|Name: Country Mallow
Name: Sida cordifolia, Sida
herbacea, Sida althaeitolia, Sida rotundifolia
See Also: Sida Rhombifolia,
Country Mallow, Bala, Bariar,
Bijband, Brela, Chikana, Chiribenda, Chitimutti, Hettuti-gida, Janglimethi,
Kharenti, Khareti, Kisangi, Kungyi, Mayir-manikham, Muttuva, Paniyar-tutti,
Simak, Tupkaria, Tutturabenda, Velluram
Grows wild along roadsides throughout the tropical and sub-tropical plains of India and
Sri Lanka. An Ayurvedic herb.
alkaloids: The whole plant (including leaves, seeds.. stems and roots) contains
about 0.085%. The seeds contain 0.32% of alkaloid. The seeds contain more
alkaloids that that is found in either the stems, roots or leaves.
no tannin or glucoside is
The main portion of the alkaloid identified to be ephedrine, an alkaloid
that is observed in the different varieties of Ephedra.
Used: Roots, leaves, seeds and stems
and Healing Applications
Analgesic, aphrodisiac, demulcent, diuretic, nervine, rejuvenative, stimulant, tonic, vulnerary
Roots of these species are:
aromatic, astringent, bitter, cooling, demulcent, diuretic, febrifuge, stomachic,
Indian scientists in 1930
reported the presence of a sympathomimetic alkaloid in this herb whose pharmacological action closely resembled that of ephedrine and they thought that the alkaloid was undoubtedly ephedrine.
Later work has shown that the sympathomimetic alkaloid had showed all the chemical and physical characteristics of ephedrine.
This explains the widespread use of this herb in Ayurveda as a cardiac stimulant. The seeds are considered to be aphrodisiac.
Scientists have also reported that the pharmacological action of this herb
caused marked and persistent rise of blood pressure in anaesthetised or decerebrated
strengthening before and after chemotherapy
chronic inflammation, for healing tissues of
neuralgia and nerve inflammation
stimulant, as a
Decoction, powder, medicated oil.
For serious illness like cancer, use one or more ounces daily.
Roots are given in infusion
for nervous and urinary diseases, disorders of the blood and
bile, bleeding piles, gonorrhea, cystitis, leuccorrhoea, chronic dysentery, nervous diseases
such as insanity, facial paralysis, and asthma. It is also used as a cardiac tonic. Dose is from 1/2 to 2 drachms.
is an Ayurvedic
remedy that contains Sida cordifolia. It is used for hemiplegia, stiff-neck, facial paralysis and noise in the ears with
Another Ayurvedic herbal
oil that contains Sida cordifolio is Balataila
(Bala Taila, Bala Thailam). It is used for nervous diseases, facial
paralysis, and sciatica. It is very efficacious in curing those
diseases when they are due to inflammation of the nerves. It is also used as a cardiac
Root juice is used to promote the healing of wounds. In combination
with other herbs it is also used for increasing sexual power.
For intermittent fever attended with cold shivering fits:
Use a decoction of the Sida cordifolia root and ginger.
Pound the root of Sida cordifolia into a paste. Mix it with the juice of pahuyrah tree. Apply
For the relief of leucorrhoea
Take powdered root-bark of Sida cordifolia
mixed well with milk and sugar.
Dhanwantri Tailam (21 and 101 times boiled)
is an Ayurvedic herbal oil that contains S. cordifolia and 47 other
substances prepared in milk. It is recommended for all disorders produced by the derangement of
vata dosha, emaciation, weakness, diseases of generative organs, paralysis and rheumatism.
This oil was clinically proven to be effective for neuralgia. Recommended
dose of the oil is quarter tola taken in cumin-seed decoction.
Prabhanjana Vimardhana is a compound liniment made up of S. cordifolia and the five bigger roots of dashamula.
It is used for external application in sciatica and neuritis of legs attended with pain.
Leaves of this herb are mucilaginous and used as a demulcent and with other cooling leaves are applied in ophthalmia. Leaves mixed with rice are given to alleviate the bloody
In infusion they are prescribed in fevers as a cooling medicine and to check bloody fluxes. When fresh, they are bruised and applied to boils to promote suppuration. Leaves are cooked and eaten in cases of bleeding piles.
Seeds are used in gonorrhoea, cystitis, piles, colic and tenesmus. Boiled milk whisked with fibrinous twigs coagulates. The fluid
is decanted and is given internally for piles.
Juice of the whole plant pounded with a little water is given for spermatorrhoea, rheumatism and
gonorrhea. Dose: 1/4 seer.
Roots, leaves and seeds are all used in Ayurveda as a stomachic and as a cardiac tonic.
Caution: Do not take in excess if congested.
This herb contain
ephedrine, an ingredient found in ephedra. Although no reported safety
risk exists for this herb, ephedra has been found to be dangerous and can
cause death if not used properly. Please read the information
in holisticonline.com about the risks of ephedra.
No other information available. Do not take this herb without the supervision of a qualified professional.
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