Picrorhiza Scrophulanifora | Health Dictionary

Picrorhiza Scrophulanifora | Health Dictionary

Keywords of this word: Picrorhiza Scrophulanifora


Indian Medicinal Plants


Family: Scrophulariaceae.

Habitat: Eastern Himalayan in Nepal and Sikkim.

Action: Properties similar to those of Picrorhiza kurroa.

The root contains the iridoid glyco- sides, amphicoside, catalpol, aucubin and androsin; also cucurbitacin glyco- sides.

Action: Stimulant (excites most glands), expectorant, powerful diaphoretic. Used in hair tonics to stimulate hair growth. (Irritates stomach and causes vomiting in overdose.)

The leaf contains a parasympathetic stimulant pilocarpine (0.5%). It is an obsolete medicinal herb, but is used in the production of pilocarpine. (Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database, 2007.)... Indian Medicinal Plants