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Microcos paniculata

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Microcos paniculata (Template:Zh)<ref name="herbTCM">http://alternativehealing.org/bu_zha_ye.htm</ref> is a flowering shrub native to China and south-east Asia.<ref>http://www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?flora_id=600&taxon_id=200013612</ref> It is sometimes added to Chinese herbal tea,<ref>Template:Cite web</ref> having a mildly sour taste. In traditional Chinese medicine the plant is believed to help the digestive system, and it is also used for other health problems including colds, hepatitis, diarrhea, heat stroke, and dyspepsia.<ref name="herbTCM" /> None of these alleged claims have shown to be effective in clinical trials. The herb may have a placebo effect.

Common Names<ref>http://www.flowersofindia.net/catalog/slides/Shiral.html</ref><ref>http://www.instituteofayurveda.org/plants/plants_detail.php?i=1305&s=Family_name</ref>

  • Hindi - Shiral (शिरल)
  • Marathi - Shirali
  • Tamil - Visalam
  • Malayalam - Kottakka
  • Kannada - Biliyabhhrangu
  • Bengali - Asar
  • Sinhala - Keliya (කෑලිය) /Kohu-kirilla (කොහු-කිරිල්ල)

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