Sida cordifolia

Botanical Name Sida cordifolia
Common Name Bala
Kingdom: Plantae
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Rosidae
Order: Malvales
Family: Malvaceae
Genus: Sida
Species: cordifolia
Part used Whole plant, Seeds, Leaves and Root.
Medicinal Properties Aphrodisiac, febrifuge, astringent, diuretic and tonic
Medicinal Use Whole plant: juice mixed with water beneficial in spermatorrhoea; Seeds: useful in colic, tenesmus and gonorrhoea; Leaves: useful in nervous and urinary diseases, cystitis, strangury, bleeding piles, haematuria, chronic dysentery, leucorrhoea and in asthma as cardiac tonic; Root: juice is used for healing of the wound; Bark: effective in curing facial paralysis and sciatica. Also useful in opthalmia, rheumatism, shivering fits and improves sexual strength.
ChemistryAlkaloid, ephedrine, hypaphorine, vasicinone, vascicine, choline, betaine, phytosterol and resin acids. Seeds: proteins, linoleic, malvalic and sterculic acids.
Cultivation NA
Regional HabitatGrows wild along the roadsides, throughout sub-tropical and tropical area of Rajasthan.
DescriptionA small downy erect herb or shrub, 1.5m in height, with long branches, sometimes rooting at nodes. Leaves: cordate, oblong, ovate or ovate-oblong, very downy on both surfaces; Flowers: small, tawny-yellow or white, carples 10; Fruits with a pair of awns on each carple.