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Uraria picta Desv.

Synonym _ Hedysarum pictum Jacq.


Family _ Papilionaceae; Fabaceae.

Habitat _ Throughout India, in dry


Ayurvedic _ Prishniparni, Prithakparni,

Simhapushpi, Kalashi,

Dhaavani, Guhaa, Chitraparni Siddha/Tamil _ Oripai.

Action _ Root—prescribed for cough,

chills andfevers. Leaves—antiseptic,

used for urinary discharges and

genitourinary infections.

The Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia of India

recommends a decoction of whole

plant in alcoholism, insanity, psychosis;

cough, bronchitis, dyspnoea; diseases

due to vitiated blood; gout; bleeding

piles; blood dysentery, acute diarrhoea.

The plant is credited with fracturehealing

properties. Its total extract

exhibits better and quicker healing of

fractures in experimental animals due

to early accumulation of phosphorus

and more deposition of calcium.

Dosage _ Whole plant—1-2 g