Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Abrus precatorius




Botanical name : Abrus precatorius Linn.
Family : Fabaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Gunja, Kakanantika, Kakapilu, Raktika, Kakadani

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Tikta, Kashaya
Guna : Guru, Teekshna, Rooksha
Virya : Ushna

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Jequirity, Indian liquorice, Wild liquorice
Hindi : Gunchi, Ratti
Malayalam : Kunni

Distribution – Throughout India, growing wild on bushes and hedges.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A deciduous climber with tough branches. Leaves pinnately compound with many pairs of leaflets, leaflets oblong; flowers pink, found in clusters arranged on one side of recemose inflorescence; fruits pods; seeds usually scarlet with black spot or pure white colored.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated pitta, vata, inflammation, vitiligo, skin disease, wounds, alopecia, asthma, stomatitis and fever.
Useful part : Root, Leaves, Seeds.

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