Pavetta indica L.,

DeFilipps, Robert A. & Krupnick, Gary A., 2018, The medicinal plants of Myanmar, PhytoKeys 102, pp. 1-341: 150

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Pavetta indica L.


Pavetta indica L. 


Myanmar: myet-hna-pan, myet-na-myin-gyin, ponnayeik, se-baung-gyan, za-gwe-pan. English: white pavetta.


India, southern China, Malay Archipelago, northern Australia. In Myanmar, found in Mandalay and Yangon.


Leaf: Used in a fomentation. Root: Used as a laxative and to treat dropsy, as an aperient.


The medicinal uses of this species in India are discussed in Jain and DeFilipps (1991). In Indo-China a decoction of wood chips is used to treat rheumatism, and also applied on an abscess; on the Malay Peninsula crushed leaves are made into a poultice for boils, and crushed roots for itch; the leaves also serve as a lotion for ulcerated nose (a little may be drunk) ( Perry 1980). In the Philippines the bark, powdered or in a decoction, is given to correct visceral obstructions especially of children, and the decocted leaves are used externally to relieve the pain of hemorrhoids ( Perry 1980).

Reported constituents of the stem include an alkaloid, essential oil, resin, tannin, pectic principle; those of the roots are resin, starch, organic acid, and a bitter glycoside resembling salicin ( Perry 1980).


Nordal (1963), Perry (1980).