Common Name: Ashmaveda, Pashanbheda, Shilabheda
English Name: Winter Begonia, Velvet Leaf
Botanical Name: Saxifraga lingulata Wall. Bergenia lingulata Wall.
Description: Bergenia ligulata is a perennial climbing plant that grow well in moist and shady areas of Afghanistan, Himalayas (Kumaon to Bhutan), South Tibet, Meghalaya,Lushai hills.
Chemical Constituents: Bergenin, Pashaanolactone,β-Sitosterol, Stigmesterol, Tannic acid, Gallic acid, Parasorbic acid, Isovaleric acid, 1,8-cineole present in Pashanbheda.
Properties: The rhizome inhibits stone formation. In studies, bergenin exhibited marked dissolution of urinary calculi both in kidney and urine constituents. The presence of active principles like flavonoids and saponins in roots show significant diuretic activity.The roots show anti-diabetic effect which may be due the stimulation of cells of pancreatic islets or mediated through stimulation of insulin release resembling the oral hypoglycemic sulphonylureas. The root of plant has significant fever reducing properties.
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