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aka Country mallow
(Sida cordifolia)
[huang hua zi]
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CONTAINS: 0.85% total alkaloid (approx), mostly ephedrine. Seeds contain 3.23% fatty oils, steroids, phytosterol, resin, resin acids, mucin and potassium nitrate. Ethanolic extract is antiprotozoal against Entamoeba histolytica strain STA and depresses blood pressure in cats and dogs.

This plant is more familiar to Ayurvedic medicine than to Chinese where it also finds some limited use. It is considered as amoebicidal, aphrodisiac, astringent, cardiotonic, demulcent, diuretic, laxative, refrigerant, stomachic and tonic and has been used for asthma, bilious conditions, colic, cough, cystitis, dysentery, dysuria, elephantitis, fever, gonorrhea, hematuria, hemaplegia, inflammation, ophthalmia, paralysis, piles, rheumatism, sciatica, sores, strangury, tenesmus, tumors of the abdomen, ulcers and urogenital conditions. It is also applied to bruises and swellings.


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