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Shalparni Desmodium Gangeticum Da Ye Shan Ma Huang Seeds
Packet of 40+ home grown seeds!
This little native vine is pretty common here in the scrub at home.
It produces lovely little purple and pink flowers on long sprays, followed by velcro-like pods.
I reckon it’s pretty, but I personally don’t do anything with it except admire its beauty.
Overseas in India and China it is a prized medicinal species and it has been used for everything from heart disease, anorexia, asthma, fever, bronchitis, cancer, candidiasis, pain, diabetes, dysentery, flatulence, gallstones, headache, indigestion, kidney stones, cramps, nausea, inflammation, infertility, piles, typhoid, tuberculosis, scorpion sting snake bite and toothache.
The treatment of toothache and associated pain by chewing the root could be a thing because the roots contain several alkaloids, flavonoids and pterocarpanoids, most of which are anti-inflammatory and have strong antibiotics effects.
Just speculation mind you, like I say, never done it myself and don’t recommend it.
It’s native to a huge area including Africa, the Indian subcontinent, China, Japan, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, and of course Australia.
Know as akar katah, amshumath, amsumati, andudukut, andudukut, anshumati, ban gahat, bhui, bormajal, chalani, chan dou, chungmue, dai, daun bulu ayam, da ye shan lu dou, da ye shan ma huang, deerghangi, deerghapatra, dhruva, dikit-dikit, dirghamoola, dirghamuli, dirghangi, engan, famolakantsy, gangaretan, gitanaram, gitanaramu, guha, heng he shan lu dou, i-nio, i nio, kalkal otek, kareti, kemani bali, kolakannaru, kolakuponna, hooked hairypod, tick clover, asumat, kolaku ponna, kolaponna, kupkupies-ñg-babasit, lepantan, mangkit, mankit-parang, marulahonne, meringan, moovilai, moovile honne, murelchonne, murelehonne, nabiyalabune, nakkatokaponna, nariyalavona, nariyalovona, nupan-nupan, nupan nupan, orila, orilai, paiang-paiang, paiang paiang, pandadiyo, pega-pega, pivari, porongkhok, prisniparni, prsniparni, pulladi, pullati, pustaboeni, rambhal, ranganjya, rumput goro-goro, saalapaani, saalvan, it was also known by the following botanical synonums.
Aeschynomene gangetica, Aeschynomene maculata, Aeschynomene maculate, Desmodium cavakeriei, Desmodium cavaleriei, Desmodium lanceolatum, Desmodium latifolium, Desmodium maculatum, Desmodium natalitium, Desmodium polygonoides, Hedysarum collinum, Hedysarum gangeticum, Hedysarum lanceolatum, Hedysarum maculatum, Hedysarum ochroleucum, Hedysarum pseudogangeticum, Meibomia gangetica, Meibomia polygonodes, Pleurolobus gangeticus, Pleurolobus maculatus
It is a very important herb in Ayurvedic medicine, and Shalparni is considered to be astringent, bitter, and sweet in taste, sweet after digestion, and hot in effect.
It is said to aid digestion, and/or cause vomiting and purging followed by a feeling of lightness.
Sounds a bit hectic to me..
It was also one of the Nigerian herbs tested by the Walter Reed Army Institute research team back in 1994.
They were looking for alkaloids active against parasitic protozoal diseases like malaria, leishmaniasis and trypanosomiasis and crude plant extracts from this had some promising results.
It is grown as a green manure and weed suppression crop in tea and rubber plantations and the fibrous stems are used in paper production.
I like it just because it looks pretty and is easy to grow.
Just soak the seeds in warm water overnight, then plant shallowly in a nice sandy soil mix.
In a warm climate they should be starting to pop within the month.
Home grown organically by me and the Mrs, no chems no nasties no problems!!!