Action: Anticalculus (used in lithiasis), diuretic, demulcent, anthelmintic, antidiarrhoeal, anticholerin, bechic; leaf used in hepatitis, root in strangury. A decoction of the plant is used in catarrh of bladder. The flowers and roots are used for headache.
Key application: As diuretic and lithontriptic. (The British Herbal Pharmacopoeia.)The plant contains palmitic acid, beta-sitosterol and alpha-amyrin.Aerva scandens Wall., synonym A. sanguinolenta Blume, is also known as Paashaanabheda in the south.Species used as Paashaanabheda: Bergenia ligulata (north), Aerva lanata (south), Coleus amboinicus (east) and Bryophyllum pinnatum (west).Dosage: 50-100 ml decoction. (CCRAS.)... Indian Medicinal Plants
Earlier, the herb was used to treat ulcers, boils, abscesses, headaches and paralysis. William Withering, an 18th century English country doctor, explored the plant's hidden properties. His work led to the production of digoxin, a life-saving medicine.Safety of the herb cannot be established due to variable amounts of cardiac glycosides. The powder is toxic at 520 mg.... Indian Medicinal Plants