Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Aerva lanata


Botanical name : Aerva lanata (Linn.) Juss.ex Schultes
Family : Amaranthaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Bhadra, Kurandaka, Gorakshaganja

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Tikta
Guna : Lakhu, Snigda
Virya : Seeta

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English :
Hindi : Chaya
Malayalam : Cherula, Cherupula

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A semi erect many branched under shrub grows up to 50 cm in height. Leaves are simple, alternate, short petioled, tomentose, and become smaller in the flowering twigs. Flowers are small sessile, greenish or whitish, often found in spikes. Fruits are greenish round compressed utricle, seeds kidney shaped and small.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated pitta, urinry infection, vesical calculi, cough, and boils.
Useful part : Whole plant.

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