Grewia asiatica Health effects and herbal facts

Known as
phalsa

Grewia asiatica in Sindhi Pharwa is a species of Grewia native to southern Asia from Pakistan, India east to Cambodia, and widely cultivated in other tropical countries. Grewia celtidifolia was initially considered a mere variety of Phalsa, but is now recognized as a distinct species. It is a shrub or small tree growing to 8 m tall. The leaves are broadly rounded, 5–18 cm long and broad, with a petiole 1-1.5 cm long. The flowers are produced in cymes of several together, the individual flowers about 2 cm diameter, yellow, with five large sepals and five smaller petals. The fruit is an edible drupe 5–12 mm diameter, purple to black when ripe.

Grewia asiatica

Medical use

Economic importance of Grewia asiatica

Human food beverage base fruit
Medicines folklore

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Geografical distribution

  • ASIA-TROPICAL
    Native
    • Indian Subcontinent: Bangladesh; India - Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal

Biological activities

AntiHIV
Betulin found in Bark ;found in Stem Bark
Anticarcinomic
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Antifeedant
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Antiflu
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Antiinflammatory
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Antitumor
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Antiviral
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Aphidifuge
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Cytotoxic
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Hypolipemic
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Prostaglandin-Synthesis-Inhibitor
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Topoisomerase-II-Inhibitor
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Chemicals detected

Chemical Plant part Low ppm High ppm
Betulin Bark
Stem Bark
Reference: Dr. Duke's Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases. [Online Database]