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Katphala, Myrica esculenta

Katphala is a small tree or large shrub native to the hills of northern India and Nepal. It is found in hilly regions of northern India and Nepal especially in the regions of Garhwal and Kumaon of Uttarakhand and western Nepal especially at elevations between 3,000 and 6,000 feet. It is also found at elevations below 1500m in the mid hills of Nepal.

Uses: Fevers, Asthma, Coughs, Rheumatism, Cholera, Blotches, Pimples, Catarrh, Dysentery.

Chemical Composition: The fruits of Myrica nagi are known for their ravishing taste and have been reported for reducing sugars, tannins and Vitamin C22, 23. It contains Gallic acid, Catechin, Chlorogenic acid and ρ–coumaric acid in the ethanolic extract of the fruits were examined by HPLC analysis.

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