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Bengali Name : Bedele
Chinese Name : Ke dong
English Name : Country Mallow, Flannel Weed, Indian Ephedra
German Name : Sandmalve, Indische Malve
Gujarati Name : Baldana, Bal, Bala
Hindi Name : Bariar, Bariyal, Khirenti, Khareti
Kannada Name : Kisangi, Hettuti Gida
Latin name : Sida cordifolia Linn.
Marathi Name : Chikana, Tupkaria
Persian Name : Beejband Siah
Punjabi Name : Kharehti, Simak
Sanskrit Name : Beejband, Bala, Jayanti
Urdu Name : Beejband Siah
The plant contains the alkaloid ephedrine (0.8% to 1.2%) and pseudo-ephedrine along with other compounds as active ingredients that stimulate the cardio-vascular system and central nervous system (CNS). The seeds are considered to be analgesic, antiasthmatic, aphrodisiac, astringent, cooling, demulcent, diaphoretic, diuretic, emollient, nervine, nutritive, rejuvenative, spermatogenetic, stimulant, sweet and tonic. It has been used in India for over 2,000 years now to treat a variety of health disorders like bronchial asthma, common cold, flu, chills, headache, nasal congestion, aching joints and bones, cough, wheezing and oedema. One of its uses is in weight loss too as the ephedrine alkaloids control metabolism in human body.
It also helps balance proper amounts of the male hormone, testosterone and increases sexual desire. Useful in spermatorrhoea, nocturnal emission, leucorrhoea, rheumatism and gonorrhoea. Develops body resistance or immunity against infection.
Recommended Dosage: 3 to 6 g powder.
Contraindication: Sida cordifolia when used excessively can cause ephedrine related side effects like insomnia, anxiety, nervousness, increase in blood pressure, memory loss or even stroke. Ephedrine coupled with caffeine can prove fatal. Patients subjected to IOC drug testing, using MAO inhibitor medication (anti-depressants), having high blood pressure, heart disease, thyroid or prostate condition along with pregnant or lactating women should not take this herb except under expert guidance.