English :European white water-lily
Manipuri :Tharo angouba
Group :Angiosperm (Dicotyledon)
Species :alba Linn.
Habit :Aquatic rooted herb
Parts Used :Rhizome, Flower and Fruit
Mode of Preparation :Flower and fruit boiled for extract. Rhizome boiled for extract. Rhizome, flower/ fruit soaked in water for infusion. Petioles and flowers edible as salad.
Mode of use :Decoction, Infusion
Ingredients :Alcoholic extract of rhizome contains alkaloid ‘Nymphaeine’. It has a mild sedative and spasmolytic action, but in excess causes paralysis. Rhizome contains alkaioids, resin, glycosides and tannins.
Ailment Treated:Decoction of rhizome given in diarrhoea. Infusion of flowers and fruits is used in diarrhoea. Roots and rhizomes are astringent, antiseptic, slightly narcotic and can be used for dysentery.
Source:Generally grown in ponds and lakes.