Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Aconitum napellus


Botanical name : Aconitum napellus Linn, Aconitum ferox Linn.
Family : Ranunculaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Vatsanabha, Halahala, Pranahara

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Madhura
Guna : Rooksha, Teekshna, Lakhu, Vyavayi, Vikashi
Virya : Ushna
Vipaka : Madhura

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Indian aconite
Hindi : Bachnag, Meetavish
Malayalam : Vatsanabhi

Distribution – Cultivated in Himachal Pradesh, Panjab, Sikkim states in India; also grows wild in Himalayan peninsula.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A biennial herb grows up to 90 cm in height. Leaves scattered with slender petiole, palmately compound, with fleshy leaf blades. Flowers blue, in long recemes. Fruits oblong, seeds obovoid to pyramidal shaped, Root tubers are dark brown and is extremely poisonous.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated vata, pitta, fever, cough, asthma, bronchitis, hypotension, colic, flatulence, dyspepsia, amenorrhea, skin diseases, low back pain, arthritis, hepatitis and cardiac debility. The root powder in large dose is narcotic to lethal.
Useful part : Root tuber.

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