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CYMBOPOGON JWARANCUSA

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(Jones) Schult.

Synonym ► Andropogon jwarancusa Jones.

Family ► Poaceae.

Habitat ► Himalayas from Kashmir to Assam, ascending up to more than 300 m and in the north-western plains.

Ayurvedic ► Bhuutikaa, Laamajja- ka, Laamajja. (Subs. Vetiveria zizanioides (L.) Nash.)

Unani ► Izkhar.

Action ► Blood purifier, bechic, anticholerin, emmenagogue, febrifuge, antirheumatic (also used in gout). Flower—styptic. Essential oil—antimicrobial.

Major constituent of the essential oil is piperitone (64.7%) others include borneol, cadinene, camphene, camphor, farnesene, geraniol, alpha-and beta-pinene. The antibacterial activity is attributed to piperitone.

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