Latin name : Parmelia perlata
Sanskrit/Indian name : Shaileyam
Urdu Name : Charila
General information :
Stone Flowers are lichens growing in rosettes or spreading irregularly over the substratum, which gives the appearance of a flower. It is mainly composed of fungal mycelia, which forms a network enclosing algal cells.
The plant has astringent, bitter, acrid, cooling, anti-inflammatory and aphrodisiac properties.
Therapeutic constituents :
Usnic acid is the key active component of Stone Flowers, which have antimicrobial and antifungal properties.
Key therapeutic benefits :
- Stone Flowers are an important ingredient in herbal compositions for the treatment of seminal weakness and male sexual debility.
- It is also administered in fungal infections in women, like vaginal candidiasis.