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Operculina turpethum  (L.) S. MANSO

   

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Botanical Name

:

Operculina turpethum (L.) S. MANSO

English Name

:

Turpeth, Indian Jalap and St. Thomas Lidpod

Synonym(s)

:

Ipomoea turpethum R. Br., Convolvulus turpethum. Linn.

Family

:

Convolvulaceae

 

General Info

Description

A large perennial twiner with milky juice and fleshy branched. The leaves are very variable in shape; the flowers are tubular-campanulate, white, in few flowered cymes; the capsules globose with 4 or less, dull black, glabrous seeds.

Herb Effects

Laxative (resin and root) and antiinflammatory (root); purgative (root-bark)

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Chemistry

Active Ingredients

A glycosidic resin, alpha and beta-turpethin, a volatile oil and coumarin (plant).

Chemistry of Active Ingredients
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CAS#

IUPAC Name

Formula

Structure

Product Categories
Coumarin 60094-90-8 6-(1,2-dihydroxy-3-m
ethyl-but-3-enyl)-7-
methoxy-chromen-2-on
e
C15H16O5 Click Here To Enlarge

Pharmacology

Medicinal Use

Snakebite antidote and scorpion sting (root); dropsy, gout, chronic constipation, arthritis, jaundice, depression, leprosy and spleen enlargement, for giddiness, vomiting and fainting; for the treatment of piles (leaves);

Contraindication

Moderate doses can cause loose stools and vomiting.

Reference

Sharma, Classical Uses of Medicinal Plants.


Chandel et al., Biodiversity in Medicinal and Aromatic Plants in India.

The Himalaya Drug Company.

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