English: Levant cotton
Sanskrit: Karpasa, Karpasi, Tundikeri
Malayalam: Paruthy- പരുത്തി
The cotton plant is mainly cultivated for textile and another commercial purpose, Indian Cotton Plant is also used in the preparation of many Ayurveda medicines. It is a perennial plant, a shrub-like herb that grows up to 12 feet tall and spreads widely at maturity. The leaves are hairy, alternating arranged, heart-shaped, with pointed lobes, deep green, three to five lobed at the apex, and measure up to 7 inches long. The flowers are five-petaled like hibiscus flowers, and creamy white to yellow in color. The taproot with many lateral branches, penetrating as deeply in the soil.
Useful plant parts: Root, leaves, flower, seed
Medicinal uses: Aphrodisiac, Nerve tonic, to treat amenorrhea, regulates menstruation
Chemical contents: Hemigosypol, Quercimetitrin, Gossypol, Caryophyllene, Pinene, Limonene
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