|Botanical Name|| Blepharis edulis|
|Common Name|| Uttanjan, Sunishannaka|
|Part used|| Leaves, Seeds, Roots |
|Medicinal Properties|| Attenuant, Resolvent, Diuretic, Aphrodisiac, Expectorant.|
|Medicinal Use|| Leaves: useful in tridosha fevers, urinary discharges, leucoderma, stop nasal haemorrhage, control asthma, cough and inflammation of throat, mental derangements, leaves are also used in treatment of ascites and liver and spleen disorders. When applied locally they are said to have beneficial effects on wounds and ulcers. Seeds: seeds have the reputation of curing strangury, also beneficial in diseases of the blood, chest, lungs and liver. Roots: regulate menstruation
|Chemistry||White crystalline body soluble in water, amylic and ethylic alcohol which is insoluble in ether and petrolium ether. It gives reddish color with sulpuric acid. Extract of seeds contained much mucilage and vegtable albumen.
|Regional Habitat||Thar desert area|
|Description||Blepharis edulis is a small, grey-pubescent or nearly glabrous perennial herb. The stem is rigid and prickley. The plant has numerous serrate leaves, which are armed with prickles. The flowers are yellow. The capsules are 2-seeded, seeds are heart shaped, smooth and shining, flattened of a brownish color.