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Year : 1990  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 212-214

'Amrithapala' (Janakia arayalpatra, Joseph & Chandrasekharan), a new drug from the kani tribe of Kerala

1 Regional research Laboratory (CSIR), Jammu Tawi-180 001, India
2 Aicrpe, Regional Research Institute (Drug Research), CCRAS, Trivandrum, India

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Amrithapala (Janakia arayalpatra), a rare and endemic plant species found in the Southern forests of Western Ghat region of kerala, is used by the local 'Kani' tribe as an effective remedy for peptic ulcer, cancer-like afflictions and as a rejuvenating tonic. Search made in Ayurvedic literature indicates that the plant may be the divine drug named variously as MRITHA SANJEEVINI (the drug that can revive unconscious or dead) or SANJEEVINI, THAMPRA RASAYANI in the Oushadha Nighantu (Dictionary of Medicinal Drugs) of Tayyil Kumaran Krishnan (1906)

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