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Betula utilis  DON.

   

Botanical Name

:

Betula utilis DON.

English Name

:

Himalayan Silver Birch, Indian Paper Birch

Synonym(s)

:

Betula bhojpattra (Wall.)

Family

:

Betulaceae

 

General Info

Description

It is a moderate-sized tree that grows up to 20m in height. The bark is smooth, shining, reddish white or white, with white horizontal lenticels. The outer bark consists of numerous thin papery layers, exfoliating in broad horizontal rolls. The inner cortex is red and moist. The leaves are ovate-acuminate, elliptic, and irregularly serrate. The flowers bloom in May-June, in pendulous spikes. Seeds are thin and winged.

Herb Effects

Antiseptic, aromatic, carminative, contraceptive (according to the Himalaya Drug Co.. see Miscellaneous field below).

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Himalayan birch

Chemistry

Active Ingredients

Betulin, lupeol, oleanolic, betulitic and acetyloheanolic acids, sitosterol, lupenone, methyl betulonate, methyl betulate and karachic acid.

Chemistry of Active Ingredients
Product Categories

Name

CAS#

IUPAC Name

Formula

Structure

Product Categories
Betulin Not Available Not Available C30H50O2 Click Here To Enlarge
Lupeol Not Available Not Available C30H50O Click Here To Enlarge
Oleanolic acid 508-02-1 10-hydroxy-2,2,6a,6b
,9,9,12a-heptamethyl
-1,3,4,5,6,6a,7,8,8a
,10,11,12, 13,14b-t
etradecahydropicene-
4a-carboxylic acid
C30H48O3 Click Here To Enlarge
Sitosterol 5779-62-4 17-(5-ethyl-6-methyl
-heptan-2-yl)-10,13-
dimethyl-2,3,4,7,8,9
,11,12,14, 15,16,17
-dodecahydro-1H-cycl
openta[a]phenanthren
-3-ol
C29H50O Click Here To Enlarge
Lupenone 1617-70-5 Not Available C30H48O Click Here To Enlarge
Methyl betulate 2259-06-5 Not Available C31H50O3 Click Here To Enlarge

Pharmacology

Medicinal Use

As a carminative (infusion), antiseptic and in maladies involving convulsions, such as epilepsy (decoction).

Reference

The Himalaya Drug Company.


Uniyal et al., Medicinal Flora of Garhwal Himalayas.

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