PUERARIA TUBEROSA DC.

Family: Fabaceae

Bengali/Vernacular Name: Shemia batraj.

Description of the Plant:
A large perennial climber, with a large tuberous roots; stem woody, up to 12 cm in diam. Leaves trifoliate; leaflets 12-20 cm long, the terminal broadly ovate, acuminate, cuneate at base, the lateral ovate-oblong, inequilateral, truncate at the base, densely clothed with whitish, adpressed hairs beneath. Flowers blue or purplish blue, in racemes, 15-30 cm long. Pods flat, 5-7 cm long, densely clothed with long, silky, bristly brown hairs.

Using Information:
Flowers are cooling and aphrodisiac. Tubers are cooling, aphrodisiac, tonic, galactagogue, diuretic and alterative; clears the voice; cures leprosy, burning sensation and urinary discharges. Roots are emetic and lactagogue; given as a demulcent and refrigerant in fevers (Yusuf et al. 2009).

Chemical Constituents:
Roots contain β-sitosterol, stigmasterol, daidzein, puerarin and a new isoflavone C-glycoside – 4´,6´´-diacetylpuerarin. A new pterocarpan - tuberosin has also been isolated from roots and tubers (Rastogi & Mehrotra, 1990 & 93).

Distribution:
Chittagong and Chittagong Hill Tracts.


PUERARIA TUBEROSA
PUERARIA TUBEROSA DC.



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