Country Mallow/Beejband Siyah (بیجبند سیاہ) also known as Flannel Weed and Sida Cordifolia, is a small shrub native to India, Cambodia, and Sri Lanka. However, country mallow has spread all over the world and can be found in most countries.
The plant is used in Brazilian folk medicine for the treatment of inflammation of the oral mucosa, blennorrhea, asthmatic bronchitis and nasal congestion.
It is also used as a healing herb in many parts of Africa for various ailments, particularly for respiratory problems.
Sida cordifolia has been investigated as an anti-inflammatory, for preventing cell proliferation, and for encouraging liver re-growth.
Country mallow is likely unsafe for any use. Sida cordifolia contains ephedrine. Sida cordifolia is banned in the US due to safety concerns. Another herb that contains ephedrine called ephedra is linked to high blood pressure, heart attacks, muscle disorders, seizures, strokes, irregular heartbeat, loss of consciousness, and death. Sida cordifolia might also cause these side effects.
Sida cordifolia might also cause dizziness, restlessness, irritability, insomnia, headache, lack of appetite, nausea, vomiting, flushing, tingling, difficulty urinating, and pounding heartbeat.
Do not use Sida cordifolia with other stimulants such as caffeine. This might increase the chance of having side effects, including life-threatening ones. Sources of caffeine include coffee, tea, kola nut, guarana, and mate.
Avoid usage during pregnancy and breastfeeding.