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Description for Ipomoea turpethum
It is a herbaceous, somewhat hairy vine reaching a length of 5 meters or more. The stems are often purplish, prominently 2- to 4- angled, and narrowly winged. The leaves are entire, ovate, 5-15 cm long, narrowing to a pointed tip, and broad, somewhat heart-shaped, or straight at the base. The inflorescences (cymes) have few straight flowers and are borne in the axils of the leaves. Seeds are large and glabrous.
The roots are usually dull grey, long, slender, fleshy, cylindrical, elongated and bear thin rootlets. They are 1.5-15 cm long, 1-5 cm in diameter. The thicker pieces, sometimes split and show central wood portion. The roots taste slightly acrid and nauseating. The stems often contain latex. Roots are usually fibrous but sometimes form root stalks or tubers.
The dried and powdered root-bark is considered cathartic and laxative, resembling jalap in its action. It is a drastic purgative of phlegmatic humor and bile. With ginger, it is particularly beneficial in rheumatic and paralytic affections.Reduces gastric acid secretion, acidity
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