cordifolia known as 'ilima, is an erect to prostrate perennial
herb or subshrub that grows to 0.2 to 1.5 m tall.
- Sida is a
genus of 125 to 150 species of tropical and subtropical regions
of the world, from the Pacific Islands to Hawaii. 'Ilima has a
series of similar forms common to all islands but also exhibits
morphological variation from island to island.
botanical name of bala is Sida cordifolia and it belongs to
- Bala is
sweet in taste. Sweet in the post digestive effect .
Cordifolia is considered to have diaphoretic, diuretic, central
nervous system stimulating and anti-asthmatic properties.
cordifolia is related to Ma-huang (Ephedra) and is native to
India, where it has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for at least
- The stem
of this plant contains a number of active compounds, including
small amounts of an essential oil, and most important, 1-2%
alkaloids composed mainly of ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, with
ephedrine ranging from 30-90%, depending on the source.
Constituents include ephedrine (1%), phytosterols and potassium
cordifolia is widely used for its medicinal applications.
is a sympathomimetic amine - that is, its principal mechanism of
action relies on its direct and indirect actions on the
adrenergic receptor system, which is part of the sympathetic
nervous system or SNS.
cordifolia is used in the treatment of leucorrhoea, gonorrhea,
general debility and rheumatism.
aqueous extract of the whole plant is specially used in
treatment of rheumatism.
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