Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Adhatoda beddomei

Botanical name : Adhatoda beddomei C.B.Clarke. (Justicia beddomei (Clarke) Bennet.)
Family : Acanthaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Vasa, Vasaka, Vrisha, Vrishaka, Simhasya, Vishnu, Vajidanta, Adaroosha

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Tikta, Kashaya
Guna : Lakhu, Rooksha
Virya : Seeta
Vipaka: Katu

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Malabar nut
Hindi : Adusa, Arusa
Malayalam : Adalotakam, Chittadalatokam

Distribution – In southern parts of India, especially in Kerala.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A large shrub or small tree grows up to 3-4 meters in height. Leaves simple, opposite, ovate-lanceolate, acute or acuminate and shiny. Flowers arises from axillary condensed spikes, white; fruits capsules.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated pitta, kapha, cough, bronchitis, asthma, inflammation, hemorrhage, hemorrhoids, diseases of eyes, and bleeding diarrhea.
Useful part : Whole plant.

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