkan.

English

Fragrant Sticky Mallow.

Ayurvedic

Vaalaka, Baalaka, Baala, Barhishtha, Hrivera, Ambu, Jala, Nira, Paya, Toya, Udichya, Vaari, Muurdhaja. Sugandhbaalaa (also equated with Valeriana Jatamansi). In the South, Celus vettiveroides is equated with Baalaka.

Siddha/Tamil

Peraamutti, Kastoori vendai.

Action

Plant—anti-inflammatory and spasmolytic. Used in rheumatic affections. Root—stomachic, astringent, demulcent. Used in dysentery, haemorrhages from intestines; ulcers and bleeding disorders.

The roots gave an essential oil containing isovaleric acid, isovaleraldehyde, armomadendrene, pavonene, alpha-terpinene, azulene and pavonenol.

The plant exhibits antiparasitic activity against Entamoeba histolytica.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • C.P. Khare
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  1. 1.New Delhi-110 058India