Medicinal Plants of Bangladesh
Medicinal Plants Database of Bangladesh includes the authentic Taxonomic Information, Vernacular/Bangla Name, Tribal and English Name, Family, Description and Photograph of the Plants, Chemical Constituents, Uses and Distribution of the species in Bangladesh. MPBD also contain dictionary of Botanical and Pharmacological terms.
Bengali/Vernacular Name: Akasbel.
A parasitic, herbaceous, leafless plant; stem very long, cord-like, twined and matted together, dark green. Flowers small, sessile, in lax lateral divaricate spikes, 1.3-5 cm long. Fruit 6 mm across, white, globose, smooth, enclosed in the fleshy perianth-tube.
The plant is alterative, tonic astringent, aphrodisiac and diuretic; used in bilious affections, urethritis, chronic dysentery, dropsy, anasarca, skin diseases, seborrhoea, congestion, rheumatism and waist pain. The plant is reported to be used as an insecticide. The plant contains an alkaloid, which produces cramps and in large doses even death. The stem powder mixed with sesame oil is used as a hair tonic.
Plant contains alkaloids, cassythine, cassyfiline, nantenine, laurotetamine, cassamedine, cassameridine, cassythidine and its oxymethyl derivative, dulcitol (Rastogi & Mehrotra, 1990; Ghani, 2003).
Mainly Chittagong, Khulna.