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.
Synonyms: Justicia procumbens L.; Justicia procumbens var. simplex (D. Don.) Tamazaki.
Bengali/Vernacular Name: Jagotmodon
Description of the Plant:
A diffuse, slender herb, with many divaricate branches, rooting at the lower nodes. Leaves 1.3-3.8 cm long, variable, elliptic or ovate, or lanceolate, usually obtuse. Flowers small, pale violet-pink, in rather dense, cylindric terminal spikes 1.3-3.8 cm long. Capsule, 4 mm, oblong, shortly pointed.
The plant is diuretic, stomachic, expectorant, anthelmintic, diaphoretic and aperient; removes indigestion, biliousness, fever and burning of the body; strengthens the lungs, the teeth, stops vomiting; good in diseases of the spleen. Along with black pepper given in ague. Leaf juice is dropped into eyes in case of ophthalmia (Yusuf et al. 2009).
Leaves contain a bitter and slightly toxic alkaloid, some aromatic amines and α-& β sitosterol. Roots contain β-sitosterol (Ghani, 2003).
Chittagong, Chittagong Hill Tracts.