Trichodesma indicum L R Br

Family Name:


Local Name/

Handusi booti, Nila karaji/Indian borage

English Name:

Flowering Period:




Part Used:

Whole plant


An annual prostrate herb, grows in waste places in grassy

fields in clay.


Pakistan: Sind, Karachi, Balouchistan, Chitral, Hazara,

Swat, Jhelum, and Kashmir. World: Afghanistan, India,

Philippines, and Mauritius.


A small annual, hairy, and prostrate herb up to 1 ft tall.

Stem erect, branched, herbaceous, hairy, light green.

Leaves simple, alternate, hairy, lannceolate to oblanceo-

late, entire, and pedicellate. Flowers are pinkish-blue,

many, solitary, or in terminal short racemes. Anthers

hairy. Fruit smooth and nutlets (Fig. 3.90).

Medicinal Uses:


xh kg of fresh plant is collected by men or women

20-40 years old, daily in any season; then it is cleaned

and washed once or twice in water.

Fungus Growing Shrub Trichodesma

Family Name:



Diseases Cured:


Uses: Phytochemicals

(a) 70-80 g fresh leaves is ground daily with 50 g of sugar for 4-5 min. Next, 1 cup (250 mL) of water is added and then filtered with a piece of cloth. This filtrate is then given to patients suffering from diarrhea, dysentery, and stomach inflammation. For children, 1 cup (250 mL) of drug is given once in the morning for 4-5 days. For adults, 1 cup (250 mL) of drug is given once in the morning for 7-8 days.

(b) 200 g of fresh leaves and roots is ground daily for

6-7 min. This paste (malum) is applied to painful joints and wounds 2-3 times per day for 3-4 days.

(c) xh kg of fresh plant is ground daily for 10-12 min; 1 cup (250 mL) of water is mixed in. This paste (pinna) is given to cattle suffering from stomach disorders and to kill intestinal worm; 250 g of drug is given twice daily (morning-evening) for 2-4 days.

Diarrhea, dysentery, stomach inflammation, joint swelling, stomach disorders; to soften wounds; and to kill intestinal worms in cattle.

The plant is used as fodder for cattle.

Steroids, triterpenoids, and lipids [73]._

Puth Kanda
Fig. 3.91 Tylophora hirsuta Linn

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