native to Southeast Asia; found in ponds and ditches throughout
English Indian Blue Water-lily.
Ayurvedic Nilotpala (blue or voilet-flowered var.).
Action Flowers and rhizomes -
astringent, demulcent, mild sedative, spasmolytic, antiseptic,
antimicrobial. Used in the form of an infusion internally for
chronic diarrhoea, as a douche for leucorrhoea and vaginitis, as
a gargle for sore throat. Also given internally in prostatis.
Seeds - used in diabetes, also in
Filaments - astringent and cooling; prescribed for bleeding
piles and menorrhagia.
toxic on the nervous system. The flowers contain flavonoids
including quercetin, kaempferol, apigenin. Cardiac glucoside,
Dosage Dried flowers - 4 - 5 g ; seed - 2 - 3