Asystasia Gangetica

Asystasia Gangetica

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Common name: Ganges Primrose, Chinese violet, creeping foxglove
Gujarati: kaligharani
Kannada: ಲವಣ ವಲ್ಲಿ lavana valli
Malayalam: valli-upu-dal
Marathi: लवण वल्ली lavana valli
Tamil: மிதிகீரை miti-kirai, சிலந்தி நாயகம்
Congo: ondo, ondoko
French: Herbe le rail
Indinesian: Rumput israel
Kannada: ಮೆದ್ಧೆ ಸೊಪ್ಪು Meddhe soppu, Lavan-valli, Maithaala kaddi
Kenya: atipa, burutula, enkosida, fuchwe, futsure, futswe, gosida, mtikini, tala-kushe, talakusha, talakushe, thalakushe, tsalakushe, turkwot, vongonya
Malayalam: Valli-upu-dali, തുപ്പലംപൊട്ടി
Malaysia:  rumput  bunga  putih,  rumput  hantu,  rumput nyonya
Marathi: लवण वल्ली Lavana valli
Rodrigues Isl.: herbe à pistache
Sanskrit: लवण वल्ली Lavana valli
Telugu: Mukka mungera, Poda beera
Botanical name: Asystasia gangetica    
Family: Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)
Synonyms: Asystasia acuminata, Asystasia bojeriana, Asystasia violacea

Description: Suberect to climbing subshrub, with 4-angled, pilose to glabrescent twigs. Leaves with up to c. 2 cm long petiole; lamina elliptic-ovate to deltoid, 2-5 x 1.5-3.5 (-4) cm, grey-pubescent to glabrate, base truncate to rounded, the margins crenulate to entire, apically acute or shortly acuminate. Flowers in terminal, 1-sided, lax raceme. Bracts lanceolate, 2.5-3 mm long, pilose. Calyx lobes lanceolate, (5-) 7-9 mm long, sparsely pubescent. Corolla yellow to creamy-white with purple streaks on throat, tube up to 2.5 cm long, narrow below, widened to c. 1 cm at the throat, hairy outside, lobes ± orbicular, up to 1.5 cm long. Anthers oblong, 2.5-3 mm long. Style up to 2 cm long. Capsule oblong, up to 2.8 cm long including stipe, pubescent, 4-seeded. 

Used in Ayurveda and Siddha. The juice, with lime and onion juice, used for dry coughs with an irritated throat and chest complaints;  sap  applied  to  sores,  swellings,  wounds  and piles; plant juice to children for swellings and rheumatism. Leaves  washed,  pounded  and  boiled,  the  decoction  drunk to  eradicate  intestinal  worms;  leaf  decoction  analgesic,  to treat epilepsy, rheumatism and urethral discharge. Powdered roots analgesic, for stomachache and snakebites. Veterinary medicine, plants pounded with water to make a wash against fleas for young animals. [CRC World Dictionary of Medicinal and Poisonous Plants]

Uses: Asystasia gangetica (L.) T. Anders. is used to expel intestinal worms and to soothe inflammation. In Malaysia, the juice expressed from the leaves is drunk to expel intestinal worms. A paste of the plant is used to counteract snake’s poison, to treat rheumatism and to soothe swollen parts. In Vietnam and the Philippines, the plant is astringent. In India, the plant is used to expel intestinal worms, soothe swollen parts and to treat rheumatism.


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