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Family: Menispermaceae (Moonseed family)
Genus: Tinospora
Botanical name: Tinospora sinensis
PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
Sanskrit: Vatsadani, Sudarsana, Amrta, Vanaguduchi, Vanaamrita
Hindi: Bangiloy
English: Wild tinospora, Malabar Gulbel, Chinese tinospora
Malayalam: Kattamrit, Valiya amrit, Pee-amerdu
MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Deciduous, climbing shrubs. Stem with prominent, scattered lenticels. Bark papery, greyish white.Latex watery. Tender branches with distinct white hairs. Leaves alternate, broadly egg-shaped, 7-17 x 4-13 cm, base heart-shaped, apex acuminate, margin entire, sparingly pubescent in upper surface and densely pubescent in lower surface, basal nerves 5-7; leaf stalk up to 10 cm long, hairy. Flowers are formed in racemes from the axils of fallen leaves and also on the old stem, greenish yellow, many, 5 mm across. Male and female flowers are seen separately in the same plant. Drupes 1-3 in a cluster, spherical shaped, about 1.5 cm across, turning orange-red when ripe.
Stems are used for treating piles, ulcerated wounds, liver complaints, chronic rheumatism and also as muscle relaxant.
Kattamrit
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